Across the globe, a large proportion of research institutions are currently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, sadly bringing an unexpected halt to many scientists' research experiments. What it has not halted, however, is their resourcefulness and creativity.
The #PostItNotePhD challenge asked scientists to summarize their PhD on a single post-it note. Here are a selection of Technology Networks' favorites.
"I study proteins (tools cells use to do their jobs). The ones I’m most interested live in the membrane. I study what they look like using x-rays, how they move using simulations and design inhibitors!"
Dr Sam Rowe
Dr Emily Rickman
Dr Ashley Board
"The aim of my PhD was to better understand (and hopefully replicate) the active site of nickel-iron hydrogenase, an enzyme which metabolizes hydrogen oxidation. This involved synthesizing low molecular weight analogues of the enzyme’s active site and crossing my fingers. [Spoiler alert: success was limited]."
"The center of about one in 10 galaxies shines really brightly across the whole electromagnetic spectrum. For my PhD, I am using deep images of these galaxies to see if galaxy collisions are responsible for setting certain types of these 'Active Galactic Nuclei' off!"
"TLDc - family of proteins expressed in the brain that protect against toxic by-products of neuronal activity - reactive oxygen species (ROS). TLDc’s are mutated in human disease - I use mouse models of these diseases to help uncover the mechanism of TLDc in disease."
"I research how miRNAs and extracellular vesicles influence fetal growth and placental growth/vascular development in pregnant women with diabetes as these women can have bigger babies which can lead to future cardiometabolic complications for the offspring."
Dr Karen Steward