Hey, readers! We want to hear from you! In our new segment, "Ask a Scientist," we'd like to answer your burning questions: don't understand a scientific concept? Curious about life as a graduate student in the biomedical sciences? Simply leave a comment on this post, or e-mail your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. A graduate student will address … Continue reading You Can Get Involved!
By: Alli Fries, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Generally, when people think about neuroscience, the image that comes to mind is the human brain. The brain—an oblong-shaped bulb with grooves and textures, which is reminiscent of a bowl of spaghetti. More ambitious folks might make it past the brain, moving as … Continue reading The Brain in Your Gut
By: Ross Keller, 2nd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program In 1971, President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act, which later became known as the beginning of the “War on Cancer.” Now, 42 years later, are we any closer to winning the war? To answer this question, we need to explore what … Continue reading How Can We Win the War on Cancer?
By: Sadie Steffens, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program When the word "science" comes to mind, I think about carefully planned experiments designed to test a hypothesis. These experiments are expected to produce a certain result to verify a scientific claim—but often, these carefully planned experiments yield unexpected, or even unwanted, results. … Continue reading Serendipity in Science: Understanding How Accidents Can Lead to Scientific Discoveries
By: Patrick Brown, 2nd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program In Part I of my discussion of DNA and epigenetics, I described how DNA is first converted into mRNA via transcription, then mRNA is translated into protein. Once proteins are made from this genetic code, they can begin doing work in cells. I ended … Continue reading DNA and Epigenetics: Understanding the Blueprint of Life (Part 2)
By: Patrick Brown, 2nd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Due to hit shows like CSI and The Big Bang Theory as well as an increase in news reporting, there is a growing interest in the various fields of biological science. As a scientist, I encourage everyone to learn more about the processes … Continue reading DNA and Epigenetics: Understanding the Blueprint of Life