Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Caroline and I am a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. My research project focuses on Striga - a genus of parasitic plants that devastates harvests by infecting food crops. I am exploring the defence reactions that can make host plants more resistant against Striga. Due to my ongoing battles with anorexia, I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked but I am determined to finish the course.

This blog charts the ups and downs of life in the lab, plus my dreams to become a science communicator and forays into public engagement and science policy....all while trying to keep my mental and physical health intact. Along the way, I'll also be sharing new plant science stories, and profiles of some of the researchers who inspire me on this journey. So whether you have a fascination for plants, are curious about what science research involves, or just wonder what exactly I do all day, read on - I hope you find it entertaining!

Saturday 13 July 2013

About me - the basics: Former Cell Biology student at Durham University, currently within a brief hiatus before commencing a 4 year PhD in plant science at the University of Sheffield.
The ethereal: I'm not sure when science ceased to merely be "a subject on the school timetable" and start to pervade more aspects of my life but now I cannot imagine myself separated from the world of research. I have a keen passion to communicate to others the fascinating, unexpected and bizarre aspects of this domain to others, besides the critical importance scientific research carries for our future as a human race - from medical, climate, energy and agricultural perspectives.

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