Research Directions and Negative Results

In other words, my thesis committee meeting to upgrade from MPhil to PhD is coming up soon!

I've had a long string of technically and biologically sound, but negative results recently. So that means I won't present any publication-ready, pioneering data or results yet. We picked a few research directions that looked initially promising, and some worked great and some didn't work at all. Oh well, c'est la vie! (That's the PC version, my labmates usually hear me mutter less polite words under my breath when I see the data).

At this point, I'm not ecstatic, but still comfortable with presenting negative data. In many respects, it can be as informative as positive data as well. Nobody's done this before, and troubleshooting is hard work! I think that getting experiments to work well and consistently doesn't get enough credit, sometimes, in biology.

For now, I think the best thing is to keep my head down and toiling away at this project. One little step at a time! We've got some nice RNA-seq data that I have to annotate. Manually. For over 100 genes.

I'll leave you with a couple of my favourite excerpts / poems above:

The Fig Tree from Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar"

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost