I am an undergrad in biochem looking forward to graduating next year but I am kinda at a crossroads with regards to how to move forward in biology. I know I am deeply passionate about the science of ageing and would like to maximise my ability to contribute to our understanding of senescence. As applications for grad school are due at the end of this year it has gotten me thinking about what kind of program I should commit to in order to best further my research goals.

My question is essentially what speciality of biology should I pursue in graduate school in order to gain the most experience in studying ageing? I suppose cell biology or regenerative biology would be a sensible option but systems biology also seems to hold much potential in the study of ageing. Furthermore, are there any particular programs or graduate schools which have lots of labs connected to the study of ageing or have produced great results thus far? I have begun looking at well cited papers on PubMed to see where they originate from but any further insights would be more than welcome! I currently have a substantial amount of lab experience in working in both Neuroscience and RNA sequencing and am on track to graduate summa cum laude so I am aiming for the best out there! Thank you for any and all advice.

I am writing a biology research paper. My topic is related to organs transplantation (current issues, ethical problems etc). I have written a draft and showed it to my professor. She was satisfied with the content and research, but she told that I need to work on my writing. According to her, I didn’t follow the structure, but I have no idea how am I supposed to build my research paper. Can somebody give me suggestions or recommend me articles about research paper writing?

I recently completed my PhD in mechanical engineering and have been applying for postdocs in neuroscience for the past 5 months.

My field is dynamical systems theory and statistics, so I look up professors working in neuroscience who use those techniques and send them emails. I have sent 3 dozen emails since February but I barely get any responses.

I got two interview requests in February. One of them rejected me. The other professor stopped replying to my emails after the first interview and he did not pay my interview travelling expenses either.

Sometimes it feels very hopeless. Please, please any recommendations, help or advice is very appreciated; especially from people who have changed their research area post-PhD.

I am a PhD student in molecular biology & bioinformatics in Australia. I have previously presented one of my projects as a poster at a conference. This was sent for review to all co-authors, changes made and presented.

A couple of months down the line, I was asked to present a poster at a local conference. I re-submitted the poster abstract, which was accepted. I did this without consulting my primary supervisor as I thought any dispersal of the work would be welcome. Since then, she has started to dislike the results of that project. When the conference was around the corner, and I told her I was presenting, she accused me of bad scientific conduct for presenting something in her name. I apologized, explained why I had not consulted her and retracted the poster.

She’s not dropping the matter though and seems to be using it as a target for some larger disagreements she has with me. What are the rules for re-presenting work or posters? Are there any guidelines and how serious was this accidental transgression?

I’m in a difficult situation, although I understand that I’m very lucky to be in this position.

I’m a final year UK chemical engineering student expecting a mid-high first class B.Eng degree from a fairly decent Russel Group university.

I’m looking for graduate studies and I have managed to secure 2 places:

The first is a fully funded 4 year PhD as part of a CDT in synthetic biology. My first year would be spent at Oxford and my final 3 years would be spent at Bristol University, which I will graduate from after that.

My second offer is for an MPhil in a similar subject at Cambridge University which they have offered to fully fund also.

I’m very unsure as to what to take. I cannot defer my PhD offer. On the one hand, Cambridge is a very good university but my fear is that if I do the masters there, I may have thrown away my only chance at a PhD, and that I won’t be able to get one after that – And ideally I’d like to do a PhD at a top tier institution such as Oxford or Cambridge. On the other hand, the PhD at Bristol as a CDT, so I won’t be choosing my supervisor until my second year after I finish my first year at Oxford, and I’m locking myself into a particular discipline, and to a specific list of potential supervisors for 4 years directly after my bachelors.

Again I’m well aware that I’m extremely lucky to be in this position, but any advice on what path might be the best one would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: The specific PhD that I applied is entirely taught for its first year, which is why I am not worried about the jump from the bachelors straight to PhD.

I’m going to get a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence, likely a PhD in Molecular Biology afterwards. I’m thinking I can do computer vision as a hobby while putting most of my energy toward understanding the big picture of cellular processes, because computer vision is something I can performance check. That’s why I’m leaning towards Molecular Biology over AI even though I’ll have years of research experience in AI.

The problem is that I want to know too much. I want to study Cell Signaling/regulation, Genomics, Molecular Biology/Biochemistry/Structural Biology, and disease during my PhD to do some interdisciplinary research in all of it. I want to develop computational data mining models that can take entire cellular systems into account.

Is it unheard of to fully specialize in two subfields during a PhD and associate my research topic to cancer later on in my PhD over 5-7 years? Or must I, for example, study a single new enzyme in an important pathway across various environments only in biochemistry?

Can you have a more general PhD that is still a successful contribution to the field? Say an analysis that studies an entire biochemical pathway from genetics through molecular biology to cancer if I have two committee members (one in each subfield)?

I’m going to apply to a undergraduate program in the University of Debrecen in Hungary but I’m having trouble choosing between the BSc in Biochemical Engineering and the BSc in Biology.

I have interest in research, specifically research in anti-aging and senescence related problems, so afterward I’d like to graduate in MSc in Molecular Biology or other closely related program.

In the page of the programs linked above, there’s the bulletin of the programs, if someone would like to peruse what are the courses (subject programs) that compose each program.

At the moment I’m leaning more to the BiochemE, because I could fall back to work in the industry if couldn’t find work as researcher and whatever deficiency I had in biology courses I could make up with a Master in Molecular Biology, but I’m still not very sure if that’s the best path for me to take.

Well, it’s not related to my problem above but, for full disclosure, I already have a degree of BSc in Accounting, that I did in my home country because of extraneous reasons (not because I wanted to).