And that's a wrap. After 8 months of sweat and tears, torn ligaments, a moonboit and crutches, sleepless nights, feeling stressed to my eyeballs and ending it off with a chest infection and cold... I AM DONE!!!
Despite all the hurdles I could not be more proud of what I handed in today. I have grown so much this year, both academically and personally. I've learnt to ask for help, I've learnt to take criticism without taking it personally, and I've learnt to be content. It cannot be perfect but it is the best I can do.
This journey has taken me months and it is one I will never forget. Congrats to all the honours students who handed in today. Here's to a 5 month summer and then heading straight into masters 🙌🏻🎉🥂
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And just like that my honours presentation is over after 1 year of research & essay writing 📚✏️ Thankyou so much to these two beautiful souls for coming and supporting me (Toni & mum too of course!) because I don’t know what I’d do without them 💕@loanthonyy you have been my bestie since 1st year and 5 years later, you’re still dealing with me 💁🏽♀️ Your endless support has been greatly appreciated and you know how much you mean to me! 💗 @beccabunny98 girl- I cannot thank you enough for being my rock and fav library study buddy 🤓 These two have always encouraged me to keep on going and been there through all my ups and downs 👏🏼 Love you guys so much ❤️ Here’s to 10 more days until it’s officially all over 🙌🏼 #monashuniversity#teaching#maths#science#honours#friendslikethese
@acca.official honoured two distinguished members from Deloitte at just ended ACCA New Member Ceremony and Students’ Summit in July 2018 respectively.
Kwabena Situ (Associate Director; Deloitte Ghana) was honoured for his immense contribution to the development of the Accountancy profession in Ghana. Charlotte Forson (Audit Partner) was honoured for making Partner at Deloitte Ghana in March 2018. Thank you to ACCA for recognizing our Impact Makers.
Who has two thumbs and just submit his honours thesis? This guy! What a freaking hectic year, now for PhD applications followed by some much needed rest and relaxation. Please see the second picture for a depiction of how I plan on spending the rest of the year. 🤙 #honours#DoneLikeADinner
In Belfast, Northern Ireland 🏴☘️ presenting part of my research on heparan sulfate proteoglycans in the lens at the 50th International Society of Eye Research today! 👁🔬
It has been so amazing to see all the amazing cross-disciplinary eye research of the last year from all over the world come together this week at #ISER2018! 👁🌍
I’ll be in Northern Ireland 🏴 + Ireland 🇮🇪 + Scotland 🏴 + England 🇬🇧 for the next few weeks so if anyone has any suggestions for places to visit or things to do I would really appreciate it! 😁
⚠️ CULTURE CONTAMINATION ⚠️
It’s something that we don’t like to talk about as scientists... but it happens to the best of us! Just last week I had to deal with a cell culture contamination issue 😩
When we culture cells, we have to grow them in a cell culture medium. Of course, we only want our cells in our cell culture, but unfortunately the cell growth medium is delicious to all sorts of different fungi and bacteria ⚠️ Although we take measures to keep our cultures contaminant-free by using careful aseptic technique and anti-fugal/bacterial culture media supplements, it can happen to even the most careful scientists 😭
Unfortunately I’ve found that no matter how often or thoroughly I clean my equipment and incubators, or how careful I am with my aseptic technique, that about once a year I still end up with a cell culture contamination 😒
What I’ve learned over the years is that even though I don’t seem to be able to avoid these rare instances, I can control the effect they have on my experiments by the way I handle them! 👍This is what I do:
1) 🕑 Immediately isolate and discard any dishes that are contaminated
2) 😷 Quarantine any dishes that could have potentially been exposed to their own incubator, and monitor them over the next couple of days
3) 🛁 CLEAN EVERYTHING!!! Every surface, incubator, reagent and plastic that could have been exposed is doused in F10 medical grade disinfectant and ethanol and wiped down. Twice!
4) 🔍 Check back on my most recent results and images for abnormalities to make sure the contamination didn’t slip past me in any recent experiments
If handled quickly and thoroughly, the devastation that can be the result of a cell culture contamination can be minimised! 🙏😅
What do you and your lab do to prevent and deal with cell culture contaminations? If you work with something other than cell culture, do you have contamination issues you have to deal with too? I would love to know! 😁