The One Where We Try To Balance Things

As I embark on a short break away from the lab and the university next week, I thought it would be a good opportunity to talk about the issue of the work-life balance. Most of us try to get the balance right, but it doesn’t always pan out the way we’ve planned. For me there... Continue Reading →


The One Where Your Heart is Immune to Disease

Here are the facts. Cardiovascular disease kills an Australian every 12 minutes. Nearly 30% of all deaths in 2015 (45,392) were due to cardiovascular disease. So if there were ways of targeting new treatments, we’d jump at perusing them. Recently, various researchers have been harnessing the power of our genetics to achieve this. You see,... Continue Reading →

The One Where Ravens Outsmart Chimpanzees!

A memory like an elephant, that’s how the saying goes isn’t it? But, as new research published in Animal Behavior this week shows, ravens may not be far behind. Müller et al. found that ravens were able to remember specifically if people were fair or unfair to them during an interaction (food exchange). In the... Continue Reading →

The One Where We Give Thanks

I’m going to change tack today. I am going to talk about how amazing and world killing women are. Especially women in STEM roles (for those of you unfamiliar, this means the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). I attended an event last week focussing on, and highlighting women in STEM positions. The panel... Continue Reading →

The One With Our T Cells

T cells. The name makes these little guys sound quite simple, but T cells are incredibly intelligent and important for fighting disease. T cells make up a very important part of our immune system. More specifically, T cells are a certain type of white blood cell called lymphocytes. Other types of lymphocytes are B cells... Continue Reading →

The One With Bacteria

Bacteria. It doesn’t sound pleasant, does it? Most of us would avoid anything with bacteria in it or on it wouldn’t we? But bacteria are amazing, and in some cases incredibly helpful little organisms. What exactly is bacteria? Firstly, they are very small, only made up of one cell. However, these bacterial cells aredifferent to... Continue Reading →

The One With The Introduction

I’m going to come right out and say it, I’m no good at talking about myself. There, I said it! Scientists are asked to talk about themselves all the time, whether it be at a conference, networking events, in a lab meeting, or at the dinner table with friends. It’s something I have always found... Continue Reading →

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