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On standards or conventions specific to biology as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field

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How important is it to cite the earliest report of something?

As a general rule I try to put in some due diligence to cite the authors who first provided strong evidence of something that I'm referencing, even if I wasn't aware of their work before I started ...
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Can I become a tenure-track prof in one dept (biology) and teach in a different dept (math) with only one PhD?

I recently defended my PhD in Neuroscience and am starting a postdoc soon. Like a lot of people who take this track, I hope to one day have my own research lab at a university. I would also like to ...
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PhD in Biology: how time consuming?

I am currently pursuing my master's in bio-medicine. I am taking classes, doing research, and working as a graduate assistant at the same time. So far it has turned out to be very time consuming. I ...
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Getting into a PhD program with a low gpa but good profile [duplicate]

I am going to apply to few PhD programs in Microbiology (I'm particularly very interested in Microbial ecology) but I'm afraid my undergrad gpa (8.5/10 for the first 6 semester as I'm currently in my ...
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How can I accredit my Russian kandidat nauk in biology to PhD in USA?

I have a kandidat nauk in biology from Russia, and as I know it's equivalent to a PhD degree outside post-Soviet countries. My question is what do I need to do to accredit my degree in the USA? Which ...
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Is an invitation to 'chat' about a potential PhD position actually an interview? What am I to expect?

I've been invited for a chat for a potential PhD position by a professor I'm interested in working with. He also wants me to give a short presentation on some experiments I've done in the past that I'...
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Can there be context rich problems in Biology?

Context-rich problems are short realistic scenarios giving students a plausible motivation for solving the problem. As we search research literature, one can see lots of research in context rich ...
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Independent research after grad school while holding a somehow unrelated career. What are the potential caveats or problems?

I recently graduated from a master's degree while working on an interesting but niche intersection of machine learning and biology. This area is of my personal interest and I believe it can impact the ...
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Germany undergrad: is it possible to switch from medicine to biology?

My niece in Germany is applying for undergrad colleges, at this point she likes medicine and biology both. But she is not sure if she wants to end up being a doctor or a molecular biology researcher. ...
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If I have an undergraduate degree in a science field, can i switch to engineering in grad school? [closed]

If I have a B.Sc. in molecular biology, can I switch to master's in petroleum engineering? And what is required to make such a transition? (A transition from a science field to an engineering field.)
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cell biology PhD desiring to do postdoc in bioinformatic [closed]

I am junior phD student in cell biology and recently I have been much into bioinformatic. I am currently learning basics of R language. Do you think if it is possible for me to do a postdoc in either ...
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Is peer review process totally theoretical?

Does the peer review process involve only theoretical analysis or it contains some practical components?
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My supervisor is putting my name on a paper I disagree with. What will happen if it is found to be wrong?

My supervisor is publishing a paper and naming me as the first author. I did the data analysis for the paper but part of the interpretation in the paper I regard as wrong. I argued with him but he ...
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How to position myself to transition from doing wet lab research to doing computational work? [closed]

I am in the first quarter of the second year of my PhD. I learned to code as a hobby and have been quite passionate about analytical stuff. I got taken for a PhD basic research project which required ...
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In biology papers, is it standard to to list names of people who contributed to code tools, but did nothing else towards a paper?

A while ago, I spent some time working for a lab doing biology research. While I was there, my main job was to write code to automatically perform specific kinds of analysis on the collected data, ...
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How important is having research experience in the same department you are applying for?

I have a B.S. in math from the United States and am returning to school in the US for a second B.S. in microbiology because: 1) I have no research experience; 2) I have no excellent LORs as a result ...
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How does the teaching of biology differ from teaching physics? [closed]

Respected teachers, I have this question for quite some time and I need your ideas. When we teach physics we can have a lot of brainstorming sessions and adopt the "scientific method" ( ...
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What are the main practical complications/challenges to using Linux as your full time OS, particularly as faculty in Biology/Ecology?

I am an ecology post-doc and considering switching from Windows to Linux for my main work computer (I am not a mathematical modeller). I have used Linux before and I am aware that, with effort, one ...
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How to publish in genetics without access to funding or a lab?

I am currently working in quite new university as lecturer for applied medical science undergrad in genetics subjects. I am facing some issues: The university requires every lecturer do some ...
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Finishing with only 2 papers (both co-authorship)

So, I am about to gain my PhD degree in Biochemistry (Cancer biochemistry) in december. But I'll have finished it only with 2 papers (3rd one, which is the one totally about my thesis project is due ...
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Faculty funding in biomedical postgraduate-only institutions

What is the model for faculty funding in biomedical postgraduate-only or research-only institutions? I understand the distinction between "soft" vs "hard" money and I was told that in medical ...
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Transitioning back to science after working outside of the field?

I went to university studying Immunology but university as a whole was rough for me because I was a poor international student (on scholarship) and my mental health was really bad in general. I ...
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Is it worth the risk to apply to REUs? How likely am I to be accepted? [closed]

I am applying to biology REUs(Research Experience for Undergraduates) this summer. Would a white female junior from a small R2 university, 3.9 gpa, and one summer of research experience be likely ...
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What affiliation to put on paper? [duplicate]

I finished my Master one year ago and now I am writing a paper from my master thesis. But now i am a PhD student in another university (another country). Which affiliation i should write in the paper?....
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Possible contents of a risk-assessment matrix for a grant proposal

I am post-doc from biological sciences writing a grant proposal. One of the sections of the application is dedicated to risk assessment of the given project. There were no further instructions. I can ...
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writing a brief description of yourself [closed]

I have just started my first job in a company as an engineer, I was asked to write a brief description of myself which will be sent to all the staffs. Could you please provide some template? how we ...
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Academic postdoc: Interview process time insights

I had an informal meeting via Skype for a postdoc position that I am highly interested in, speaking of which, I was invited for a formal interview soon after. I was asked to give a talk to the lab (...
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Why bioRxiv instead of arXiv.bio?

