Latest Episodes

  • All
  • Business
  • Communication
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Français
  • Jobs
  • Law school
  • Mental Health
  • Policy
  • Teaching
  • University jobs

Mieux préparer les doctorants à l’emploi avec Jean-Patrick Toussaint

Bienvenue sur ce nouvel épisode de Papa PhD! Si tu trouves de la valeur dans le contenu que je t’apporte chaque semaine, clique sur l’un des boutons ci-dessous et...

Play Episode

Les résolutions de nouvel an ou comment partir l’année du mauvais pied – avec Sarah Perrier

Si tu trouves de la valeur dans Papa PhD et dans le contenu que je t’apporte chaque semaine, clique sur l’un des boutons ci-dessous et renvoie-moi l’ascenceur 🙂 Maintenant,...

Play Episode

Leveraging Your Personal Brand in Academia and Beyond with Samantha Lynch

Hi! If you find value in Papa PhD and in the content I bring you every week, click on one of the buttons below and send some of that...

Play Episode

Débloquer la rédaction de thèse avec Martha Boeglin (rediffusion)

Télécharge la “Boîte à outils pour le doctorat” maintenant ! Cette semaine, j’ai le grand plaisir de partager avec toi un des épisodes les plus écoutrés de 2021 –...

Play Episode

Mental Health in Graduate School with Susanna L. Harris (Rerun)

Get the Papa PhD Career Readiness Tool kit ! Warning: Please note that this episode mentions different mental health issues, including suicidal ideation. This week, given that this holiday...

Play Episode

First Year PhD – Show Up and Avoid Tunnel Vision

Welcome to the PhD Dojo! In the 4th installment of the “First Year PhD” series, I share with you some mindset advice for making sure you have a healthy...

Play Episode

Communiquer la science – une carrière ? Avec Viviane Lalande

Contribue à la production de Papa PhD sur Patreon ! Ou ravitaille David en café 🙂 Grâce à un problème technique pendant mon direct avec Viviane Lalande, des chaînes...

Play Episode

L’entrevue informationnelle – Bâtir ton réseau une conversation à la fois – avec Sarah Perrier

Si tu trouves de la valeur dans Papa PhD et dans le contenu que je t’apporte chaque semaine, clique sur l’un des boutons ci-dessous et renvoie-moi l’ascenceur 🙂 Maintenant,...

Play Episode

Inside Big Pharma – A Roadmap for PhDs with Vicky Sherwood

Get the Papa PhD Career Readiness Tool kit ! This week on Papa PhD, I’m sharing my conversation with  scientific writer and amazing human behind the Biomed Badass website...

Play Episode

Featured Guests

Manager of Engagement and Communications

Dr. Susanna Harris is a science communicator and multimedia marketer specializing in health sciences company growth. Susanna has achieved success as a leader in scientific communications, community engagement, and optimizing social media platforms by bringing her passion as a researcher and spokesperson for Ph.D. students in mental health advocacy and the promotion of scientific education and accessibility. Working as the manager of engagement and communications for a biotech accelerator, Susanna optimizes the value of collaborations and support of entrepreneurs and management teams of life science startups. Susanna is the founder and chairperson of PhD Balance, an international community platform empowering graduate students to thrive personally and professionally.

Communicatrice scientifique et YouTuber

Viviane Lalande a obtenu un diplôme d’ingénieure en génie mécanique de l’Université de Technologie de Belfort Montbéliard en France, une maîtrise recherche (système Québécois) en génie biomédical ainsi qu’un doctorat en génie mécanique spécialisé en biomécanique de Polytechnique Montréal au Canada.

Depuis 2010, elle se passionne pour la communication scientifique et notamment à rendre passionnants des sujets d’apparence inintéressants !

En 2013, Viviane a fondé la chaîne “Scilabus”, où elle donne vie à sa passion par le biais de vidéos scientifiques. À ce jour, Scilabus est la chaîne francophone de vulgarisation scientifique en “sciences dures”, tenue par une femme, ayant la plus grande envergure, avec plus de 400 000 abonnés.

