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Travis Parsons (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hello! I'm a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in cell & molecular biology at UNLV & MCB Graduate from U.C. Berkeley. I created this blog to share the amazing research going on within the School of Life Sciences with the world. Connect with me on LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/ttparsons

Finishing Up – What’s Left at the End of Graduate School?

Author for this post: Travis Parsons (Ph.D. Candidate)

This post is a follow up to my earlier post, What a typical graduate career in the UNLV School of Life Sciences looks like.

So, you are finally wrapping up your final experiments and preparing to be “ABD”, or “all but dissertation” – But what really comes next?

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What a typical graduate career in the UNLV School of Life Sciences looks like

Author for this post: Travis Parsons (Ph.D. Candidate)

Are you curious about pursuing a Ph.D. in the School of Life Sciences here at UNLV? If so, this is the post for you! A lot of people don’t know what to expect with regard to starting a graduate program. This article is meant to give you a very brief overview of what to expect when starting a new graduate career.

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The ASCB-KGI Biotech Course

Author for this post: Travis Parsons (Ph.D. Candidate)

Last year I was fortunate to be selected to attend a special week-long course jointly offered by The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and Keck Graduate Institute (KGI). As this years applications are about to open up (February), I thought it would be a great time to recap my experience at the course in case anyone is interested in applying.

This course was definitely one of my favorite experiences in my entire graduate career. Essentially, you spend a week in Southern California at the Claremont Colleges campus working with other science graduate students, post-docs, and faculty to learn about the biotech industry, how it works, and how to pursue employment in the industry.

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Course attendees and organizers outside of KGI  (Photo: Jennifer Markovski).

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2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Author for this post: Travis Parsons (Ph.D. Candidate)

Nobel Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was just awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young, three Drosophila (Fruit Fly) researchers who discovered circadian rhythms!

Read more here: https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2017/press.html

Worthwhile Problems

Author for this post: Travis Parsons (Ph.D. Candidate)

The following excerpt of writing is from a letter that the famous Nobel Prize-winning Richard Feynman wrote to a student who felt that the area he was studying was not a worthwhile or significant area of research. It is a powerful message to everyone working through graduate school: Continue reading “Worthwhile Problems”

Choosing a University and a Lab for Graduate School (And How to Survive There)

Author for this post: Travis Parsons (Ph.D. Candidate)

Graduate school is both an arduous journey and a remarkable, unforgettable experience. There are times throughout where every Ph.D. or M.S. student grinds to a halt and questions what they are doing with their life and where they are going. This is why it can be so difficult for young students finishing their college careers to get a consistent opinion from current graduate students on whether this long path of study is right for them. Continue reading “Choosing a University and a Lab for Graduate School (And How to Survive There)”

Proteins, DNA, and GMOs

Author for this post: Travis Parsons (Ph.D. Candidate)

While you may know what DNA is, do you know how it works to physically “make up” who you are? In school, many people were likely taught that DNA is the set of instructions that makes you who you are. While this is true, how do cells use these blueprints to make an organism?

The answer is proteins – an answer that is likely to surprise some people. When we think of proteins, we usually think of our diet macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats). We know meat has a lot of protein, and that body builders like to eat a lot of protein to build muscle. Protein, however, is also so much more. Continue reading “Proteins, DNA, and GMOs”

December Science Café

Author for this post: Travis Parsons (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hello everyone!

Come on out to McMullan’s Irish Pub tomorrow night (Wednesday, 12/2) to hear Dr. Martin Schiller talk about Personal Genome Sequencing, Human Genetic Variation, and Health! Arrive between 6:30 – 6:50 PM and hang out. We’ll begin with Trivia & fun prizes for the winners!

For more information about the Las Vegas Science Café (or to get on our mailing list) please visit our webpage here. Hope to see you there!

November’s Science Café

Author for this post: Travis Parsons (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hello everyone!

We’re excited to announce our first Science Café speaker, Dr. Scott Abella, who will talk about the causes of the Carpenter wildfire that devastated nearly 28,000 acres, including Mt. Charleston.

For more information about the Las Vegas Science Café (or to get on our mailing list) please visit our webpage here. Hope to see you there!

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