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I am looking for a post-doc to join my lab in the next 6 months. I know, I am a #NewPI, and I am fully aware of the stigma associated with one. Here are a few reasons why you should consider my lab 🧵(1/n)
1. I know what it is like to be a post-doc. You will have the ability to direct your project and work on questions that interest you. All I ask is that you work in the corneal endothelium field :)
2. I will pay you a decent wage including relocation fees if needed (2/n)
3. I WILL NOT micromanage. I expect results, but your work can be done at your own pace.
4. If you have a family, you will get as much support as you need from me. I know what it is like to be a parent and do science at the same time, I will be empathetic.
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After a dozen years in red, it's time for a new color scheme!
#PostdocLife 🔜 #NewPI

In January 2023, the Carter Lab will be opening up at @unccharlotte. We'll study host-bacterial-fungal interactions within @UNCCBiology and CIPHER💚 Three photos of the same wh...
I can't tell you how lucky I feel to land a dream job in my home state. @MathMauney & I are so excited to return to his hometown and actually move closer to family and friends this time!!
I've been so grateful for him being my cheerleader but we're both ready for more stability.
I appreciated my family's support and constant questions into this insane process, including: facilitation of my first "onsite" interview and that they somehow managed to get a care basket into a hotel in a different state at my first true onsite.
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🧵 Scientific Grant Writing: biggest mistakes & how to avoid them-YouTube thread

Scientific grant writing can be quite a challenge.
I review 10s of grants a year and want to teach you the biggest mistakes and how to avoid them for FREE

@OpenAcademics @PhDForum @YTacademics Image
1/ First, start with this video explaining the mindset to have when grant writing, plus learn who reviews your proposal and what the review process looks like. 👇🏼
2/ Scientific grant writing mistakes in relating to the reviewer: A grant review isn't the same as for a paper- How to stand out and get them on board.
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#SciTwitter After a lot of research and asking around, I'm making the lab equipment recommendations 🧵 I wish I'd had 2 months ago. RT/share with a #newPI or startup 🔬⚗️🛒
Note, much of the equipment hasn't arrived yet, will add comments after actual use.
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Two clear winners: PHC (@panasonic) and Stirling Ultracold. Both low energy, quiet, reliable. We went with PHC because I know those to last many years, and slightly cheaper.
Thanks @MarcoJost_ @letUbeU @aryelipman #MBCBiolabs
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Less clear, many viable options. We ended up getting a split of PHC MDF -30 (recommended as quieter) and much cheaper Corepoint Scientific/@VWR, will see which we prefer. Thermo hasn't failed #MBCbiolabs, but $$$ and several people said poor customer support.
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🏆🧵Goldmine thread everything you need to write your scientific paper.🏆

1. Structure
2. Results
3. Discussion
4. Conclusion
5. Introduction
6. Abstract
7. Title

Including: FREE temples, videos + graphics!
@OpenAcademics @ScicommBot @B0tSci @PhDVoice
#scicomm #acwri #newpi

The Basic structure of your paper
Why the "scope" matters
Biggest mistakes
How to start writing and WHY


Three key parts for your results
Formula for a great result paragraph

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#location location location: thrilled to share our work @CellCellPress! #interferons dictate #COVID19 severity! Specific #IFNs are produced along the #airways in response to #SARSCoV2 and drive protective or detrimental #transcriptional programs! 1/7…
IFNs are driven by high #viral #loads, suggesting that viral recognition is only achieved when #SARSCoV2 reaches a certain threshold! Efficient induction of protective IFNs is preferentially achieved by younger patients, further explaining susceptibility of elders to #COVID19 2/7
#IFNL1 & #IFNL3 characterize mild illness & drive potent anti-#SARSCoV2 #ISGs in the upper #airways. Severe patients show #typeI IFN & #IFNL2 along the respiratory tract but lack ISGs, dampen cell proliferation programs associated to #repair and boost #apoptotic #p53 pathways 3/7
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Hello friends! Before leaving this account, I'd like to share valuable insights & experiences I gained as PhD #student, #postdoc, and #newPI. These are on various aspects of science.

My insights are obviously not universal. Please take them with a 'big grain of salt'.
Open 🧵
#1. NEVER EVER write an email when overwhelmed by emotion. This is especially relevant when the emotion is anger, regardless of whether it is justified or not. When receiving bad / unpleasant news, it's best to let it rest AT LEAST 1-2 days before responding.
#2. In myself and in my scientific team members, I welcome every feeling/state (expressed with respect) EXCEPT BOREDOM.