Expert Scientific Writer and STEM career blogger

Dr Victoria (Vicky) Sherwood is an Expert Scientific Writer at Novartis in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to transitioning to the pharmaceutical industry, Vicky was a Principle Investigator, running a skin cancer research lab at the University of Dundee, UK.

In her current role at Novartis, Vicky writes medical communications that disseminate the results of clinical trials, real-world evidence, and clinical opinions to the medical and scientific community. Her work supports Novartis Oncology to effectively communicate clinical research findings from their pipeline and across brands.

Responsable valorisation de l'expertise

En tant que slasheur intrapreneur et entrepreneur, les missions de Raphaël Civade interviennent à l’interface des groupes opérationnels et fonctionnels des organisations, en interne/externe et avec une dimension internationale.

Initialement scientifique-chercheur en Ecologie Moléculaire, c’est à cette période là que Raphaël s’intéresse à la structuration de l’innovation, à la conception de produits et aux stratégies des développements individuels et collectifs.

Scientist / Doula / Advocate

Marie McCausland is a scientist, doula, and maternal health advocate and is the founder of the Non Profit Mom Effect and DigiDoula App She survived a near-death experience with Post-Partum Pre Eclampsia in 2017 following the birth of her son, an experience which put her life and work into perspective and changed her career trajectory entirely. 

Marie has a PhD in Molecular Virology from CWRU, a Masters in Public Health from Kent State, is a CAPPA trained Postpartum Doula, and is currently working on her MBA.

Researcher, Data Analyst and Coach

Alana Rister earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2019. Since then, she has been a postdoctoral scholar and research specialist.

However, throughout Alana’s experiences, she realized that many researchers were stressed because they didn’t have support and felt overwhelmed in their research, so she created the Science Grad School Coach to help support researchers and help them learn exactly how to complete their research with more confidence and less effort.

Coordonnateur de plateforme de microscopie

Après un master en biochimie à l’université de Nice, Nicolas a obtenu son doctorat sur la diversité génétique des neurones moteurs de la moelle épinière à l’université McGill, à Montréal.

Après un trajet postdoctoral qui l’a mené de l’université McGill à l’université Dalhousie et finalement à l’Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montréal, Nicolas a intégré l’université de Montréal, où il travaille aujourd’hui en contact étroit avec les chercheurs.

Assistant Professor

Krishna Kadiyala is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Texas Christian University. Prior to starting her PhD journey, she was Senior Network Engineer at AT&T Labs in Middletown, NJ for 3 years.

During Krishna’s PhD candidature, she’s also mothered two beautiful girls. She is passionate about learning, teaching and helping girls in Computer Science, and is an advocate for PhD moms and moms with young kids in academia.


In my continued search for new science podcasts, I happened upon Papa PhD, hosted and produced by its creator David Mendes.

This podcast has wonderful interviews with those who’ve completed their PhD’s where they talk about what brought them to the path they are currently on in their career.

When it comes to thinking about networking and thinking outside the box as far as next steps after your PhD program, this is the podcast to subscribe to.Read article here.

Suzanne C. Miller – Managing Editor, Integrative & Comparative Biology

« Il y a beaucoup de conseils de carrière judicieux dans chacun des podcasts.

Le parcours des intervenants est diversifié, tant académique que professionnel.

L’intervieweur laisse un bel espace aux intervenants et pose des questions pertinentes aux moments opportuns. »

François T. on Podchaser

Your podcast series is like a treasure mine for me 🙂  Every time I listen to one episode I find someone I want to connect to.

I don’t know how I will be implementing the feedback and guidance I have received so far from all the connections from your podcast series, but at least I know I really am enjoying connecting with new people.

Especially knowing that someone is involved in a job they are really happy in and that they have carved for themselves is so inspiring.

Anushka K. – Doctoral Researcher at Okayama University