Grad Student Becomes Lab’s Go-To Graphic Designer After Making Half-Decent Image In Powerpoint

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Grad student Anna Esquivel’s duties, which already include carrying out her research project, managing the lab, and TAing twice a week, have now expanded to include creating all poster and presentation images for her group after she created a half-decent image of a protein for a lab meeting.

“It was so amazing to see,” said Dr. Lyndon Vang, a postdoc in the same lab as Anna who attended the lab meeting in question. “The Prof was incredibly impressed by Anna’s ability to turn the standard shapes available in Powerpoint to an adequate representation of a protein. You should have seen the Prof’s face when the animation started!”

Anna has now been tasked to create all the images that the lab will use for all future talks, posters, and publications – including a (virtual) poster presentation that Dr. Vang’s due to present tomorrow. “Good thing I have Anna to help me,” Dr. Vang says. “So far, all I have is a title and half an abstract.”

Jadine Sparks, another grad student in the same lab, is an aspiring science illustrator. “It’s kind of frustrating; I’ve spent hours creating scientifically accurate figures in Adobe illustrator, both for scientific posters I’ve presented and to expand my portfolio – I want to make a career out of this. But apparently, all my figures look “too professional” for a scientific conference.”

Anna allegedly also knows how to do conditional conditioning in Excel, implying that soon she will also be designated the lab’s biostatistician.

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Valerie Bentivegna (@vbentii) has a PhD in Life Sciences, but prefers to call herself a bio-engineer. She currently works at a bio-tech startup company near Seattle, and enjoys writing geeky comedy songs to get her through life.

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Valerie Bentivegna (@vbentii) has a PhD in Life Sciences, but prefers to call herself a bio-engineer. She currently works at a bio-tech startup company near Seattle, and enjoys writing geeky comedy songs to get her through life.