• Question: What kind of work do you do if you are in the office?

    Asked by Anna to Rob on 21 Nov 2014.
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      Robert Hampson answered on 21 Nov 2014:

      A vital part of science is recording your data. I often collate my data organise it ad put it in folders, etc. partly so I can find it easily later, partly so I can support my findings if anyone asks.

      Also,, once everything is organised, data also requires analysis and thought for me to be able to figure out what it means. I generate a lot of data from a machine called the TECAN. However, I have to change the data quite a ot and eventually put it into a programme which turns it into a graph. The programme then analyses the data giving me a number which allows me to compare compounds.

      I also plan a lot of my work in the office I need to know what I am doing in advance so I don’t make any mistakes. Most experiments also need a lot of thought to make sure I have though of all possible variables etc.

      My PhD course also requires a certain amount of pointless paperwork…