Cell your soul to science: thanks and farewell Leigh Nicholson

Cell biologist Leigh Nicholson @smeighfickelson joined RealScientists in November. Applying her background in reproductive biology to cancer research, Leigh covered a wide range of topics from embracing mathematics as a scientist, to the array of supermarket items that find a use in laboratories.

Leigh also demonstrated agility, and a willingness to embrace change by taking full advantage of the recently-introduced Twitter poll feature.

Here Leigh is demonstrating some important qualities of all successful scientists – attention to detail and a willingness to admit when you are wrong.


And let us not forget the REAL reason so many of us go to work every day; the possibility of eating cake someone else has made.

More expert polling

There were also some beautiful confocal microscope images just like this one.

Leigh kindly answered our post-curation survey, and we share with you her answers below.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

It was great! I really enjoyed speaking about my work with people from different fields and different levels of understanding. It was also nice being able to banter over some non-science stuff as well.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

Not too much. I’ve done similar curating before so it wasn’t totally unexpected. But I really like interacting with so many people like that, especially on a scientific topic, so it was very welcomed!

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

A few times I would tweet about something stressful or troublesome for me and it was very affirming to have so many people tweet back with similar experiences. For example, when I was tweeting about my issues with Maths and the way it is taught. It was very supportive to hear other people’s stories or having the same feelings.

No lowlights – loved it all.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS acI had no plan.t that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I probably would have liked to talk a bit more about culture and diversity issues in science while I had the chance with such a large audience.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Maybe make a bit of a plan so you remember to talk about everything you want to.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

Thanks once again Leigh from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.

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