From project to runway

One of the many outfits that Andrea Hadjikyriacou wears to the lab. Find details about the clothes at www.phdfashionista.com.

Andrea Hadjikyriacou will be an official American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting blogger in Boston later this month. Follow her on Twitter.

As a female scientist who loves to shop while working many hours in the lab, I started a fashion blog in August 2012 called “ PhDFashionista” to show others that being a scientist doesn’t mean you have to be boring!

There’s a certain stigma that being in science means you are a nerd or awkward, and I am trying to break those expectations by showing that you can still have a great sense of style while being successful and working hard in research. I also find practical outfits to wear to work while still looking fashionable and obeying the rules of the University of California, Los Angeles, for lab-acceptable clothing.

On my blog, I post not only outfit details but also beauty and makeup tutorials, looks, inspiration for various holiday outfits, and more! I love to shop, and this gives me an outlet to post about what I enjoy doing in my free time, when I am not in the lab, and also has helped me build a community with other fashion bloggers who aren’t necessarily in science but with whom I have something in common.

Andrea Hadjikyriacou is is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles.