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The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.


For Your Procrastination: PhD Comics

January 20, 2014 | City of Hope

A belated “Welcome Back” to everyone! After spending a week (or more) on winter vacation, I imagine you all are recovering from a bad case of the “back-to-work blues”. Have no fear! We here at the Helix anticipated this epidemic and have compiled an assortment of Holiday-themed PhD Comics to boost morale (and probably kill productivity).

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Home for the holidays — What is it like for you?

January 16, 2013 | Nick Snead

I’m sure each of us has a different sentiment about this question and relies on a variety of different things to answer it. (E.g., is one’s Ph.D. still stimulating and progressing and does it seem to be leading in the direction we want to go in? Is one very close with one’s family? Are any deadlines looming?) For me, I enjoy my lab very much, and I am entrenched in science for a majority of my waking hours.

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Confessions of a Workaholic, Part 3: The forced vacation

January 3, 2013 | Amanda Gunn

During my time as a graduate student at City of Hope , I absorbed some degree of medical knowledge purely due to passive diffusion from my surroundings. I know all the inflammation markers and basic blood work tests, and if  somebody rattles off their cancer treatment protocol, I have an idea of the severity of the cancer.

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City of Hope Leading Edge Lectures

A Leading-Edge Lecture Journey with Dr. James Ford

April 25, 2012 | Caroline C. Richard Clark

I invited James Ford, M.D., from Stanford University School of Medicine, to present a Leading-Edge Lecture (LEL) for two main reasons:  First, Dr. Ford's research fits with my career interests and the work performed at our institution comprising translational and clinical research; second, we both share an interest in the potential use of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors (PARPi) as therapy.

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Nick Snead

How I came to City of Hope: the transition from engineering to biology

March 6, 2012 | Nick Snead

I often joke that, when I was studying biomedical engineering, we were only encouraged to learn the bare minimum of the biology that we needed to know in order to do our project. It was, however, partly true.

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Lucy Liu

The reason for being a Toastmaster

February 27, 2012 | Lucy Lui

Toastmasters Club: Building Confidence for Public Speech and Leadership I have been a member of Words of Hope Toastmasters Club since April 2010. I am getting comfortable with public speech thanks to the training offered by the club.

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Samuel LaBarge

Why a Ph.D.?

February 20, 2012 | Samuel LaBarge

The National Science Foundation has an interesting article relating to doctoral degree completion times. In 2003, of participants responding, the registered time to degree (RTD) in the biological sciences exceeded six years.

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The only fellowship you don’t get is the one you don’t apply for...graduate student transition

January 20, 2012 | Damon Meyer

The transition from a graduate student to a post-doctoral fellow has been a very positive experience for me. During the final year of my graduate studies, I began looking for a postdoctoral position where I could learn protein biochemistry and work to establish a future for myself as an academic scientist. The difficulty for me lay in finding a lab with appropriate funding to support my studies while I applied for postdoctoral fellowships.

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