Meet the Early Stage Researchers

STARSTEM is a vibrant project with collaborators who are at different stages of their research careers – from PhD students to senior professors. Some of our early stage researchers have set up social media accounts to share their personal story. They share their day to day experiences of life as a scientist and researcher.

Soorya James
TOMI NUIG
@thepunnyscientist
Soorya Janes LinkedIn
Research Gate
Will Hotham
CAM
@willhoth
Will Hotham LinkedIn
Research Gate
Arantxa Albornoz
ICFO
@starsem2020
Marta Nardini
UNIGE
@thefunkyexosome
Marta Nardini LinkedIn
Research Gate
Aaron Croke
NUIG TOMI
@physicist_in_training
 Aaron Croke LinkedIn
Research Gate
Niamh Duffy
NUIG REMEDI
@thestemcellscientist1
Research Gate
Great to be back in the lab and counting stem cell Great to be back in the lab and counting stem cells #stemcells #tissueculture #earlystageresearcher

Great to be back in the lab and counting stem cells #stemcells #tissueculture #earlystageresearcher ...

While we can't meet our usual 6 month plenary meeting face to face we are still pushing forward online!

Day 1 is going well! Sharing all of work together and coming together with solutions for problems
Shout-out to Snorlax mug full of coffee the real MVP!
#starstem2020 #starstem #stem #phdlife #onlinemeeting #microsoftteams #gottacatchemall
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Happy International day of light!πŸ€— Love this bo Happy International day of light!πŸ€—
Love this bookmark which I got from SPIE Photonics West Conference 2020. Miss San Francisco πŸ™ˆ

Happy International day of light!πŸ€—
Love this bookmark which I got from SPIE Photonics West Conference 2020. Miss San Francisco πŸ™ˆ
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Attended an online workshop hosted by NUIG in coll Attended an online workshop hosted by NUIG in collaboration with Hugh Kearns -'Staying well during your PhD : Pandemic Edition.'

Attended an online workshop hosted by NUIG in collaboration with Hugh Kearns -'Staying well during your PhD : Pandemic Edition.' ...

TOMI lab meetings: Lockdown edition.

Had to mute our microphones and disable our webcams so that my labmate could successfully share his screen.πŸ™ˆ
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I've been shuffling between my work from home setu I've been shuffling between my work from home setups and I think I've found my favourite.

I've been shuffling between my work from home setups and I think I've found my favourite. ...

Skype conferences discussing EVs this morning not Skype conferences discussing EVs this morning not a bad start to the day images taken during a web ev talk

Skype conferences discussing EVs this morning not a bad start to the day images taken during a web ev talk ...

Well it’s tough times but great to have another Well it’s tough times but great to have another publication out there! How large animals facilitate the process of stem cells going from laboratory to patient

Well it’s tough times but great to have another publication out there! How large animals facilitate the process of stem cells going from laboratory to patient ...

There is no better feeling then finally getting so There is no better feeling then finally getting something to work! #photoacrousticimaging #calibration #msot #python #dataanalysis

There is no better feeling then finally getting something to work! #photoacrousticimaging #calibration #msot #python #dataanalysis ...

#mtt #exosomes #extracellularvesicles #microvesicles #colors #violet #experiment #work #lastday #happy #colorfull #assay #colorimetricassay ...

When do you plan your experiments? In the beginning of the week or at the end?
I usually plan them out at the end of the week so I'm ready to start the next week feeling motivated and organised. More like, somebody with a vision, on a mission.πŸ˜› However, when PhD life hits you in the face, you will have to replan and strategise differently. Guess that's what I'm doing today, slowing down instead of doing the experiment that I had planned earlierπŸ™ˆπŸ˜…
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Unfortunately, our country is experiencing an unpr Unfortunately, our country is experiencing an unprecedented health emergency.  This requires us to slow down our work and safeguard our health.  So today a lot of primary cells have been frozen.
It means that I will spend my time to analyze all the data stuck on my PC 😁
#work #lab #workathome #stayathome #cells #healthemergency

Unfortunately, our country is experiencing an unprecedented health emergency. This requires us to slow down our work and safeguard our health. So today a lot of primary cells have been frozen.
It means that I will spend my time to analyze all the data stuck on my PC 😁
#work #lab #workathome #stayathome #cells #healthemergency
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Yesterday dog walks today a new laptop - when the Yesterday dog walks today a new laptop - when the science gets big the technology required gets bigger too

Yesterday dog walks today a new laptop - when the science gets big the technology required gets bigger too ...

