The Helix Blog

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


For Your Procrastination: Surprising Facts about Caffeine

May 8, 2015 | Vishnu Samarasimhasubhashchandra

Coffee coffee coffee, no single person’s day is done without having a cup of coffee.  Coffee is the best friend for many of us.  Recent reports show that scientists (ourselves) are the biggest coffee drinkers of all.

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Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope National Medical Center Quarterly Newsletter: January through March 2015

April 27, 2015 | City of Hope

Announcements Congratulations to Jodi Murakami and her fiancée, who welcomed home their baby boy in December.   Congratulations to Nathaniel Magilnick and his wife, who welcomed home their baby boy in March.

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The Socioeconomic Disparity of Graduate Education in the Life Sciences

June 9, 2014 | Cassandra Ramos

The Ph.D. is the highest degree awarded in the field of life sciences, and this achievement should be attainable by anyone with the aptitude, intellectual curiosity, and drive to pursue knowledge at the highest level.

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For Your Procrastination: Grad Student Logic Puzzle

April 7, 2014 | Cassandra Ramos

The following is a logic puzzle. Five grad students from five different departments each skip out of lab on a different weekday to enjoy a different recreational activity (slackers!). Which day did they skip? What did they do? Use these clues to help determine the identity of the students and what they did on their days off.

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For Your Procrastination: The "science" behind the Superhero

March 6, 2014 | City of Hope

The Scientific Creative Quarterly is a website that specializes in all sorts of creative scientific writing…but I’m partial to their witty humor pieces. This article ( pdf ) in particular, is a tongue-in-cheek “research paper” that analyzes the mechanism by which Wolverine (from the X-men) can regenerate.

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For Your Procrastination: "What Should We Call Grad School"

February 17, 2014 | Cassandra Ramos

I love procrastinating, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite websites for grad school humor, “ What Should We Call Grad School ”. I think a bunch of the entries on this site are great, but I’ve compiled a few that are specific to first-year grad students.

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January Graduate Student Research Forum

February 12, 2014 | Lindsey Skrdlant

My research focuses on a disease known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). MDS is a pre-leukemic bone marrow disorder that is characterized by ineffective production of red blood cells, neutrophils, and/or platelets.

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For Your Procrastination: “The Awesomest 7-year Postdoc”

February 4, 2014 | City of Hope

This guest blog from the Scientific American deals with an issue that we all struggle with -- work-life balance. It’s written by a professor at Harvard who had an interesting approach to getting tenure:  she viewed her 7-year probationary period as an assistant professor as a “7-year post doc”.

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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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