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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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Include my former PhD advisor in publication or submit by myself?

I have been doing basic molecular biology research since 2001 and am now doing other things that I love, but I still work with molecular biology. I was working with my protein of interest during my ...
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Suggestions for learning new techniques during postdoc training

I am about to finish my PhD. My PhD work mainly have computational biology focus(60%) and rest of them are experimental biology. Due to lack of experimental biology goal I am thinking of learning new ...
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Is it badly viewed to have company funded research during one's thesis when applying for their first postdoc

I have a friend that might be doing an academic (not industrial) thesis in a biology related topic where one of the projects would be funded by a company that sells a product that will be tested in ...
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Bioinformatics career outlook and education requirement? [closed]

I'm currently applying to a graduate school PhD program and have a question regarding bioinformatics field. Can a person with Biology PhD degree who works in a lab that is heavily informatics, ...
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Is it okay to provide a list of manuscripts that are in preparation? [duplicate]

I am preparing my CV for a Ph.D. application. Can I include a list of papers that are currently in preparation?
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Is there more competition for postdoc/faculty positions in the biological sciences, compared to similar positions in the health sciences?

I am seeking advice/input from graduate students and faculty within the fields of health sciences and integrative physiology/biology regarding employment opportunities, competition, and compensation ...
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How to deal with bad undergrad researchers

I am a grad student in the life sciences. I have to mentor several undergrad students. One student in particular is just so bad and is always getting confused with protocols. He can't follow a ...
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How can I transition into genome editing after a theoretical physics PhD?

I had a very bad PhD experience which has led to complete loss of motivation to pursue a career in theoretical physics. I don't have the motivation anymore to work on topics which are very abstract ...
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Co-first author dilemma?

My PI wants to put me as co-first author, listed second, on a paper where I've done about 5-10% of the work. I didn't come up with any of the project, or do any of the writing or analysis, just helped ...
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What information to share and what to hide?

Science and research is open knowledge. We should always share our knowledge with each other. However in current competitive world, scooping research is very common (specially in bioinformatics, ...
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Applying to a phd program outside of my field

I have a biology bachelors degree and have been working in a lab for over a year now. My PI is moving universities and recently asked me to join her new lab as a computer science student (I’m ...
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I have designed a course activity, how can I turn this into a publication?

I am a biologist I have only published in biology journals. This time I would like to publish a more education centered paper if I can. This is an undergraduate course activity that should take a few ...
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What maths knowledge is required for a lab-based (molecular and cell biology) PhD?

I am currently enrolled on an MSci in Biosciences and am planning to apply to PhDs starting next year. I want to use my final summer to practise my maths skills which are severely lacking. Because I ...
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Need help advising my life-science / biochem daughter on choice of major, career, and internships [closed]

My daughter will be starting her senior year of high school and plans to study a biochemistry related field in college. (Makes me wonder if biophysics might be up her alley.) She participates in the ...
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What ethical considerations should I be aware of when performing (and publishing) research on live insects?

I have studied different insects for my entire academic career, but I've never had to work with live specimens before. I am considering a project where I will need to capture live dragonflies and look ...
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Master thesis biochemistry

I am looking for a topic for my master's thesis in the field of biochemistry, but there is a problem, how can I make sure that the topic I have chosen is not repeated? Because there are many sites, ...
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Advice for online PhD interview presentation

I recently applied for an advertised PhD project and I've made it to the interview stage. For the interview I have been asked to prepare a 5-minute presentation explaining (1) why I am interested/...
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How to move from a physics background to a career in biology research

I have a bachelor's degree in physics and I am finishing my master's degree in applied physics, in the field of biophysics. So, in particular, I study methods typical of physics to investigate ...
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File formats in the peer review process (if some do not use office/libreoffice editors)

I was wondering if there are any journals that do not use 'doc' or any other similar file formats in the review process In my experience I have used 'track changes' in some document editor to ...
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Manuscript rejected for no reason after revision. Elsevier

After submitting to one of the journals in Elsevier recently, we got a response as following: I think the manuscript can be improved and should be resubmitted, but the changes will probably take too ...
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Poor Grades in CS Masters, Applying for Biology PhD [duplicate]

Thank you for your help in advance. I am considering PhD programs in the biology of aging. I am a 2020 college graduate with a Chemistry BA from a top 25 university in the US. During this time, I ...
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Career Planning to optimize for Biomedical Research [closed]

I completed my A-levels with good grades (4.0) and want to work as a biomedical researcher (I am not so certain about the specific field but for now I really like Neuroscience especially Brain-Machine-...
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Topics for consideration for someone interested in graduate school [closed]

What are some topics or questions that undergraduates or post-baccalaureates would have when they are considering applying to graduate school, particularly in the fields of biology, ecology, natural ...
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Has the nature of the biological sciences shifted to cell/molecular biology instead of physical science/biochemistry/enzymology?

