Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
There is no typical day. That is the truth and that is how I prefer it to be. I thrive on having many different projects going that I can switch around to throughout the day. The projects are of course all related and have the general theme of cell wall biology at their root. However, the typical day really is made up of a handful of activities that fall into three general categories: data generation, data analysis, and teaching. A typical day can include setting up a cell wall digestion assay, then tending to greenhouse plants and taking growth measurements, followed by making some growth media for the bacteria I am about to transform with a new gene of interest I have selected based on a previous project, washing some lab glassware, talking with undergraduate students about their work for the day/week/month/semester, attending a department seminar, coffee break, answering emails, writing a few paragraphs of a completed (or in progress) project for publication, jotting down some new ideas for a series of experiments or field work, running statistics on the previous day’s results in R, or analyzing the anatomical dimensions of some switchgrass internodes in cross section, combing through published literature for methods references and inspiration, and much more. Usually each day is a shorter list that is more focused on a handful of tasks dependent on upcoming deadlines.
One of the aspects about graduate school and this career path is that for every answer or conclusion I get, many more new questions arise. There really is no lack of interesting topics to chase down or new experiments to ponder. A total absence of boredom.