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 →


Organized relaxation

A couple months ago, I read a great article on how a super organized person decided to take a break from his "to do" list and enjoy some less structured time.  It is really unfortunate that I cannot find the original article to reference here, because it was downright hilarious.  The author wrote about how... Continue Reading →

Pushing the envelope – Part I

"Thinking outside the box" has become a bit of a cliché. But in science it is more important than ever. As the base of human knowledge propels ahead with lightning speed, it takes a special set of skills and knowledge to be on the cutting edge of innovation. When I was in graduate school, there... Continue Reading →


Art therapy

Last weekend was very intense for me. There was a lot of shopping and family activities. Overall, it was good, but I barely got any time to myself.  Over the course of this week, I have been making time to dedicate to NeuroBead every evening, but it was still inadvertently getting mixed with discussions of... Continue Reading →


The water maze

Yesterday I attended a talk by one of my colleagues. He was giving an update on a project we are both heavily involved in. The key difference is that he works on animal models (in vivo), mainly asking "what" type of questions; whereas I work at the cellular level (in vitro) focusing on the "why"... Continue Reading →


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 →


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 →


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