I study biochemistry at my university. It seems like most of the younger faculty come from a cell biology / molecular biology background, while older professors seem to come from more of a physical ...
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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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Pursuing a PhD on major of mathematical biology with an irrelevant bachelors degree

I am 29 years old and have majored in political science and obtained a B.A. degree with it. I'm asking this question since I want to ask for some advice about in what case would there be any ...
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Faux pas to send personal email along with letter of reference?

I'm a new professor and am writing my first letters of recommendation. I have an undergrad student that is truly quite good applying to a summer research program at an institution where I have people ...
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How do you write a good reaserch paper title?

I'm doing a paper on the medicinal properties of everyday plants but my prof. says that its too broad and I need to narrow it down. I want to start by figuring out a better title that is more ...
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are there paid graduate school coaches/consultants (Europe)

I'm a master's student. I need to hire a coach/consultant who can advise on academic politics and procedures and knows European or Australian/New Zealand unis and available finances. My google skills ...
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Which one to choose.... Interests vs Skills? [closed]

I am supposed to choose between mathematics and biology for the next stage of my academic career, i.e. college at undergraduate level. This will broadly classify my local career options into ...
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Is "bench researcher" a formal / professional term?

I am applying to a computational biology job. I want to make it clear that I am extremely interested in the practical aspects of my work, wet-biology generally, and collaborating with / supporting ...
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How do graduate admissions committees (in Biology) view BS in Biology completed all online?

I am thinking of getting a post-baccalaureate degree in botany (or biology with plant science concentration) in order to prepare for graduate work in the same field. (My previous work is in sociology ...
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Is it appropriate for peer-reviewer to look for possible plagiarism?

I'm in the second year of a post-doc, and currently participating in my first experience as a peer-reviewer (my lab PI recommended me to the editor because he's too busy to do it right now). I noticed ...
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Redundant academic recommendation letter vs. a professional one?

I am applying for a PhD in tumor biology in the United States. Most institutions require 3 letters of recommendation. I currently work at a lab doing cancer research where I have two PIs as my bosses. ...
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I want to study human brain and consciousness. Should i study neuroscience or neuro-physics? [closed]

I am a high school student and my dream is to study about human brain and consciousness. Which subject should I study in university, neuroscience or neuro-physics (which is a branch of biophysics)?
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3 Letters of Recommendation for Bio Grad School [duplicate]

I'm a rising senior in college and I'm looking into grad programs in biology. For the Letter of Recommendation requirement I have found that usually 3 are required. Currently I can only think of 2 ...
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Mistakes post publication

I just discovered some mistake after the online publication? There are two mistakes- instead of figure S4A (supplementary figure), it says Figure S3A at two places. It's very embarrassing, should I ...
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Changing fields from Mathematics to Biology/Chemistry

I’m currently in my penultimate year of an undergraduate degree in mathematics. I’ve been thinking about changing fields completely. I love maths, so I intend to graduate with this degree and I’m ...
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PhD transfer during first year [closed]

This year I was accepted into two PhD programs (USC and WashU). I had a very specific research interest, and the USC program used to be my first choice, because there were so many professors in the ...
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Transitioning from bioinformatics to wet lab?

I had a very bad PhD experience in developmental biology. My project was supposed to be wet lab and it was, but I didn't learn a lot of techniques. At the end I got into bioinformatics and, because my ...
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IT, life sciences and self-hate [closed]

To give you some background: I spent 4 years getting a PhD in a second-tier university in Europe, struggling heavily with no input, mentorship or encouragement from the PI. Then I did 3 year of ...
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Confused about masters project

I am an integrated master student doing a rather short project of only 4months in the lab (due to covid). The project is quite a weird one as it either works or it doesn't and if it doesn't I have no ...
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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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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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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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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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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 to transition from pure biology PhD to bioinformatics/biostatistics?

I've been working as a PhD student in biology and currently in my last year. However I realised just a year into my PhD that I hated doing experiments, I really hated it. I think one of the reasons ...
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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 ...