2020: a year in review

WHAT. A. YEAR! We friggin’ made it!! Little did we know what was around the corner when we blissfully stepped into the year 2020! This year has been difficult for everyone and it really just goes to show how resilient we are as humans. It has been tough. There have been tears, anxiousness, depression, youContinue reading “2020: a year in review”

Beth talks blood: Part 5

We all know that I’m a platelet girl at heart but we mustn’t forget the blood coagulation cascade, it is a vital part of haemostasis. Platelets and coagulation factors work together to prevent bleeding in incidences such as vascular injury. So one can’t be without the other and like most systems in the body, itContinue reading “Beth talks blood: Part 5”

Beth talks blood: Part 4

Platelets (or thrombocytes) are tiny blood cells that help our body to form clots to stop bleeding! Platelets are pretty important for normal haemostasis (arrest of bleeding), without platelets we’d bleed out from the smallest of injuries [1, 2].   Max Schultze in 1865 first described platelets as “spherules” which he noted were much smallerContinue reading “Beth talks blood: Part 4”

Beth Talks Blood: Part 3

The blood circulatory system (cardiovascular system) delivers oxygen and nutrients to all the cells in the body. It is comprised of the heart and blood vessels that run through the entire body. Blood is circulated around the body through blood vessels by the pumping action of the heart [1]. In animals with lungs, arterial bloodContinue reading “Beth Talks Blood: Part 3”

Day 2 of Lockdown 2.0

Here in England we went into a 4 week Lockdown yesterday (5th Nov 2020) and I’m feeling pretty anxious about it. This was inevitable really and I’m not going to go on about what we should have done and when, I’ll be here all day otherwise and I think I’m tired of the frustration aboutContinue reading “Day 2 of Lockdown 2.0”

August Favourites

Goodbye August, hello September! Where has the time gone?! I don’t know whether it’s because I’m still in an academic environment but I always like to reflect and check in when it comes to September. Since we’re now coming to the end of summer here in the UK, I thought I’d do a round upContinue reading “August Favourites”

Getting ready for uni?

Whether it’s your first time at uni, you’re heading back for another year or you’re started a post-graduate degree this September, here are some tips and advice after being in uni for approx. 7 years (wow that’s scary) that will help you get prepared. I know things are a little different this year (thanks COVID)Continue reading “Getting ready for uni?”

Returning to the labs

It’s been a few weeks since starting our phased return to the labs here at Leeds. I’m very fortunate to be part of the early phase of returning. I’ve been very eager to get back in the lab, I definitely missed the lab during lockdown but I was also pretty nervous about heading back. It’sContinue reading “Returning to the labs”

My PhD application journey…

I’m halfway through my 2nd year of my PhD which sounds mad, I never thought I’d ever end up doing a PhD. I recently gave a STEM Ambassador career talk to a group of A-level biology students and I thought I’d share my PhD application journey with you all. I have to say my PhDContinue reading “My PhD application journey…”

My PhD project…

As you’ll find with a lot of research, certain projects can be confidential, particularly if it is novel or has a novel technique/model involved.  That’s the case with my project, I’m unable to discuss data and findings until it’s published so I’m going to give a general background of my PhD project.  In my ‘AboutContinue reading “My PhD project…”