It seems this blog has been neglected over the past year. I had a baby 18 months ago and everything changed. In his first eight months I found I had a lot of time to read while I was breast-feeding, which meant this blog became philosophical and sadly less creative. This came to an end when I sent a book proposal out to some publishers and agents without any takers. It was time for a change.
My previous contract in the Bristol Heart Institute came to an end while I was on maternity leave, and I was really worried that, particularly with a baby, I would not be able to return to research. However, I not only managed to find a job, I found the perfect job at the University of Bristol, working on a systems approach to the analysis of signalling pathways. (You may remember I wrote excitedly on this subject for my first blog post back in September 2011, having just returned from a course on systems biology at the University of Nottingham.)
On the interview day, I sat on a chair underneath this painting in the Dorothy Hodgkin Building. I knew I was in the right place. Incidentally, if anyone has any information about it, particularly who made it, I’d love to know. I should ask around at work.