A person that is bored has lost curiousity, and awareness of how little she/he knows of this AMAZING universe. There is always something great to learn!
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Today is my last Friday before I become #faculty 🤯 and I wanted to take a second to reflect a little on my #postdoc experience. Spoiler alert: yes I grew a lot and met amazing people but no, postdocing wasn’t fun and I wouldn’t want to do that again. #PostdocLife 1/n
First the good - I learned and grew a lot during my postdoc and thanks to that, my career has shifted in exciting new directions. It also taught me not to be scared to try something new! Remember: PhD grads are really good at learning new stuff. #PostdocLife 2/n
What I learned cost me a lot though… being a #postdoc is by definition full of uncertainty and pressure: you don’t know where you’ll be living in 1-2yrs, funding insecurity for some, pressure to do great so you can land your next job, etc… #PostdocLife 3/n
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Delighted to share a new study from our lab on the role of gut commensal fungi mycobiota in shaping the human protective IgG antibody repertoire @CellCellPress…
During immunosuppression ( organ #Transplant #chemotherapy ) or in diseases such as #IBD #crohnsdisease, gut #mycobiota can turn into a “reservoir” of pathogens, BUT most people live peacefully with their fungi. Do they benefit from them? Do fungi benefit form us? Neutral rl.?
Fungi are considered a minor component of the gut #microbiome ( less than 0.1% of genetic material in feces), but we found that fungal biomass in the healthy human gut makes considerably more: up to 2%.
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I'm excited to make it #TwitterOfficial that I will be joining the Dept of Immunology at the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor and GSK Research Chair in Immunology of Infectious Diseases as of Nov 1, 2020!! @UM_Immu @UM_RadyFHS @umanitoba #newPI 1/5
I am so grateful to have this opportunity especially in these tough times. Thanks to all my mentors & colleagues over the yrs (most are not on Twitter). 2 undergrad summers with @NRC_CNRC & an amazing 5yrs at @UW Immunology with mentor Dr. Keith Elkon before back to 🇨🇦 2/5
Thank you to Dr. Michael Houghton & Dr. Lorne Tyrrell @LKSIoV for your mentorship & allowing me to build my own research program that I am excited to bring to @umanitoba where many new collaborations are possible. Thanks to everyone @UAlberta_MMI who helped along the way! 3/5
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Have you ever had your academic job talk become the inspiration for a tweet-thread on how not to give job talks? IIII haaaave. I also butchered basic stats terminology, wrote off the board onto a wall during a teaching talk, and badly miscalibrated my talk at two unis. (1/n)
But this thread isn't about my mistakes. It's about how our current academic job selection process favors white men and may reduce scientific productivity. It's about how postdoc positions exploit ECRs, especially scientists of color and non-male scientists. (2/n)
But to get there, I want to tell you a little about my experience, if you have the time to listen. I applied to over 80 academic jobs over several years. I think there is a common misconception that the hardest part of this is hearing no over and over. (3/n)
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We discovered what was wrong with the grounding in the lab! Strap in #newPI friends, for a cautionary tale. 1/6
Having a clean electrical ground is really important for everyone who does sensitive measurements. Electronics can interfere with each other through the ground, causing spurious signals. So we like to have grounds that are completely isolated from the rest of the building. 2/6
I knew this when it came time to build my lab, so I insisted on 3 independent ground panels, each connected to its own copper spike driven into the earth outside. (Why 3? I eventually want 3 fridges in the lab, each with their own ground; need more $$ first!). 3/6
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I have enjoyed getting to know ASIH better, especially now that, as a #NewPI I am trying to involve interested students in ichs & #herpetology

I fully support changing the name. (1/3)
I’d be *proud* as a #HERper to talk about future & past pubs as being in the “Ichs & Herps journal (formerly Copeia).” That opens doors to convo (eg Public: “why did the name change?” Us: “we wanted to strengthen our society by showing it’s a place for all scientists.”). (2/3)
It also feels more just and less shameful than saying “in the journal Copeia, which is only interested in one facet of the scientist for whom it is named...ignore that other stuff.”
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Is this a problem, or #NewPI #LifeHack ?

The only way I actually get manuscripts submitted and #writing done is to hole up in a coffee shop... an adjacent town...😅

✅ final draft of short paper sent to student co-authors
📝 final draft of another paper with student cos

Must pause from 📝 this one to do human things. Like eat. to sequester myself after that? 🐈 always make it hard 😆, but I’m *this* close
Husband had homework to do! So I managed to ✅ that second manuscript & send it out to co-authors! Woot!

Chalking up this one as a win! And off to bed 💤😴
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Holy cow!

Are other folks teaching #wildlife #populations and/or #modeling based classes aware of #InsightMaker (

It's a free, web-based platform you can use to create & run simulations. PLUS it lets you *visualize* your models Image
You can also plot & then compare simulations in #InsightMaker

The #wildlife #populations course I teach in Spring is currently my most "#math heavy" class.

