Dr Meera Unnikrishnan
University of Warwick
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?
I am inspired by female scientists like Rosalind Franklin and Marie Curie, because of the courage and perseverance they showed in the face of adversities.
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?
Supportive, collaborative, encourage independent thinking
In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:
At the start your training will be supervised predominantly by my experienced post docs/PhD students (although I am happy to step in if required). I generally expect you independently figure out appropriate methods and encourage independent ideas in your second and third years.
Progression monitoring and management:
I will help plan experiments and aims initially, but would expect you to take ownership of your progression and manage/ plan your own work during your PhD. I am always available for advice or if you need help troubleshooting. I would like to meet regularly to discuss your progress and new experiments, especially in the first year.
I believe open communication between the student and PI is very important. I would expect you to come to me you have any work-related issues or other issues impacting work so that we can find a solution together. The team has a Slack group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week and sometimes weekends. Although I tend to work after-hours and weekends, I do not expect you to do the same.
How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?
At least once per week
In year 1 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?
At least once per week
In year 2 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?
At least once per fortnight
In year 3 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?
At least once per month
What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?
Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice).
Open door policy?
Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response (if required) on every working day.
My expectation of PhD student working patterns?
The timing of work in my lab is completely flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time.
Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?
I need at least 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.