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Lucy Shahabian is a PhD student at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, with 5 years of research and laboratory work expertise through her studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from the University of Nicosia, and a Master’s degree in Molecular Medicine from the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics. She is currently working on her PhD project, where she is investigating the link between Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Type II Diabetes through murine models of AD, and the possible use of diabetic pharmacological intervention to alleviate or slow down the symptoms of the disease. Lucy has also participated in several science communication consortiums, both in the organizing committees and also as a speaker in conferences.

Changing Degrees and Pursuing My Own Passions: My Journey to a Fulfilling PhD 

Ever spent years in a degree you were not happy with? This PhD student has, and she advocates for being brave enough to choose personal fulfilment over societal expectations and conventional timelines. In this article, she shares her breakthrough in changing academic direction to a path that better aligns with her passions, and offers empowering words to others who may be in a similar situation.

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The Week Before My Viva

Sue Lynn Mah shares her experience preparing for and passing her PhD viva in her article. In the week leading up to the big day, she re-read her thesis, had a mock viva with her supervisor, practiced explaining her work to people outside of her field, and printed out a physical copy of her thesis. Her tips for viva success include picking out your outfit in advance and practicing your elevator pitch.

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