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Changing University Parental Leave Policies with Marie McCausland

Get the Papa PhD Career Readiness Tool kit ! University policies… Are they set in stone? Do we get to update them, if they’re unfair or archaic? If you’re...

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First Year PhD – Assembling the Expedition Team

Welcome to the PhD Dojo! This week, I’m bringing you part three of the PhD Dojo series on tools and strategies to make the best out of your PhD...

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Marketing Your Research Skills after the PhD with Alana Rister

Get the Papa PhD Career Readiness Tool kit ! Building your brand? Improving your discoverability? Establishing a presence on social media? These are questions that are seldom covered in...

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Zotero vs Mendeley – Quel gestionnaire de référence choisir ?

Contribue à la production de Papa PhD sur Patreon ! Ou ravitaille David en café 🙂 Bienvenue à l’épisode 3 du PhD Dojo en français, avec Sarah Perrier, du...

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S’éloigner de la recherche et y revenir avec Nicolas Stifani

Contribue à la production de Papa PhD sur Patreon ! Ou ravitaille David en café 🙂 Cette semaine sur Papa PhD, je t’apporte ma récente conversation avec Nicolas Stifani,...

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First Year PhD – Avoiding the Pitfalls – PhD Dojo

Welcome to the PhD Dojo! This week, I’m starting a series on tools and strategies to make the best out of your PhD experience. Today – Things I would...

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Are Things Changing for the Better for Women in STEM? with Krishna Kadiyala

Get the Papa PhD Career Readiness Tool kit ! On this episode, I will be bringing you my interview with Krishna Kadiyala. During our conversation, we talked about Krishna’s...

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Gérer les peurs au doctorat – PhD Dojo avec Sarah Perrier

Contribue à la production de Papa PhD sur Patreon ! Ou ravitaille David en café 🙂 Bienvenue à l’épisode 2 du PhD Dojo en français, avec Sarah Perrier, du...

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Le courtage de connaissances en gestion avec Luc Lapointe

Contribue à la production de Papa PhD sur Patreon ! Ou ravitaille David en café 🙂 Cette semaine sur Papa PhD, je t’apporte une conversation avec Luc Lapointe, où...

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Featured Guests

Scientist / Doula / Advocate

Marie McCausland is a scientist, doula, and maternal health advocate and is the founder of the Non Profit Mom Effect and DigiDoula App She survived a near-death experience with Post-Partum Pre Eclampsia in 2017 following the birth of her son, an experience which put her life and work into perspective and changed her career trajectory entirely. 

Marie has a PhD in Molecular Virology from CWRU, a Masters in Public Health from Kent State, is a CAPPA trained Postpartum Doula, and is currently working on her MBA.

Researcher, Data Analyst and Coach

Alana Rister earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2019. Since then, she has been a postdoctoral scholar and research specialist.

However, throughout Alana’s experiences, she realized that many researchers were stressed because they didn’t have support and felt overwhelmed in their research, so she created the Science Grad School Coach to help support researchers and help them learn exactly how to complete their research with more confidence and less effort.

Coordonnateur de plateforme de microscopie

Après un master en biochimie à l’université de Nice, Nicolas a obtenu son doctorat sur la diversité génétique des neurones moteurs de la moelle épinière à l’université McGill, à Montréal.

Après un trajet postdoctoral qui l’a mené de l’université McGill à l’université Dalhousie et finalement à l’Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montréal, Nicolas a intégré l’université de Montréal, où il travaille aujourd’hui en contact étroit avec les chercheurs.

Assistant Professor

Krishna Kadiyala is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Texas Christian University. Prior to starting her PhD journey, she was Senior Network Engineer at AT&T Labs in Middletown, NJ for 3 years.

During Krishna’s PhD candidature, she’s also mothered two beautiful girls. She is passionate about learning, teaching and helping girls in Computer Science, and is an advocate for PhD moms and moms with young kids in academia.

Courtier en Connaissances

Lors de son doctorat et de son postdoctorat, Luc Lapointe s’est spécialisé sur le transfert de connaissances scientifiques en gestion.

Luc utilise des techniques avant-gardistes et rigoureuses pour identifier la majorité des études qui portent sur des sujets prioritaires en gestion. Il analyse la qualité des recherches et vulgarise les meilleures d’entre elles dans un langage simple. Il traduit ces connaissances en stratégies de gestion concrètes qui s’appliquent à la majorité des organisations publiques et privées en utilisant des approches pédagogiques et d’accompagnement qui facilitent l’apprentissage et l’intégration des meilleures pratiques dans les opérations quotidiennes.

Private sector Career Development

David Giltner has spent more than twenty years developing cutting-edge photonics technologies into commercial products in the fields of optical communications, remote sensing, directed energy, and scientific instrumentation.

In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide
training and support for scientists of all disciplines seeking to enter the private sector as employees, collaborators, or entrepreneurs.

Co-Fondatrice, Docteure Sciences de Gestion

Diplômée d’un doctorat en sciences de gestion en 2020 portant sur le processus de création des méta-organisations multi-parties prenantes, Jennifer Saniossian est co-fondatrice de l’entreprise L’Equipage, qui accompagne, sur le long terme des acteurs et collectifs qui ont pour ambition de faire de leur territoire le lieu d’innovations, d’expérimentations et de faire ensemble pour la société et l’environnement.

Rockstar Photographer, Dadpreneur

Matthias has a Ph.D. in molecular biology but decided to follow his passions to become an music photographer (for Usher, The Prodigy, Iggy Pop,…).

When his daughter was born, he wanted to spend as much time as possible with her and built the biggest concert photography community worldwide from his bedroom.

Now, having two kids, a wonderful wife, and living his dream, Matthias wants to help people live a passionate life.


In my continued search for new science podcasts, I happened upon Papa PhD, hosted and produced by its creator David Mendes.

This podcast has wonderful interviews with those who’ve completed their PhD’s where they talk about what brought them to the path they are currently on in their career.

When it comes to thinking about networking and thinking outside the box as far as next steps after your PhD program, this is the podcast to subscribe to.Read article here.

Suzanne C. Miller – Managing Editor, Integrative & Comparative Biology

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Le parcours des intervenants est diversifié, tant académique que professionnel.

L’intervieweur laisse un bel espace aux intervenants et pose des questions pertinentes aux moments opportuns. »

François T. on Podchaser

Your podcast series is like a treasure mine for me 🙂  Every time I listen to one episode I find someone I want to connect to.

I don’t know how I will be implementing the feedback and guidance I have received so far from all the connections from your podcast series, but at least I know I really am enjoying connecting with new people.

Especially knowing that someone is involved in a job they are really happy in and that they have carved for themselves is so inspiring.

Anushka K. – Doctoral Researcher at Okayama University