I completed my PhD at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. My PhD research combined the fields of nutrition and neuroscience. I investigated the role of one-carbon metabolism (e.g. folic acid) on adult brain function, as well as maternal contributions on offspring neurological function after birth using a mouse model.
I am an Assistant Professor. I do a mix of research, teaching, and service. After I completed my PhD I moved to Berlin, Germany to do start a postdoctorate. I also completed a second postdoctorate in Canada.
Yes, having a PhD has helped me develop my career. My PhD gave me the foundation and I have built on it with additional training. To expand my skill set and become an effective professor, I have completed additional training for teaching, managing a lab, and writing effectively. I took a few courses during my postdoctorate training at the Cold Spring Laboratory, their Leadership in Biosciences course (lead by Science Management Associates) course has helped me greatly during my first year on tenure track. For example, I had to hire a new Research Assistant and used the resume and interviewer score sheets.
A PhD is a marathon, not a sprint. Do things outside of school and research. Take regular breaks. These will help you work more effectively.
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