Jun 18, 2008 site news
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In February 2008, I made the decision to shut down this blog in order to spend more time focusing on completing my degree and pushing my research project forward. Last month I completed my B.S. in Genetics and Cell Biology at Washington State University after an extremely stressful four years in which I tried to balance responsibilities as a full-time student, undergraduate researcher, husband, father, and blogger, among many other pursuits. This year, something had to give as my class schedule was extremely demanding and lab courses required a much larger share of my time. In addition, I had decided not to attend graduate school right away and was turning my attention to finding a research technician position in the area. That search is still ongoing, and I have applied for and interviewed with a number of research labs at WSU.
It’s amazing how quickly you learn about other research programs under way when you begin to interview for positions. Many of the PIs hiring are working on newly funded grants that have not yet been publicly disclosed, and being able to get a glimpse of the work being done in a wide range of research areas has been a great educational opportunity. I have been working on a particular project for the last 3+ years (still ongoing), and it’s easy to become so immersed in your research that you forget about what others are doing around you. The job search has been a refreshing change of pace and I am looking forward to the next stage in my research career, whatever that may be.
With that said, epigenetics research has continued to capture my attention over the past four months. This area of research has produced dramatic advances in our understanding of stem cells, cloning, cancer, development, nutrition, toxicology, and many other areas. With one educational milestone completed, it has opened up a space to continue to highlight important advances in epigenetics research at Epigenetics News. With some additional time available — and my newly acquired knowledge of important concepts and techniques critical to interpreting current research — I hope to make this project more of what I originally envisioned and present a more coherent view of the epigenetics research landscape.
Thank you to all of you who offered your encouragement and support for this project, and especially to those that stuck around as RSS or newsletter subscribers while the site displayed abstracts. Welcome back!
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