CuriOSEity: The GlycoNet Blog

Welcome to CuriOSEity, the official GlycoNet trainee monthly blog!

The blog highlights work done by GlycoNet trainees, encourages discussion and interaction on glycomics-related topics, and offers advice on career development and advancement. The blog name reflects the natural curiosity of scientists and, of course, includes a play on words using OSE, the suffix used in biochemistry to form the names of sugars. We welcome guest bloggers to contribute — simply email us at: Enjoy!

Mark Lee

Academia? Industry? Government? How about laboratory medicine?!

by Mark Lee Many of us pursue a doctorate with the goal of pursuing a postdoc, then maybe a second postdoc, and then land a faculty position at an academic institution. At least, that’s the traditional route. But somewhere along the path, both personal and professional factors lead us to …

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Trainee at GlycoNet: Ryan Simard

Ryan Simard is a PhD student in chemistry at the University of Montreal.
“I am currently completing my third year as a graduate student in the chemistry program at the University of Montreal. My research project is carried out under the supervision of Prof. Yvan Guindon at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM).”

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Marco - Glyconet Intern

Marco Farren-Dai: ‘This exchange [experience] has allowed me to evolve as a researcher’

by Marco Farren-Dai Does your research project have a collaborator from another university? Do you have a project that is in need of a collaborator or could collaborating with another research group increase the impact of your work? If so, you might want to check out the Research Exchange Program …

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emily rodrigues - Glyconet trainee

Trainee at GlycoNet: Emily Rodrigues

Emily Rodrigues is a PhD student at the University of Alberta. Where do you work, what is your position, and who is your supervisor? I am a PhD student in Chemistry at the University of Alberta working in Dr. Matt Macauley’s group. Which project do you work on? My project involves …

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lab picture flasks and compounds

An Advanced Guide to Navigating Smoothly from Academia to Industry

by Lisa Bertolo If I had been asked ten years ago what I thought my future would hold, I’m not sure that I could have imagined I would be working in industry rather than academia. That isn’t to say that I wasn’t imaginative, but I thought for sure that, like …

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Furry friends forwarding science

by Katarina Mandic, M.Sc. Chemistry candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University In 1998, author Roy Blount Jr. wrote a short piece comparing dogs to cats, clearly demonstrating his preference for canines: “A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat’s eyes don’t even look entirely warm-blooded to me, …

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