Brain-eating amoeba 

After hurricane Irma, Florida might have a greater risk of spreading infection. More specifically, brain-eating amoebas are more likely to thrive in the stagnant water. These microbes can enter the body through the nose and reach the brain within a few days. There, they begin their feast, which in most cases is fatal. This work... Continue Reading →



This single word describes my current state quite accurately.  In the beginning of April, an unpredictable event knocked the ground out from under my feet.  Due to unfortunate external circumstances, the place I loved working at had to drastically downsize its staff in order to stay afloat.  As my daughter likes to sing "like a... Continue Reading →

Bridging science, art and society

Last year, when I founded NeuroBead, I based it on the idea that scientists like myself would want to see beautiful images from their research commemorated as pieces of art, that they could display on their walls.  Many academic institutions, especially neuroscience departments, decorate their hallways with enlarged photos of cells that were taken under... Continue Reading →


The dichotomy of art and science 

I have to admit, I have not been here in a while.  Life has been a bit hectic.  Every time I thought about writing, the same topic came to mind - the dichotomy of art and science.  I have written before about how science and art are considered to be at the polar opposite ends... Continue Reading →


Red Blood Cell – hair clip # 4

It has been a while since I have given an update on my beadwork.  While I was working on the hair clips I have described in my previous posts here, here and here, my older daughter suggested a new idea.  She has all of the symptoms of a child raised by scientists.  Her most recent... Continue Reading →


“Branching Out” – the story of Sholl analysis 

I have always been attracted to symmetry.  Ever since childhood, symmetry and equilibrium have always put me at ease and gave me a sense of aesthetic satisfaction. In graduate school, I studied the process of differentiation (read "development") of nerve cells called neurons.  Neurons have beautiful architecture, but are never actually symmetrical.  Yet they still... Continue Reading →


The Royal Astrocyte

When I made the decision to start NeuroBead, I began to browse the internet for some inspiring images of neuronal cells in culture. The perfect picture had to meet several criteria. It had to be colorful, bright and vibrant, scientifically accurate and detailed, and yet simple enough to make in my first attempt. For my... Continue Reading →


Law of Series

I have not come across this concept in English language until intentionally Googling it yesterday morning.  But in Russian culture the term "law of series" is used on a regular basis.  In the interest of not reinventing the wheel, I will provide a loose translation of an older blog post I have found here.  Briefly,... Continue Reading →


NeuroBead Logo

The end of a long weekend.  A time that was meant for rest, relaxation and family time.  The latter I got, the first two, not so much.  Finally a chance to sit down and reflect.  A chance to escape.  In August, we have moved into a building that has a Starbucks on the first floor.... Continue Reading →


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