The Helix Blog
The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.
Leading Good Discussions
September 8, 2014 | Nick Snead
I think everyone has experienced—at least once—a very awkward conference in which the session chair didn't have control of the discussion, was shockingly unprepared, or was unprofessional. So what does it take to lead a good discussion?
Cancer Therapy Gets Small for Humans — and Animals
August 8, 2013 | mlewis
The Helix is honored to present a guest post from Michael R. Lewis, Ph.D., an alumnus of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope. Lewis was the first City of Hope student to earn his doctorate, graduating in 1997.
Confessions of a Workaholic, Part 4: Respect.
February 6, 2013 | Amanda Gunn
There is this moment I will never forget. The night before my little brother started high school I could tell how nervous he was. Even though he was already much bigger than I was, I remember him looking so small and scared.
Doing the Unexpected!
January 28, 2013 | Kate Sleeth
I want to share with you the activity we ended the summer with — a flash mob! Over the summer, while planning the “back to school” event, the librarians in City of Hope’s Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library asked if we would be able to do something fun and unexpected to bring exposure to the library, and potentially make it a cooler place.
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.
Confessions of a Workaholic, Part 2: Don’t Rush
August 27, 2012 | Amanda Gunn
The most comforting thing in the world to me is the absolutely disgusting stench of my dog’s breath. It’s true. For the past decade it hasn’t mattered where I have been or what I have been doing, I have come home every night to a tiny creature who thinks I’m the greatest thing since sliced dog treats and wants nothing more than to lick my face.
Confessions of a Workaholic: Part I
July 16, 2012 | Amanda Gunn
Hello, my name is Amanda, and I am a workaholic. I have recently had cause to take a moment to look at my life, and I realized that the past five years are a complete blur. In May of 2007, I came to City of Hope’s Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences as a new graduate student, and in December of 2011, I defended my thesis.
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.