Deep thoughts from members of the lab.

Postdoc Musings

By Paul Carini, March 26, 2018

If you are reading this, you might be a newly minted Doctor of Philosophy, or about to be one! Congratulations! Now is the time to refine your craft, make a name for yourself and hone in on what your career will entail.

Hindsight 20/20: What I really learned in graduate school

By Paul Carini, February 02, 2017

I am about to complete my ~13th year as a laboratory research scientist. This encompasses my undergraduate research, Master’s and Doctoral degrees, and two postdoc stints. Along the way, I learned a lot about the inner workings of science and pass on here some of lessons that were important to me and offer advice to those of you in the midst of your journey. If you have things to add, please leave them in the comments section below. 

A census of the dead: the story behind microbial ‘relic DNA’ in soil

By Paul Carini, December 15, 2016

'Relic' describes something left behind after decay or disappearance. Here we describe how the DNA left behind by microbes after they die affects our ability to characterize microbial communities.