Posts by: julianeh

Mentoring at BU Medical: What, when, where, why, how?

So what is Mentoring? Mentoring is the verb describing the action of a more senior person in a given area of expertise entering into a relationship with a more junior colleague for the purpose of advising and fostering advancement of the less experienced individual. As individuals during our training, we can and should seek out […]

the end

Since I am leaving BU, I will no longer update the postdoc blog. If you are interested in taking it up, please contact Yolanta and she will set you up. This only applies to postdocs at Boston University.


Mentoring has recently become a commonly used buzzword within academic science. Everybody should have it and everybody should have experience providing it. Even NIH now strongly encourages well-structured mentoring plans for postdocs and PhD students in grant applications, and these plans are as important as the science  in fellowship applications. There are many organizations that […]

Protein of the week- EASTER

Since it isn’t very long until Easter I had a look at an interesting protein named EASTER. Of course EASTER was discovered in Drosophila melanogaster. It is a maternal gene translated in the developing embryo, where it cleaves proSPAETZLE to activate SPAETZLE, which in turn establishes the dorsoventral axis of the embryo. EASTER is just […]


by Juliane BUMC has started a mentoring program for postdocs. As part of this mentoring effort, Joanne Kamens, executive director of Addgene, gave a very interesting talk about how to be a good mentee. It is a lot of work; to get the best out of a mentoring relationship the mentee has to be proactive […]

the postdoc guidebook-part 6 the end

by Juliane I am almost done with reading the postdoc guidebook. This last part is about research. Let’s see if this covers more than RIMS. Brownie points for mentioning the training courses, some links need updating and most trainings are now online, so the only a few times a month restriction doesn’t apply for lots […]

the postdoc guide book part 5

by Juliane The next part of the postdoc guide book might be the most important part. Finding services; this part tells us about the great services BU offers its employees. I am not being sarcastic here, BU is actually a great employer, they just like to hide a lot of their offers on obscure websites […]


tomorrow starts our first BUMC mentoring program for postdocs! That is pretty exciting!  

protein of the month- Prune

  This is a prune, I believe that that’s basically a dried plum. It is very very healthy and contains lots of vitamins and fibers and all this important stuff , however most people don’t seem to like it all that much. There are also at least two proteins, called prune, PRUNE 1 and PRUNE 2, […]

the postdoc guide book part 4

By Juliane The next part of the postdoc guide book deals with housing. This is a topic very close to my heart, because when I moved to Boston everybody in my lab was either too political correct or too uninterested to tell me that apartment hunting in Roxbury isn’t something a single woman should be […]