Balancing (or Not Balancing) Motherhood, Health, and a Career.

  Last weekend my incredibly supportive husband and I took a short flight and a train ride to travel to Washington, DC to participate in the March for Science. Just a week and a half before leaving for our trip I had an appointment with a new rheumatologist. I had not seen a rheumatologist since…

You’re Still a Student?!

We recently toured a preschool for my daughter (sad state of affairs, she is not even 2 yet and is wait listed… but that’s another story), and while talking to the director I got hit with some pretty typical questions that I never seem to answer right. Director: “Is your daughter currently in daycare full…

Try a Podcast!

Long before Serial, I was listening to podcasts every day. I listen in the car during my lengthy commute, while I am doing house work, walking the dog, or even in the lab when I am stuck mindlessly labeling tubes or washing glassware. I learn so much from the podcasts I listen to, and they…

Henrietta Lacks

In honor of International Women’s Day, I want to highlight a woman who has and continues to be a vital resource for scientific discovery. And she did so without ever knowing it. Henrietta Lacks was a young African American wife and mother living in Baltimore, MD in the 1950’s when she discovered a mass on…

The Moon… What’s Up with That?

As much as I love cheese… it turns out the moon is not made of it, nor has there ever been any evidence of cows jumping over it… and as someone who works often with dairy cows I can tell you, they are not so good at jumping over much of anything. The moon is…

Thank you, Mom.

It is 11pm on a Monday night. I have just crawled into bed after a busy day in the lab followed by a few hours of running about taking care of my house and family, and then 3 hours of writing a paper that’s due in 59 minutes. In undergrad I enjoyed procrastinating my work…

Relocating Three for One Ph.D.

It was a warm day in July, my husband, our infant daughter, and I had just spent the afternoon at a used car dealership purchasing our new family friendly Hyundai Santa Fe SUV. Earlier that day I received a phone call from my PhD adviser, he was on his way home from visiting a Collaborator…

Breastfeeding in Grad School, I Couldn’t Make it Work…

Being a scientist, I understood the saying, “Breast is Best”, and I vowed I would breastfeed (BF) until my daughter was at least a year old. It was simple right? BF when you are with baby, and pump when you are apart. I also often responded to questions about BF with, “why wouldn’t I?, its FREE!”…

Why Grad School was the Perfect Time to Have a Baby… for Me.

When I started my PhD program in September of 2012 I was newly married and newly diagnosed. Although I had struggled with mysterious health issues all my life, I was 22 before I was diagnosed with Lupus. The news was not shocking, but it did cause me to rethink the plan I had laid out for…

Growing a Human: A Protocol

As I waddle down the hall from my desk in the Grad Office to the Ladies Room for the 15th time this day, I am approached by a fellow grad student… a male grad student.
“What are you up to? Heading home early to bake cookies and take more pictures of your baby bump?”