August 2, 2011

My background

Prior to graduate school I worked as an undergraduate research assistant in numerous research laboratories spanning a wide range of topics – from aquatic toxicology to nematology to microbiology. While most of my formal training is in microbiology, I’ve always made it a point to stay up-to-date with popular science and remain well informed within the field of biology. And while I secretly wish I were a mathematician or computer programmer, I am thrilled to be conducting research on this hidden biota of life.

Why “Treehouse Science”?  

My love affair with microbiology began with a series of well-told stories by my undergraduate microbial physiology professor. Every Thursday afternoon I would pay him a visit during his office hours where he would recount tales of endosymbiosis theory, heterocyst and hormogonium differentiation in cyanobacteria, and the progress he’s made with his vintage Ford pick-up. While most stories were bogged in jargon, his enthusiasm was infectious. There was this certain je nais sais quoi about the way he taught microbiology, a child-like spirit that was endearing and relatable. Every great scientist I have encountered channels a similar enthusiasm for research and I suppose their laboratory is like their treehouse.

Goals for this blog

  1. Share my personal research with a larger audience.
  2. Summarize interesting research articles.
  3. Express my thoughts and opinions on trending topics in popular science.
  4. Improve my writing skills and become a more effective communicator of science.

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