New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists

From Stargazing to World Record Breaking | Career Trajectories with Rupert Dodkins, Ph.D.

December 05, 2022 SLAS Episode 133
From Stargazing to World Record Breaking | Career Trajectories with Rupert Dodkins, Ph.D.
New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists
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New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists
From Stargazing to World Record Breaking | Career Trajectories with Rupert Dodkins, Ph.D.
Dec 05, 2022 Episode 133
SLAS

Our guest for this episode is ViQi Inc. AI Engineer and Data Scientist Rupert Dodkins, Ph.D., who shares his story on how a visit to the Jodrell Bank Observatory as a child inspired him to pursue a career in astrophysics before transitioning into the life sciences field. Also, Dodkins explains what it was like to achieve the Guinness world record for the most consecutive heelflips while he was still a Ph.D. student!

Key Learning Points:

  • The criteria for selecting the best-fit institution for grad school
  • The importance of setting a destination for your goals
  • What goes into preparing for setting a new world record

About Rupert Dodkins, Ph.D.:
While Dodkins was completing his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford, and his postdoc at the University of California, Dodkins applied machine learning to exoplanet imaging with single-photon cryogenic-detectors. At ViQi, Inc, he develops machine learning algorithms for high-content virology assays. A unique accomplishment of Dodkins' is that he jointly owns the Guinness World Record for Most Skateboard Heelflips in One Minute.

Stay connected with SLAS:

About SLAS:
SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening) is an international professional society of academic, industry and government life sciences researchers and the developers and providers of laboratory automation technology. The SLAS mission is to bring together researchers in academia, industry and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology via education, knowledge exchange and global community building.  For more information about SLAS, visit www.slas.org.

SLAS publishes two peer-reviewed and MEDLINE-indexed scientific journals, SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology. For more information about SLAS and its journals, visit www.slas.org/publications.

For Students:
Visit the

Upcoming SLAS Events:

SLAS Europe 2024 Conference and Exhibition

  • May 27-29, 2024
  • Barcelona, Spain

SLAS 2024 Microscale Innovation in Life Sciences Symposium

  • 11-12 September 2024
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom

SLAS 2024 Sample Management Symposium

  • 16-17 October 2024
  • Toulouse, France

SLAS 2024 Data Sciences and AI Symposium

  • November 12-13, 2024
  • Cambridge, MA, USA

View the full events calendar

Show Notes

Our guest for this episode is ViQi Inc. AI Engineer and Data Scientist Rupert Dodkins, Ph.D., who shares his story on how a visit to the Jodrell Bank Observatory as a child inspired him to pursue a career in astrophysics before transitioning into the life sciences field. Also, Dodkins explains what it was like to achieve the Guinness world record for the most consecutive heelflips while he was still a Ph.D. student!

Key Learning Points:

  • The criteria for selecting the best-fit institution for grad school
  • The importance of setting a destination for your goals
  • What goes into preparing for setting a new world record

About Rupert Dodkins, Ph.D.:
While Dodkins was completing his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford, and his postdoc at the University of California, Dodkins applied machine learning to exoplanet imaging with single-photon cryogenic-detectors. At ViQi, Inc, he develops machine learning algorithms for high-content virology assays. A unique accomplishment of Dodkins' is that he jointly owns the Guinness World Record for Most Skateboard Heelflips in One Minute.

Stay connected with SLAS:

About SLAS:
SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening) is an international professional society of academic, industry and government life sciences researchers and the developers and providers of laboratory automation technology. The SLAS mission is to bring together researchers in academia, industry and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology via education, knowledge exchange and global community building.  For more information about SLAS, visit www.slas.org.

SLAS publishes two peer-reviewed and MEDLINE-indexed scientific journals, SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology. For more information about SLAS and its journals, visit www.slas.org/publications.

For Students:
Visit the

Upcoming SLAS Events:

SLAS Europe 2024 Conference and Exhibition

  • May 27-29, 2024
  • Barcelona, Spain

SLAS 2024 Microscale Innovation in Life Sciences Symposium

  • 11-12 September 2024
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom

SLAS 2024 Sample Management Symposium

  • 16-17 October 2024
  • Toulouse, France

SLAS 2024 Data Sciences and AI Symposium

  • November 12-13, 2024
  • Cambridge, MA, USA

View the full events calendar

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