Got some gold nanoparticles chilling (literally πŸ˜›) in agar phantoms. 
Agar phantoms are used widely for mimicking soft tissues. Standard protocols are available to make these phantoms which mimic the tissues in their optical and acoustic properties.

Got some gold nanoparticles chilling (literally πŸ˜›) in agar phantoms.
Agar phantoms are used widely for mimicking soft tissues. Standard protocols are available to make these phantoms which mimic the tissues in their optical and acoustic properties.
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Finally we have a western blot for CD63 on exos! W Finally we have a western blot for CD63 on exos! When a smear is all your happiness πŸ˜œπŸ‘€
#exosomes #cd63 #extracellularvesicles #westernblot #research #science #scienceporn #happy #happiness

Finally we have a western blot for CD63 on exos! When a smear is all your happiness πŸ˜œπŸ‘€
#exosomes #cd63 #extracellularvesicles #westernblot #research #science #scienceporn #happy #happiness
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Lunchtime walks with some different company today. Lunchtime walks with some different company today... if it can walk to heal can it do lab work?

Lunchtime walks with some different company today... if it can walk to heal can it do lab work? ...

"The great thing about science is it happens wherever you think about it"
Good vibes only on this wet Monday morning please ✌️
#mondaymotivation #phd #littreview #physics #nanoparticles #goodvibesonly
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Late post because I'm trying to keep up my post conference high, working away.πŸ˜…
It was such a great experience being able to present my work among other researchers at the SPIE Photonics West conference 2020. πŸ€—

Does going to a conference motivate you ? How do you deal with your post conference high so that you don't crash and burn? Please tell me!😊
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My lab members and I caught a glimpse of the Golde My lab members and I caught a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day. I guess we mist the fog. @karlthefog

My lab members and I caught a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day. I guess we mist the fog. @karlthefog ...

Got to present our work yesterday at Photonics West! A great feeling to have the opportunity to present to so many great people in our field! #conference #presentation #spie #phdlife ...

Day 2 of Photonics West lots of really interesting Day 2 of Photonics West lots of really interesting talks on the use of Adaptive optics in medical imaging and OCT uses in dentistry demonstrating how truly multidisciplinary the technique is! 
#spie #ao #adaptiveoptics #optics #oct #medicalimaging #conference #phdlife

Day 2 of Photonics West lots of really interesting talks on the use of Adaptive optics in medical imaging and OCT uses in dentistry demonstrating how truly multidisciplinary the technique is!
#spie #ao #adaptiveoptics #optics #oct #medicalimaging #conference #phdlife
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Finished off the first day of #PWWest with the hot Finished off the first day of #PWWest with the hot topics session where we got to listen new and big advancements in the field of biomedical optics and fan over the big names that were giving said talks! #conference #spie #phdlife #sanfrancisco #physics #biomedical #optics

Finished off the first day of #PWWest with the hot topics session where we got to listen new and big advancements in the field of biomedical optics and fan over the big names that were giving said talks! #conference #spie #phdlife #sanfrancisco #physics #biomedical #optics ...

Day 1 of SPIE Photonics West. ...

Off to my first international conference to present our work at Photonics West in San Francisco! Time for a long flight! ✈️
#conference #phdlife #physics #spie
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Attending our plenary meeting for STARSTEM Meeting Attending our plenary meeting for STARSTEM Meeting in TUM Munich discussing all our work and findings to date and what we need to do moving forward. Also known as a catch-up and coffee! (If you look closely enough you can see @willhotham skyping in) 
#starstem #stem #physics #phdlife #meeting #physics #nanoparticles #imaging

Attending our plenary meeting for STARSTEM Meeting in TUM Munich discussing all our work and findings to date and what we need to do moving forward. Also known as a catch-up and coffee! (If you look closely enough you can see @willhotham skyping in)
#starstem #stem #physics #phdlife #meeting #physics #nanoparticles #imaging
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Christmas walks before eating my weight in turkey Christmas walks before eating my weight in turkey

Christmas walks before eating my weight in turkey ...

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