Here is the second piece I presented at the Women in Bio SciArt event and the story behind it. Tortured (2017)   –  12″ x 12″ Traumatic injury to the central nervous system results in an inhibitory environment. This condition presents a serious challenge for neurons that attempt to regenerate. In addition to inhibitory biochemical signals,... Continue Reading →


Trade offs

As I have written in a couple of recent posts (here, here and here), life has been a bit hectic recently.  I have been feeling like I am having science withdrawal symptoms.  Last week, I have finally received an offer for a new position that I have accepted.  For the last 4 years, while I... 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 →


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 →


Why we have cells in the living room 

When I was in college, happily trekking down my pre-med program, I happened to attend a talk by a guest speaker from Albert Einstein College of Medicine graduate school program. Two things from her talk have stuck with me through the years. First, and likely the more important, is the fact that her talk served... 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 →


When you have a passion…

Work and chores get done because the world needs them to be done. Art gets done because there is an internal need for it to happen. Karen This comment was posted in response to one of my recent posts on"Facts and Data."  My first internal response was: "Absolutely!" But then I paused for a second.... Continue Reading →


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