3 minute thesis

Published on:
April 28, 2017

Explaining our PhD research is as essential as conducting the research in the first place. And it's already difficult to explain the research to other scientists in the field, but to present it to a non-science audience, in 3 minutes, now that's the actual challenge!  

It's training us to make fast and quick impact points.  But, training us for what exactly?  It's like pitching a business idea to a panel who will interview hundreds in a day. The real question is how to be unique and credible  in 3 minutes.  What's the real message that we are trying to say about science?

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Science Communication | Science | Challenges

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When Good is Bad

Published on:
January 13, 2017

In this episode we discuss the way that we generate and transfer energy from the producers up to the consumers.

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Energy Production | Light Harvesting | Photosynthesis

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Surviving the Winter

Published on:
December 31, 2016

Explore what it takes to survive the winter if you are a plant. Adaptations to light availability and regulation of photosynthesis and metabolism are some of the mechanisms that plants depend on since they lack the ability to move to a better habitat in search of more resources.

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Plant Survival | Photosynthesis | Plant Responses

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Blinded Science Ep. 1

Published on:
November 30, 2016

Often times, we don't get a chance to explain ourselves.  Ironically, when we do get ample time to explain ourselves, we don't exactly know when to stop.  I know, I often run into those moments when my partner in conversation is grinning at me, with a look of confusion on their face.  Or when explaining an idea to a colleague, that I should have rehearsed beforehand, but thought I could explain it well.  When asked by a job interviewer "why do you want to work here", those unprepared  would have a hard time finding an answer to such a broad question.  Even if prepared, getting all the thoughts together, so to sound natural, can be as difficult.  

But what if you weren't allowed to speak naturally?  Anyone who has presented their research or interests to somebody with no prior knowledge about it, has surely wondered how much detail should be said or just talked until the other person started to think about anything else but what is being explained.   Surely, as scientists, as good presenters, we know that not everyone will have the same training or background for a particular subject.  Therefore, to get our word across, we must adapt to our audience.  

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Communication | Presentation skills | Challenges

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Research for our Planet

Published on:
June 1, 2016

Research for our Planet outlines my current PhD research at the University of Sheffield. I depict a post-apocalyptic era at the start, which was caused by replacing natural systems with artificial systems, built and managed by a so-called Rubis Corporation. Over the years there was a collapse in society and most organisms went extinct. I then do a quick jump to some time before the conflict, showing how different the 'current' world is from this post-apocalyptic world. My research focuses on engineering C4 photosynthesis in C3 plants, that include rice, in hopes to produce high crop yields for the future. To fully develop C4-augmented crop species, we need to understand the mechanisms that enable efficient carbon fixation in C4 plants. 

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PhD Research | C4 Photosynthesis | Agriculture

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