Thinking Outside the Brain

Thinking Outside the Brain

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Genetics began in the garden — Mendel’s pea experiments revolutionized and developed the field and principles we know and study today. Similarly, my scientific journey began with plants. In college, I studied the model organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, which is unique in its ability to thrive in total darkness, whereas most plants rely on photosynthesis. My(...)

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The Interplay of Hormones and Infectious Diseases: How Our Sex Can Impact Our Risk of Getting the Flu

The Interplay of Hormones and Infectious Diseases: How Our Sex Can Impact Our Risk of Getting the Flu

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With the long days of summer well behind us, and crunchy leaves and cool temperatures beckoning us forward, we all have to prepare for winter in our own ways. For most, hopefully, that includes getting a flu vaccine! The vaccine is an important tool in our arsenal against influenza, but unfortunately, it is not sufficient(...)

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Tips on How to Choose the Right Laboratory

Tips on How to Choose the Right Laboratory

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For a graduate student or postdoc, choosing the right laboratory can be a daunting prospect. There are many factors that one must consider, but deciding which to prioritize is often challenging. Individual learning styles, interests and career goals vary vastly, so an environment perfectly suited to one person may be one where another flounders. That(...)

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Uncovering a Food Preference Signal in an Overlooked Brain Region

Uncovering a Food Preference Signal in an Overlooked Brain Region

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This October marks the publication of my first lead author scientific article, the culmination of my thesis work thus far. Simply put, I found a previously unknown brain signal in the ventral pallidum that reports how good a food outcome was relative to the other available options. What does this signal mean, and why might(...)

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