Gene genie, let yourself go: thanks and farewell Layla Katiraee

Layla Katiraee (@BioChicaGMO) is a Staff Scientist in DNA Sequencing Product Development at Integrated DNA Technologies and joined Real Scientists in early October.

As one of our first private sector scientists, Layla brought with her some unique perspectives and experiences.



And shared some interesting #sciswag too. Feeling stressed? Just squish your sperm!

Layla kindly completed our curator exit survey, and you can read her answers below.

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

It was great. I felt a lot of stress and pressure when I started the week, but it became easier as I went along.

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

It wasn’t too bad. I had read comments from previous curators advising that you don’t have to interact with every comment, which was great advice. Also, since I was sharing my perspective as a private sector scientist, I knew going in that no two experiences are similar when carving out a career path. If something worked for me on my resume or interview, it wouldn’t necessarily work for someone else. So being prepared for that helped a lot.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

I was very pleasantly surprised at the amount of positive interactions that any mention about my family generated. I’ve always been cautious when sharing information about my family on twitter, so this filled me with *all* the warm fuzzy feelings.

I was also surprised that tweets about my work itself didn’t generate as many interactions, as discussion about the nature of working in industry or finding a career path.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

There were a few topics I wanted to touch on, but they needed a lot of tweets to explain. So I cut them out later in the week.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

I had selected a topic for each day and had written the tweets in advance, which saved me a lot of time. I roughly stuck to this. I changed the order a bit, and cut out a lot of tweets, as I realized that these were often lost in long threads.

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

Media! Pictures and videos do so much better than anything else. I was surprised at how videos or pictures seemingly routine lab techniques generated a lot more comments and interactions.

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

On #SciComm and biotech crops: @franknfoode, @ksenapathy, @mommyphd2, @geneticmaize

On NGS: @microbiomdigest, @pathogenomenick, @biomickwatson, @CIgenomics,

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


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