• Blog,  Journey

    I took a course at Stanford University from Yaba

    Let me tell you how… You must have heard about online courses and platforms like Coursera, edx, LinkedIn Learning. If you have optimized these platforms, good for you. If you are still procrastinating; I’m judging you. There is so much you can learn on the internet these days and if you’ve been thinking of “self development” for a long time and you’re not sure how to go about it, I might have a suggestion for you. So, in between experiments (like when I have to incubate cells for an hour), I have some time to play on my phone. I use that time to: check through Twitter and Instagram, to…

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    My First Scientific Conference and Presentation

    I will be away from the lab for a week, attending the annual of Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, conference. The conference this year holds at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan and I’m super excited to attend. I’m also really excited because I’ll presenting my work, on a poster. This post will share basic information on poster presentations: what you need to know, as well as some reference materials that I’ve found helpful.

  • STEMM Role Models

    STEMM Role Models _ Tochukwu Ozulumba

    A major reason why I started this blog, is to highlight women doing science that I admire. So welcome to the new category that I have named “STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) Role Models”. On my first episode of science role models, I spoke with Ms Tochukwu Ozulumba (TO), a final year PhD candidate at the University of Brighton. She shares her self-care tips, her thoughts on science communication in Nigeria and some advice for young scientists. She explains the impact of volunteering on her career, relevant skills young scientists should acquire and tips for earning a scholarship. Can you tell us a little about you? Three things…

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    Bacterial Wars

    Hello 😊 Thank you for stopping by today. So I mentioned on Instagram that my research proposal had been accepted and I will be contributing to science in my own little way (If you don’t follow me on Instagram already, you’re missing out). As a graduate research assistant, I never anticipated inciting a study, I am really grateful for this and excited about what I’ll be working on so I will share a brief summary in this post. Let me know what you think of this work and make suggestions in the comment section. I will be putting up good and bad bacteria against each other. Just as there are…

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    Why Biotechnology?

    In my “Get to Know Me” post, Aniekan, Arinze and Daara asked similar questions and I actually get asked this question a lot. If you ever wondered why I studied biotechnology 🧬 and what I hope to do with it? This post answers your questions. 🤗 What is this Biotechnology? The use of living organisms or biological techniques to produce or modify an organism or a process is my simplest way of defining biotechnology. Sometimes I go further to include that it involves the genetic modification of organisms, in-vitro (outside the organism) and perhaps in-vivo (within the living organism). The first idea I got of biotechnology was in my junior…

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    My First Post!

    Happy New Year my lovely readers. It’s my first post on the blog and I’m so elated. I’ve put so much pressure on myself, trying to decide the perfect post and waiting for a major success. Then I remembered: I decided to start this blog to share my journey in the biotechnology industry as a researcher and not only for “jumbo” accomplishments. Anyway, the post is here finally! (Yasss, my first post ever!!!) My name is Edidiong Nkiruka (Kikie) Essien, a recent graduate of Biotechnology, I am very keen on medical research and would love to be a scientist/researcher as well as a science communicator. I enjoy talking about my…