In view of the need of a preprint repository for biology science, why was it necessary to start bioRxiv, instead of a biology section in arXiv? Is there any fundamental difference between the two? ...
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I've been rejected from every research program/professor I've applied to for summer. What do I do?

I'm a sophomore biology major. I'd like to be in a research lab, but am willing to do anything related to my major: interning for environmental consulting, working for the state epa, etc. The issue is ...
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Manuscript was “unsubmitted” because the manuscript was deposited in Arxiv Preprints

One of my manuscripts was "unsubmitted" and potentially rejected by the journal for the reason that it was submitted to a preprint server. Is it normal for the journal to reject a paper that was ...
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Author order - seniority vs contribution

I have a manuscript (in the field of biomedical research) close to submission with four authors: me (as first author) (ME), my ex-boss (as senior author) (EB) and two more authors of which one is a ...
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Should I push for my paper to be published as an undergraduate?

I've been doing a research attachment as an undergraduate in a malaria culture lab and my project involves the screening and hit prioritisation of anti-cancer drugs for repurposing use against malaria....
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Postdoc vs Assistant Prof - which is better for a career academic?

All questions are hypothetical as of now. I work in the health / biomedical sciences. I have been a postdoc for about 2.5 years and had to leave the postdoc after the lab closed. I have been ...
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How to by-pass bioethics for a trivial bio-experiment?

I am from Computer Science (CS) doing microscopy imaging applications, mainly in software side. Recently we submitted a paper to Scientific Reports on a new algorithm. My own human blood cells (a ...
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Short postdoc abroad

I'm looking for some career/life advice. I am currently 9 months into my first postdoc job in the US (originally 1 year contract) in the life sciences, after finishing a PhD in the UK. My contract ...
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I'm afraid of chemicals. How do I handle my required uni biology class?

I have a freshman requirement as a science student for at least 3 core science classes, and I picked physics as often as I could. However, I must choose either chem or bio as my third. I chose bio. ...
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Is an interest in the Philosophy of Biology a good reason to pursue grad studies in Evolutionary Biology? [closed]

I have always leaned more towards questions surrounding psychology, sociology, and philosophy but fate has me graduating with a BSc in Biology this year. Would it be smart to pursue it further more ...
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Should I decline unrelated work assigned by PhD advisor?

During the past years of my PhD program in biology, my advisor has developed a habit of lending my service to other labs/groups for potential collaborating opportunities. In addition to helping fellow ...
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Can I not ask my advisor for recommendation letter if I'm applying for an industry job?

I'm currently in my fifth year of my PhD in a molecular biology lab, and I have since last year decided to transition to computational biology field. My advisor is very much into molecular biology ...
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Completing a Microbiology PhD in a hospital research institute rather than university

I'm considering doing my PhD work in a research institute of a hospital which is associated with my university (joint appointments). What are some advantages and disadvantages to this? Is it wise to ...
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I want to do a masters in Biology, but I hate lab work [closed]

I have one year left of my Biology degree in the UK, and I want to do a masters. I love biology and I enjoy learning, specifically in cellular and cancer biology. However, I do not enjoy labs, I find ...
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How to avoid personal issues interfering with my Ph.D. studies?

Background My life had (and still has) difficult problems (chronic disease and its consequences: social isolation, anxiety, having to take extra measures to take care of my health...). As a ...
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Does anybody have some research papers writing advices?

I am writing a biology research paper. My topic is related to organs transplantation (current issues, ethical problems etc). I have written a draft and showed it to my professor. She was satisfied ...
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How can I get a postdoctoral position in neuroscience after completing my PhD in Mechanical Engineering?

I recently completed my PhD in mechanical engineering and have been applying for postdocs in neuroscience for the past 5 months. My field is dynamical systems theory and statistics, so I look up ...
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Rules for notifying co-authors about re-presenting a project at a conference

I am a PhD student in molecular biology & bioinformatics in Australia. I have previously presented one of my projects as a poster at a conference. This was sent for review to all co-authors, ...
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Choosing between a masters at a top tier university, and a PhD at a lower tier university [closed]

I'm in a difficult situation, although I understand that I'm very lucky to be in this position. I'm a final year UK chemical engineering student expecting a mid-high first class B.Eng degree from a ...
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How do I balance interests within a specialized PhD? Do I simply read a lot outside my field?

I'm going to get a Master's in Artificial Intelligence, likely a PhD in Molecular Biology afterwards. I'm thinking I can do computer vision as a hobby while putting most of my energy toward ...
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Soon to have a PhD in theoretical biology - now what? [closed]

So, in a bit more than 1 year, I will have my PhD. I have been doing well, I will probably with 4 papers published by the end of it. However, I have been feeling a bit empty. I feel like I started ...
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People with multiple PhDs and People teach in different departments

Is it allowed for people to obtain multiple PhDs at different stages of their career? I am thinking of Phys and Bio. Then regardless of that, is it allowed to teach in different departments at one or ...
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In biology, can one publish results that were already published in a conference proceedings?

In my old field (a subdiscipline of computer science) it's not unusual to publish a preliminary version of a paper in a conference proceedings, and then later submit an updated version to a journal, ...