I'm thinking of testing this out in lab to help students who struggle with interpreting pop growth equations. Image
Thanks to @kevint_kevin for having great instructions for #population #modeling labs/activities online using #InsightMaker ! This #NewPI really appreciates it
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Our lab’s inaugural manuscript is out (PMID: 31424293)!!! First #tweetorial (1/n) #chemtwitter #radonc #academicchatter #newPI #sciencetwitter #livercancer
We have been exploring molecules that can specifically bind to liver cancer to improve upon existing modalities for diagnosis and surveillance. 2/n
So, why liver cancer? About 800,000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer worldwide, with as many people dying from the disease annually. In the U.S., incidence and mortality appear to be increasing. 3/n
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I just got to move a paper on my projects Trello board from under review to in press (yay, @clairmkhong!) and I thought others (especially new profs) might like to see how I use Trello to keep myself organized. 1/N

#newprof #newPI
Note, the system isn't perfect, it's just what works well for me. You can and should modify it for your needs. 2/
I have two main Trello boards. One to keep track of where projects are in the pipeline from idea to published and one for my to-do list. 3/
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Although hard for me to believe, this autumn marks 10 years since I began leading my own research group and 20 years in the lab. As someone I care deeply about is soon to embark on her own PI journey I thought that I would share a few thoughts on my experience 🤓(1/12) #newPI
1. There will be times when you will go and cry in the toilets. You will seriously consider giving up, often (even now). That’s ok. It is hard in ways that you don’t expect but hang in there and remember why you love science - beyond all the frustration, 💩and politics (2/12)
2. Enjoy the time you get with your PhD students. They are your legacy. Seeing their evolution and growth is still the favourite part of my job. Tell them that you are proud of them and their achievements (big and small) in public and in private - it is so important (3/12)
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This week is my lab’s anniversary. I started 10 years ago as a #newPI. Someone asked me recently advice based on my experience. Here are some modest thoughts #NotSoNewPI 1/15
We have had a lot of success, most of it from W&L: Work and Luck. Luck because I have had the chance to have outstanding people join the lab, including my 10 year associate #NotSoNewPI 2/15
Funding and infrastructure are important but the energy, curiosity and creativity of your trainees is what gets you moving forward. Cherish them. #NotSoNewPI 3/15
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In an attempt to claw back some work-life balance this year (and fight some longstanding feelings of burnout at work), I've been taking a data-driven approach tracking how I spent my time as a #NewPI (THREAD - 1/n)
Every day since Jan 1, 2019 I have been keeping track of my "science work" on a daily basis - calculating the number of hours I spent on Research (anything leading to grants or publications), Teaching (course prep & lecturing) and Service (all the admin duties & other stuff) 2/n
I've also been keeping track of a category I call "Deep Work" - uninterrupted brain time that is typically part of Research time blocks (e.g. where I turn off social media, emails, and get into a "flow state" of thinking). After Cal Newport's book:… 3/n
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OK #medtwitter #scitwitter #doubledocs #radonc and #newpi tweeps: I have been charged with discussing "Recruitment and Retention of Physician Scientists" in #radonc at a panel for @ASTRO_org #ASTRO20. What are we doing right? What could we improve?
DMs or public tweets welcomed! Would love to get a diverse cache of perspectives! Please spread the word! Apologies in advance if I missed some folks. I'm still getting the hang of this twitter thing.
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My #NewPI life summarized in pictures, inspired by @drphiliplee1

Me going though all the required documents of a grant application. 1/16
Me clicking the submit button for a grant application. 2/16
Me after grant rejected. 3/16
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Happy stories from wrapping up this semester as a #NewPI :

Students in #wildlife pops this semester wrote short papers (4.5 - 5 pgs) about how #research has benefited the #conservation & or management of species of wildlife. (Thanks for the suggestion @BBQ_Ecologist !)
Students wrote their own papers & peer-reviewed another student's paper. I then graded the final papers.

Everyone was evaluated as an author and as an editor.

We took class time to discuss how to both give & receive/handle constructive criticism. (…)
When they turned in their final #wildlife papers, students also submitted a short reflection on their experience with the peer-review process. Here's one of the better reflections: Image
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#SalamanderSaturday #fieldwork hunting tiger sals & their eggs today.
...all efforts this weekend powered by an unhealthy amount of coffee ☕️☕️☕️

Wrapping up courses, getting finals ready, and prepping for summer research (mine & students') at the end of your first year as a #NewPI means I feel like this:
Had a GRRREAT tiger #salamander #fieldwork day! We found >30 egg masses across 2 ponds.

Must have been my lucky 🍀 new #Minnesota hat 😉 (bought it at a gas station this morning 😂) Image
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