My name is Ragna Tingstad and I’m a microbiologist loving all the puzzles of life, both small and large, and with this blog I hope to help you (and me!) peek into the depths of all these amazing conundrums that surround us.

This blog will be my outlet for all things science where my life as a PhD student and my topic, the microbiota and type 2 diabetes, will be thoroughly covered. I am however fascinated by and curious of so many scientific fields other than my own, so you’ll find posts covering topics ranging from radioisotopes to female scientists who should be famous, and I might even throw in a post on wormholes, should I be persuaded.

This curiosity of mine has, I’ve been told, followed me throughout life, but the work on my scientific foundation began in September 2006 in Scotland. I got my Bachelor in Biological Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2009 before continuing into an Honours year in Microbiology. In 2010 I moved home to Trondheim to do a Master’s degree in Molecular Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

All this studying has only fed my passion for research and now I actually get paid to be curious. It is surely the best job in the world.

The life of a PhD student should however include some non sciency stuff, providing the Tings of this blog. I live in Oslo with Mr. Man and at the moment a bengal kitten named Ziggy demands a lot of our time and affection, providing cuddles and quite a few scratch marks in return. They’re both pretty awesome and might sneak their way onto the bloggosphere. I’m also attempting to get a black belt in Taekwon-do after finally graduating to 1. Gup, i.e. the first of three black stripes on a red belt. Also, quite probable posts involve both new and old books and music I’ve lost myself in. So now you know what to expect! 

I hope you’ll enjoy this blog as much as I will and be sure to let me know what you think about it and if there are topics you’d like to see covered.

All the best,

Ragna xoxo