Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! Let me first introduce myself. I am Matt Finley, and I currently am a postdoctoral researcher. I began my scientific career way back in high school when I discovered my love for genetics. I studied Biology and Chemistry at Northampton Community College in ...
After defending my thesis, I was on top of the world. But what was next? Being a perpetual student trying to pass each hurdle was the focus of my previous 22 years. Now, the ultimate hurdle was complete. My mentor told me, “Matt, this is a critical time for your future. Your steps here forwa...
How often is there an opportunity which becomes available and you talk yourself out of it? I know if you are like me that has certainly happened before, but hopefully we can prevent it from happening in the future. It is natural that you are going to judge yourself more harshly than othe...
Late in 2010, I became frustrated with my postdoc. I had been a fairly productive student in grad school, busy with publications and presentations to back it up. Yet, the more time passed, the more I became frustrated and angry with my postdoc and my lab. Let me back up a bit and give some context.&...
I have been a postdoctoral fellow for approaching seven years. Over the past few years, I have been instinctively drawn to expand my horizons by joining various associations. I enjoyed leading the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at my institution; being a member of the Board of Directors ...
Applying your scientific expertise to preserve national security
To start, let me tell you a little about my profile back in 2005 when I started my MBA. I had a BA in Psychology, a 640 GMAT, and 5 years of experience running a small high-performance auto parts business. Hardly the ideal profile for a Consulting job.
In the summer before I started my final year of high school, I read two books that shaped my desire to become a scientist: Brenda Maddox’s ‘Rosalind Franklin’, and ‘Doctor Nam’ by Elisabeth du Closel. Both biographies vividly described the exhilaration of biological researc
I know that I do. Unfortunately, as scientists the medium through which we often present our findings is through either a poster or seminar presentation. Either way, it involves standing in front of a group of people and telling them the story of your research. Easy, right? W...
PhDs in science all spend many hours at the bench doing research to get results that will either confirm or reject their research hypothesis. They write, defend and revise a thesis. On the way, and as soon as possible afterward, they publish their research and its significance. Staying in academia h...