Molecular Minutes

Featuring Swapnali from @caffeinatedscientist

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on July 6, 2020

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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Welcome Swapnali from @caffeinatedscientist_! Fueled by strong black coffee and equal amounts of determination, Swapnali shares her journey through undergrad to graduate school and beyond. Her instagram blog is filled with fun timelapses at the culture hood and doodles from her notebooks.

In this interview, Swapnali shares her advice on staying organized and how to take care of mental health while navigating the busy world of grad school! 

 


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Topics: #SciComm

Featuring Taz from @biochemistry.ig

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on June 19, 2020

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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This week, Taz from @biochemistry.ig joins us to share how graduate life is like from her point of view and how she went from pursuing medical school to studying vaccines for Lyssaviruses.

Read on about her milestones and her advice on how to deal with setbacks in research, her thoughts on making time for science communication, and more!

 


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Basics of Cell Culture Quality Control: Contamination

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on June 15, 2020

Cell cultures are extremely prone to contamination, especially when the work area and materials are not maintained in sterility. Some signs of contamination are more obvious than others. The best way to catch contamination early is to routinely check your cell culture via microscopy in order to become familiar with how your cells normally look. The following information will give you some helpful tips to reduce the chances of contamination in your samples.

In this blog post, we'll go over how to identify and handle cells with:

  1. Bacterial/Fungal/Microbial Contamination
  2. Mycoplasma Contamination
  3. Cell Line Cross-contamination
  4. Virus/Pathogen Contamination
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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Cell Culture

Featuring Morgan from @virus.vs.labcoat!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on June 1, 2020

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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We'd like to welcome Morgan from @virus.vs.labcoat! Her channel is full of snapshots of her day-to-day labwork as well as personal insights into challenges she's faced as she navigates her PhD program and how she's overcome them.

We've been discussing a lot about the importance of science communication in fighting the infodemic and we're lucky enough to have a virologist like Morgan to share her thoughts on the topic. Read on to join the discussion!


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Featuring Emily from @_biochemily_!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on May 13, 2020

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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This week, we're welcoming Emily, from @_biochemily_! She uses instagram to share her passion for cancer research and to journal her day-to-day challenges and victories. Her instagram channel is full of funny and relatable tidbits about science and her research life.

Being a scientist is about being resilient! Read on to get to know Emily's journey and how she saw herself grow as she wraps up her PhD program.


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A Guide to Lentivirus Production (Protocol, Tips, & more!)

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on May 1, 2020

Lentiviruses are a key tool in today’s field of biology as they provide a reliable way to achieve stable over-expression of a gene in your cells of interest. However, many scientists are confused about how to produce these genetic engineering marvels in their own labs.

In this blog post, we'll outline the steps for packaging lentiviruses, including:

  1. Considerations before you start
  2. Basic packaging protocol
  3. Infection test experiment
  4. Storing your lentiviruses
  5. Preventing contamination
  6. Summary Video
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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Lentivirus, Cell Culture

Featuring Susan and Hayley from @Cancer.Research.Demystified!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on April 27, 2020

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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This week, we're introducing Susan and Hayley, science communicators putting their hearts and minds into cancer research and making it accessible for all! On their Instagram account @cancer.research.demystified, they debunk common cancer myths and share lab techniques for cancer research.

We were lucky enough to get a chance to ask them a few questions about their journey to becoming cancer research scientists!


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Featuring Instagram Science Communicator, Maria Ibrahim!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on April 15, 2020

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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Meet Maria Ibrahim, a science communicator and PhD student studying Cancer Biology and Molecular Biosciences. Maria uses her Instagram account @girlmeetsscience to share her journey in research with others and give tips for staying organized and productive!

We had the amazing opportunity to ask Maria a few questions about her research, the challenges she's faced as a Master's and PhD student and her advice on how to stay focused and organized. 


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Colon Cancer Biomarkers Guide

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on March 17, 2020

 

Did you know that colon cancer is more common in developed countries? Around 65% of cases are found in these regions.13 In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world and is diagnosed in 1 out of every 10 diagnoses.1 As such, it is a major focus in cancer research.

Tumour markers are generally proteins expressed in normal/healthy and cancer cells, but are expressed at an abnormal level in cancer cells.2 Thus, tumour markers serve as a way to diagnose and detect some types of cancers, with immunohistochemistry (IHC) being an important tool for identifying different colon cancers.

In this article, we’ll discuss the gene expression landscape of colon cancer and identify key markers for this disease.

  1. Overexpressed genes
  2. Underexpressed genes
  3. Cell cycle markers
  4. Cell surface markers
  5. Summary of colon cancer markers
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Topics: Biomarkers Guide, Colon Cancer, Histology

Featuring Instagram Science Communicator, Daisy!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on February 20, 2020

We recognize that science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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Meet Daisy, a postdoc who's traveled halfway around the world on a mission to study retinal eye diseases. Daisy uses her Instagram and Twitter accounts to share information about her research, short videos from the lab and updates on her travels. We got the chance to ask Daisy a few questions to learn more about her and her research!


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Topics: #SciComm

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