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Falisha Karpati – Finding Your Place and Thriving in the AltAc Space

We always want to project into the future as the best possible version of ourselves. But we often fall into the trap of setting our goals based on what...

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Career Conversations – Setting Standards and Knowing Your Worth as a Researcher

Deciding to embark on graduate studies can be a big step to take. For a lot of you out there, it represents your first leap into independent life and...

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Pedro Resende – When The Choices You Don’t Make Take You Where You Want to Go

They say “if  life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But what if life gives you the proverbial lemons, you press them, and apple juice comes out? In this episode,...

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Inês Thomas Almeida – A Winding Journey From Biology to Musicology

We’re fresh into a new year, and this time of year is one of re-evaluation, decision-taking, and renewal for a lot of you out there. This week, you’ll hear...

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Papa PhD Pearls of Wisdom – 2019 Season

For the last episode of the 2019 season of Papa PhD, instead of an  interview, we’re bringing you some of the best advice our guests have shared so far,...

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Joana Lobo Antunes – Crossing Borders Across Countries and Fields of Study

Life isn’t a straight line. In particular, professional life is not as much of a straight line as it was in the past. As scientists, as researchers, the path...

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Fábio Rosa, Gil Costa, Patrícia Monteiro – Taking Opportunities and Blazing Your Own Trail

This episode is a special one – it was recorded live with three guests who were speakers at the 2019 edition of BEBday, a meeting organized by the students...

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Mark Crandall – Rising Up From Negative Self-Talk

What makes some people impervious to adversity? What kind of super-power do they have that allows them to get up after a major hit and find the will power...

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Cindy Hovington – Bringing Science-Based Advice to the Public Arena

In your life as a student or as a researcher, you may hear discouraging voices telling you you’re not good enough, not intelligent enough, or even not man enough...

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Featured Guests

Skills Development Professional

Growing up, Falisha was curious about everything. She started learning music and dance at an early age, and this, combined with her taste for learning, brought her, eventually, to a PhD looking at the brain of people formal training in dancing. Today, she puts her neuroscience background to use developing training and resources for graduate students and post-docs.

Doctoral Researcher, YouTubeR

Stefanie has fallen out of love and back in love with research. Currently finishing her PhD in skin cancer, she has a clear idea of where she wants to go professionally and thrives in sharing this clarity with her peers through the medium of her YouTube channel and by taking active part in her institute’s and her university’s career and placement activities and governing bodies.

Researcher and Entrepreneur

Pedro’s past as a semi-professional team captain has shaped him and the way he approaches life and its challenges. He thrives on getting people around a table to build projects that bring value to communities and to society. Today, Pedro does stem cell research while at the same time developing and managing different initiatives that are close to his heart and to his values.

Doctoral Researcher Musicology

A dedicated mom and curious by nature, Inês has had an atypical career path that led her from the biological sciences to arts, with many a detour in between. Having sung opera on a stage and founded a cultural and community support NGO in Berlin, she is currently working towards her PhD in musicology.

Science Communicator

Joana started her scientific academic journey with a bachelor’s in Pharmacy. Her inquisitive mind led her to a PhD in organic chemistry and to a first experience abroad. Eventually, Joana came back to Portugal and through different contacts and following her different interests, she ended up developing a particular set of skills around science communication.

Doctoral Researcher, Entrepreneur

Fábio is a very driven PhD student following his love of science and developing projects he can translate into businesses. He is doing his PhD between Portugal and Sweden, but the world is his research team, and his current projects involve developing cell reprogramming tools to help kill tumoral cells in different types of cancer.

Scientific Designer

While obtaining his PhD, Gil discovered he had a penchant for graphic design – in his words, he noticed he was more worried about the quality of his figures than that of his data, at a certain point. He eventually graduated and pursued opportunities that allowed him to further hone his skills and eventually made it a full time job.

Principal Investigator, Science Communicator

Patrícia leads a lab focusing on the mechanisms behind autism. A scientific globetrotter, she has blazed a path for herself, finding platforms and funding that allowed her to build up her scientific acumen and network, and eventually build her own research lab. Her second love is talking about what she does and being a role model for burgeoning scientists.