Congratulations to Manman and Di!

Manman, a former PhD student from the Trost lab, has recently given birth to a beautiful baby girl, Alice Wu.

Congratulations to the proud mum and dad and hopefully lots of sleep.

Awards for Rachel!

PhD student Rachel Heap who got recently the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme fellowship to attend the recent EMBL proteomics meeting.

Now she got the Tony B. Academic Travel Award of the SLAS Europe meeting in Barcelona.

Congratulations, Rachel. Well done!

Welcome Joe and José!

A warm welcome to our new PhD student Joe and new post-doc José.

Both will be working together to understand more about the role of a specific E3 ligase on the phagosome and in innate immunity.

Welcome Abeer and Nine!

A warm welcome to our new lab members Abeer and Nine!

Abeer will be the new lab manager. She has extensive experience in the lab and will certainly help with running the lab smoothly.

Nine comes from the Netherlands to do her 5 months final year project with us. She will work on optimising settings for proteomics experiments.

A few thoughts on PhD applications (quite similar for post-docs really…).

A few tips:

Please contact your potential supervisor before the application, ideally weeks before the deadline and not the Friday before the Monday deadline.

Send your CV. Are you expecting to get a First or 2.1? I don’t care but the panels do!

Typos and bad grammar in emails or CV are usually not a good sign. Check them!

Why are you applying? Is it the group, the project, the city or what?

What is your long-term goal?

Look at the group’s papers. They tell you a lot about the type of research being done.

Don’t just look for groups where you think you can cure cancer (because you won’t). Look at the techniques you can learn there.

Is the supervisor someone you could work with? Speak to the current PhD students.

Is there post-doc support?

What happened to previous PhD students? Ask the supervisor! Where did they end up will tell you about the support and mentorship they have received.

And finally: if you are applying, check your emails regularly, respond on time and check your spam filter.