So after a short blogging hiatus, I am back to share my exciting news.
In October I defended my dissertation (and passed!), and a little over a week ago, I graduated with my doctorate from FAU. Many of my family members came down from Ohio for the celebration (pictures to follow soon). We had a blast!
Last week I started my new job as a postdoctoral research at the University of Miami. I am working in a chemical senses laboratory looking at the taste system. The taste system looks and functions quite similarly to the olfactory system (which I studied for my doctorate). Even though much of what I learned about the olfactory system will still apply when I investigate the taste system, I will be researching mammals now instead of sharks and learning some really cool, sophisticated techniques. This job will show me a very different aspect of research, teach me new techniques that will make me a more marketable job candidate in the future, and help me hone my professional goals further.
I have already started to learn the basics of growing cells in culture….. a far cry from my previous research! Wish me luck! It will be an exciting journey.