My PhD journey

The main part of the PhD is of course my thesis project but there's a lot more to do and to learn.

Hey all, this is Narimane early-stage researcher 10 from Bordeaux. I thought I would post a quick hello and catch-up with all my news as I haven’t posted in a while. 

However, a lot has been happening lately!

In my last post I was mainly talking about the generation of reentrant spiral waves using an eikonal-reaction model. We have been able to take it a step further and we were on time to submit a research paper for the Functional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart conference. 

We aim to design a cardiac model that is suitable for clinical use in terms of computation time but still with accurate arrhythmia description. The eikonal is very simplistic when compared to the biophysical models but has the potential of conducting personalized simulations. 

The ideal model will be as simple as possible and as complex as necessary.

Writing a conference paper for the first time as a PhD student I must admit it had not been the most enjoyable experience. Although It’s quite exciting to present my work in Fimh, unfortunately we won’t be able to travel and it will be a fully virtual conference.

I have learnt a lot through this experience and this is one tip : feedback, criticism and corrections will only improve your paper and teach you, don’t take it personally or feel deflated. 

So, do you have any tips or advice, especially for early-career researchers? I would love to hear from you!

Speaking of writing skills, we had at the Liryc institute a program that included five sessions dedicated to Ph.D. fellows and researchers who wish to publish their work and be confident about asking questions.

Our first session with Dr.Ruben Coronel was very interesting, he guided us through the exercise of asking questions in public.

I must say that I may not have this pattern for asking a lot of questions. I want to take my time first to analyze the discussed findings and views but that’s not the point, right?  We ask questions in order to eliminate confusion and put things together. That’s not all, asking “ good “ questions creates an interactive and stimulating atmosphere for the audience. 

As a matter of fact, it is not easy to get up in front of so many highly qualified attendees and ask a question but we should. 

This is one tip: Always start by introducing yourself with your name and establishment so the audience get acquainted with your voice and your accent and do not start with: “Maybe this is a stupid question” of course you are not stupid 🙂 or “Maybe I missed it” because listening is part of asking.

Will that help? I guess the ONE tip to be given here is: stick to the basics, be confident, and there you go practice.

At the end of my post, I thought I will share with you an amazing photo group with all the early-stage researchers in PersonalizeAF.  We had our second meeting on 10th-11th of March, it’s been a blast as usual. 

This short video was taken during the student comitte by our ESR1

Till next time, take care of yourself and your close. 🙏

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Narimanz, ESR10.