The 7 Books Every PhD Student Should Read

By Alex Wakeman Let’s be honest. If you’re nerdy enough to be doing a PhD, you probably love a good book. Whether you’re looking for entertainment or advice, distraction or comfort, the seven listed here can each, in their own way, help you through your frustrating but uniquely rewarding life of a PhD student.    Isaac Asimov –Continue reading “The 7 Books Every PhD Student Should Read”

10 more tips for starting a PhD during a global pandemic

By Alex Wakeman In September, my fellow PhD student Catriona wrote our first blog post, listing 10 tips for starting a PhD during a pandemic. I read her advice before I started in the Bennett lab and recommend it to anyone who hasn’t done so already. Listed here are 10 of my own tips, drawnContinue reading “10 more tips for starting a PhD during a global pandemic”

10 tips for starting a PhD during a global pandemic

By Catriona Walker 2020 hasn’t gone to plan – and it’s clearly going to be a while before we get back to anything approaching normal. Starting a PhD at any time can be a daunting experience; starting during a global pandemic is going to be even more daunting. You, your supervisor, the rest of yourContinue reading “10 tips for starting a PhD during a global pandemic”

Like buses…5 More Publications…

Amid the continuing frustration at being unable to do any bench-work, there has at least been good news in the lab, with a spate of publications in May, June, July. Our publication record continues to be very lumpy! First of all, Tom wrote a ‘preview article’ for Developmental Cell, looking at a forthcoming publication fromContinue reading “Like buses…5 More Publications…”

4 publications…a good summer’s work

Very excitingly, the lab has published 4 papers over the last two months, displaying a good range of the research we are currently involved in. Our work on strigolactone and KAI2-ligand signalling in root development was published in PLoS Genetics: SMAX1/SMXL2 regulate root and root hair development downstream of KAI2-mediated signalling in Arabidopsis Meanwhile, weContinue reading “4 publications…a good summer’s work”

New Starters!

We are very happy to welcome two new students to the lab! Although, to be honest…they do look a little familiar… Catriona Walker is starting her PhD on understanding the molecular basis of carpic dominance (and probably more besides) while Cara Wheeldon is starting an MSc-by-research looking at how crowding and plant-plant interactions in the rhizosphereContinue reading “New Starters!”