So I guess I should probably give a brief introduction to me. I am a first year PhD student at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research. I’m a systems biologist having just graduated from King’s College London with a BSc in Molecular Genetics. I count that as the ‘fancy stuff’. In my mind I’m a young female research scientist with a bright future ahead of me. I’m also well aware that a PhD can wear you down so in around a year or two I might not see such a big bright future and more a dwindling hope that one of my experiments may just replicate itself… In the meantime I’ll be blogging here, a bit about what I do (although not too much as every scientist’s work in progress is always a bit hush hush) and a bit about what I read and see in the news. Public and media engagement with the scientific community and researchers is and always will be important. If a researcher can’t explain what they do every day to a random member of the public on the street then either they don’t understand it enough themselves or they do but no one else ever will, and what’s the point in either of those two scenarios? So hopefully everything I put down here will be understandable but if I start getting carried away (which is far too easy, Ive been in enough talks and seminars to know that a time limit is emphasised for a reason) then let me know! I’ll try and answer questions, get involved in debate and fill in any blanks wherever possible. Enjoy.