George Watson

# Interdisciplinary scientist at the physics–biology interface

Why I'm leaving academia

I love science. I love the academic environment and I love the work I do. I even think I’m quite good at it. But I’m leaving – I’m taking my PhD and heading to pastures new in the big, scary outside world, and I’d like to share my reasons.

Content warning: Minor Married at First Sight Australia (season 6) spoilers

The surprise hit of Lockdown III is a 2-year-old rerun of a trashy reality TV series from the other side of the world, in which complete strangers are placed into arranged marriages by a team of “experts” and drama ensues. But despite its trashy nature, the wonder from down under features some surprisingly interesting game theory.

I recently encountered the surprisingly difficult task of processing a PDB file in Python. While reading fixed-width files is relatively trivial in certain old-fashioned languages with support for complex format statements, like my beloved Fortran, Python makes it less simple. Given the myriad record types that frequently appear in such files, doing this processing on an ad-hoc basis seems like a terrible idea. Thankfully, the fields in these records lend themselves nicely to implementation as objects, so I went ahead and did just that.

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I will be attending the Institute of Physics “Physics of Microorganisms II” conference in London on Monday, with my poster entitled “Atomistic simulations unveil the influence of DNA topology on IHF–DNA interaction”.


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