PhD blog: shit researcher, single mother and Barnaby-fan


She presents herself as shit researcher and does not hide that she is a hard-pressed single mother. RUSK’s new PhD blogger, Mie Birgitte Frid, introduces herself here – with no sugar coating.

frid340It has been a long time since I signed up as a blogger at RUSK, but as a PhD student in molecular biology and a student in single parenting – advanced level as mum to Robert who has fluid on the ear and bronchial asthma, I haven’t yet had the chance to present myself. But the internet is down at the moment and so I’m grabbing the opportunity to do so now.

Yes, what shall I tell and what do you want to know?

That I am a qualified cell biologist from KU and that for my PhD I am working with shit, that can’t be avoided when you have thrown yourself at diarrhoea-causing bacteria.

That I am a single mum to one-year-old Robert, that I finished my maternity leave in the summer, that I have been working on my PhD for 2 years, not counting maternity and sick leave, that I am a qualified cell biologist from KU and that for my PhD I am working with shit, that can’t be avoided when you have thrown yourself at diarrhoea-causing bacteria, that I am a Scorpio, that I have been suffering from Panic Disorder since I was assaulted, that I am an only-child with divorced parents, that during my 32 years of life I have lived in 10 different places, that I sleep on the sofa, that I am looking for a larger place to live, that I drive a car that my friends call a “Kev-car”, that I go to zumba on Mondays, that I watch “Barnaby” every Saturday evening and have done so for more than 10 years (!), that I have been a bartender for 3 ½ years, that I put on 16 kilos when I was pregnant and lost 18, that I had pregnancy cravings for hotdog sauce, neat – without bread or sausage, that I use expressions such as “ship of the desert” and “beau”, that I hate the TV show “Vild med Dans” (Dancing with the stars) but am a sucker for “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and liquorice-pipes, that I vote SF, that I eat a pack of Kærgården margarine a week, love fatty food; the kind with salt on, that my left foot is half-a-size larger than my right, which makes it extremely difficult to buy shoes, that I have about a metre of scars on my body, that I have been fully anaesthetised five times, that I LOVE membrane transport, you know active transport and that kind of stuff, that at the moment I am an assistant teacher in “cell biology”, that I had extra tuition as a child because I couldn’t spell, that I got my first mobile phone when I was 20, that the internet, not to mention Google, wasn’t something you used (read: found) when I was at university, that it had to be explained to me that “Spotify” isn’t a stain remover – how could I know that? That I have never been on Twitter or Instagram, that I am simply too old and have too little time?


Well. Now you know a bit about me and are probably thinking that you know a bit too much and could well have done without some of it. But then it’s a good thing that we only remember a fraction of all the information we are fed. Ebbinghaus’ “Forgetting Curve” from 1885 shows how memory drops drastically within the first 24 hours, after which it flattens out at around 20 percent. So by tomorrow you will have forgotten most of today – reassured? Or worried?


About the blogger

Mie Birgitte Frid has an MSc specialising in cell biology and is writing a PhD in molecular biology co-financed by NSM and, in Region Sjælland, the Regional Clinical Microbiology Department at Slagelse Hospital. She is also a visiting scientist at the Statens Serum Institut.

Area of work: Clostridium difficile diagnosis and epidemiology.


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