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PhD Week 2: Done

October 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Today was my second lab meeting. As per last week (and the next weeks for the next three years or so), I had to prepare a presentation on the work I achieved in the past week, and state my goals for the following week. The main achievement in the past week was reading through the literature to get a good background on the subject of nitrates and isotopes and an idea of what has been done and the limitations. Therefore the presentation consisted of me explaining some of the basic principles of what I will be following.

Shouldn’t the supervisors know what I will be doing? Well, in my case not exactly. The supervisors at DCU are mainly involved in pharmaceutical analysis and have very limited (if any) research experience in the use of nitrate isotopes. I have another supervisor in Belfast who is more into this area. Therefore I gave them a basic understand of the main principles, so that they could also follow what I will be doing.

I am quite pleased with my presentation today. It was much better than the one I did last week, and I feel that I managed to explain what I wanted to present in a simple and coherent manner. I hope that the next presentations will be similar to this one. At the presentation another supervisor, who is a co-supervisor of the other members of the research group I am in, was present today. I was impressed by his knowledge in the subject and the interest he showed in the project. He seems to be a good all rounder and I look forward to getting more feedback from him.

So what are the goals for the coming week? I hope to finish reading off the data I have about nitrates and isotopes and hopefully next Monday I can start focusing on the pharmaceutical aspect of my research project. Next Wednesday I should also be going to Belfast to meet my other supervisor who is situated there. He is the main person who has research experience in the area of isotope tracers and therefore I have loads of questions for him. I also hope to start my HPLC training.

Wish me luck!

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