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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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About to meet with my research group @fairfield_lab. We're a pretty small research group but I am excited about what we're doing across physics, bioengineering, and education. Here we are @SoapboxSciGal over the summer:
Alice who is on the right is a postgrad who's working on nanomaterials for neuromorphic devices, which means electronics that mimic how the brain works. You can read more about what that means in an article I wrote here:…
Adriana who's second from the right is another postgrad, working on game-based learning for physics education. You can read more about what she's doing here:…
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Exactly 1 yr ago, I started my own lab (HOLY S**T). I'm trying to organise my thoughts on key lessons I've learnt along the way, which I'll share here over the next few days. But my top tip for #NewPIs is to have a solid support network OUTSIDE work. Here are mine. 💕
Tip 2: build a support network INSIDE work. Other #NewPIs who will have emergency coffees with you. Senior colleagues who provide what I call "crying chairs" 😂. Trusted collaborators & friends on speed dial (preferably those whose GIF game is strong, for comic relief!).
Tip 3: be someone else's support network. Take the time to go to emergency coffees with your #NewPI colleagues. Provide a safe space for more junior staff/students to vent/cry/rant/etc. Be that person on your collaborators' speed dial (and try to improve your GIF game!).
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