January 2022 Goals


Break? Over. Rest? Acquired. Projects? Ready to be tackled.

Me? Not ready to work yet but oh well here we go.

I have some lofty goals this month, but my plan is to try and split my time more effectively between my PhD and postdoc projects. I think I’ll work a couple days at home and dedicate those to PhD projects, and spend my office days working on postdoc projects. Hopefully the physical separation will help me compartmentalize the work so I don’t feel guilty for not working on postdoc projects while working on my PhD projects, and vice versa!

November Goals Recap

Gigas Gonad Methylation:

  • SO CLOSE to finishing reworking the discussion! But also not done. Whoops.

Hawaii Gigas Methylation:

  • I didn’t have time to work on the Hawaii paper, but now that I have Rajan’s feedback I can start to incorporate that as I restart my work

Virginica Gonad Methylation:

  • Talked through methods with Steven and Sam
  • Have yet to extract SNPs or perform any actual analysis myself

Coral Transcriptomics:


  • Successfully wrote and submitted my NSF PRFB!


  • Finished identifying new papers for ocean acidification and reproduction review
  • Completed Molecular Ecology review
  • Identified a killifish RRBS and RNA-Seq dataset to work on with Neel
  • Discussed potential projects involving DNMT-3 knockout zebrafish or menhaden with Neel

January Goals

Gigas Gonad Methylation:

  • FINALLY finish the discussion
  • Revise the introduction and abstract
  • Send to Steven for edits
  • Submit to a journal and bioRXiv

Hawaii Gigas Methylation:

  • Address Rajan’s edits
  • Review DSS script and determine if I should go back to methylKit for better interpretation
  • Extract SNPs with EpiDiverse and create a relatedness matrix
  • Look at methylation islands and non-methylated regions
  • Examine overlaps between DML and other epigenomic datasets from Sascha

Virginica Gonad Methylation:

  • Update methods of draft paper
  • Extract SNPs with BSnper and EpiDiverse
  • Identify methods for linking WGBS and RNA-Seq data
  • Identify lncRNA and miRNAs in dataset

Coral Transcriptomics:

  • Continue testing extraction protocol to identify a successful methods
  • Use gel to check RNA integrity
  • Extract all A. cervicornis samples

Killifish Methylation and Expression:

  • Review BAT mapping and DMR identification protocol
  • Start mapping procedure for methylation data
  • Identify protocol for RNA-Seq data

Ocean Acidification and Reproduction Review:

  • Start integrating new papers into main text and supplemental material
  • Revise figures


  • Meet with Carolyn, Ann, and Neel to discuss projects and funding opportunities for the next six months
  • Develop any potential projects
  • Coordinate postdoctoral mentoring program with Maggi

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