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10 lessons I have learned throughout my PhD so far

Two years have passed since I started my PhD, and recently I have been reflecting at what I have learned. It has been a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs. There were many sleepless nights, frustrating moments and of course, many learning experiences.

In this article, I would…

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Strategies and tools for evaluating metagenomic binning results

Natural environments such as lake water, soil and niches of the human body (gut, skin, etc.) are home to trillions of microbes. These microscopic communities are complex and diverse, and we can learn a lot about their effects by studying their composition and interactions. If you have come across my…

Poetry Prompt: Greeting Cards

Collage of handmade cards by the author

As I make greeting cards
For my love of cardmaking and creativity
I collect random leftover stuff

When I saw the notification on Medium that Rochelle Silva has tagged me in her poem Impossible to Throw Away, I felt so happy to be reminded of how I have been making…

A simple introduction to matching in bipartite graphs with Python code examples

Graph matching can be applied to solve different problems including scheduling, designing flow networks and modelling bonds in chemistry. In this article, I will give a basic introduction to bipartite graphs and graph matching, along with code examples using the python library NetworkX.

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Before moving to the nitty-gritty details of…

What you must know about antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop resistance towards the medicines that are designed to destroy them. The bacteria will not respond to medicine and continue to grow, leading to severe complications and even death. This has led to serious implications, especially in people with chronic illnesses as we become unable…

5 things I learned while writing my first article for a top journal

If you are into research like I am, you may know that getting your work published in a top journal is a huge achievement and you can gain more reach to your work. I was able to publish my first piece of work in my PhD in a top journal…

A sight from under the sea

Image by 俊 何 from Pixabay

Blue as the sky
Filled with might
As waters sigh
In currents of fight

Bubbles and speckles
Splashing on waves
Nubbles and freckles
Crashing on caves

Home for the world
Of the aquatic living
All being whirled
In the wail of reliving

The beauty in blue
She covers the world
As they…

Punctuation in music

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

Similar to languages, music also has its own punctuation marks to help the listeners understand and enjoy what is played. If it weren’t for music’s punctuation marks, it would have been monotonous and boring to listen. Don’t worry, I won’t be going into technical details of music. This article is…

What are marker genes, their usage and how to predict them?

When we think of the word marker, the first thing that comes to our minds is something that is used to indicate a place. For example, it can be your current location on Google Maps or it can be the place where you planted some seeds in your garden. Similarly…

Vijini Mallawaarachchi

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