A day in the life: Maya

A few days ago, I met a friend for a beer, and he asked me (as politely as possible) what scientists actually do on an average day. Ask and you shall receive! In a series called Day in the Life, we and our peers will share what we do to fill our time. Find them compiled here.

Here’s what I did today:

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How do biologists take a cellular census? Lasers.

This is the first in a series of posts describing techniques that scientists use regularly. Find more under the “Tools and Techniques” tab above. 

Tools and Techniques: FACS (Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting)

It’s 9am, and I am getting ready to play with lasers. (Yeah, occasionally I have to pinch myself as a reminder that this is a real-life job). Continue reading “How do biologists take a cellular census? Lasers.”

Welcome to Equilibria! Who the heck are we?

We’re three Ph.D. students who have given over our twenties to biology research, and we’re starting this project to share our love of science with you! Ph.D. students (alongside postdocs) do the grunt work of science. Each day we try to learn something new about the world. Science research is rarely as glamorous as it appears in popular media, but it’s also rarely endless, dull toiling. Instead, it’s a bit of both! We love the job, and want to share what it looks like.

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