Facts and Data

I am a scientist.  I live for data.  I love testing new hypotheses.  In any conversation, work related or not, I look for hard facts rather than impressions.  While this may serve me well in some instances, particularly in the lab, in other parts of my life it sometimes leads to some obsessive and neurotic tendencies.... Continue Reading →

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Image background 

In the majority of scientific techniques, the word "background" has a very negative connotation.  It usually implies that your detection method picked up something else besides the specific signal you were looking for.   People even go as far as calling their images "dirty".   In microscopy, that non-specific "noise" usually appears in the form... Continue Reading →

Different barriers, single drive

About three years ago, I was interviewing for my first job after postdoctoral fellowship. I was determined to "make the leap" into industry, and was thrilled when I found out about the existence of a neuroscience-focused biotech company within a reasonable distance from where I lived. The interview process was long and thorough, making it... Continue Reading →

Dichotomy of 3D renderings of confocal images

We live in a three dimensional world, yet so many things we face every day are two dimensional representations of three dimensional objects.  From paintings and photographs to maps and architectural blueprints, the majority of human creative processes begin on a flat piece of paper.  Of course, technology has shown great progress, making way for... Continue Reading →

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