Alex Du Feu
Winner of 2020 Bio-Rad Science Writing Competition: Alexander Du Feu is a PhD student at Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute which is part of The University of Manchester, UK. As a member of the Prostate Oncobiology group, his research focuses on elucidating the mechanistic biology that underpins therapeutic resistance in advanced, castration resistant prostate cancer.
Guest Contributor: Amanda was awarded 2nd place in the Bio-Rad 2020 Science Writing Competition. She is a PhD student at Colorado State University in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department.
Annalise Barnette, PhD
Annalise Barnette holds a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology with a concentration in tumor immunology. Her dissertation focused on understanding the immune mechanism of action of the natural plant-derived compound, Withaferin A, in Her-2/neu breast cancer. Annalise has also collaborated with other scientists to understand the effect of chronic spinal cord injury on T cell function and Influenza infection.
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Christine Lalonde, PhD
Guest Contributor: Christine Lalonde, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Laurentian University, Canada. Her PhD was on fetal programming of adaptive behavioral phenotypes in response to neural gene expression modifications after low-dose radiation exposure.
Guest Contributor: Danielle Germudson is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Pathology, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, USA. She is researching the relationship and mechanism of how peripheral food allergy can influence the central nervous system and cause behavioral changes.
Elisa Vitiello, PhD
Guest Contributor: Elisa has a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from University College London where she studied how cell division and cell-cell junctions are coordinated in epithelial tissues. She is an experienced researcher in the field of biophysical approaches to cell biology.
Emma Green, PhD
Guest Contributor: Emma Green has a PhD in Neuroscience from Keele University. She is researching the possible influences of the B vitamin nicotinamide in Parkinson's disease. She was highly commended in the Bio-Rad 2020 Science Writing Competition.
Gayatri Subramanian, PhD
Guest Contributor: Gayatri Subramanian has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Her dissertation work focused on innate immune response against viral infections. She has extensive experience with western blot and viral quantification assays.
Guest Contributor: Janielle Cuala was born and raised in Guam and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California through the Medical Biophysics program. Her research focuses on beta-cell structure and function within different biological contexts such as COVID-19 and early life stress using a multi-modal microscopic approach (i.e., electron microscopy, super resolution, and florescence lifetime imaging microscopy).
Katie Roberts, PhD
Bio-Rad Antibodies Team Writer: Katie Roberts gained her PhD in cellular biology, during which she investigated the interaction between inflammation and the cell cycle, focusing on Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB). She has experience with flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, and mathematical modelling, and has a strong interest in the effective communication of science. Before joining Bio-Rad, she worked as a Medical Writer for clients in the pharmaceutical industry.
Keira Lee Rice
2021 Science Writing Competition Winner: Keira is a third year PhD Candidate at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She works in an imaging lab that uses zebrafish to study calcium signaling in embryonic development.
Kimberley Bryon-Dodd, PhD
Lab Crunches Editor: Kimberley Bryon-Dodd has a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a focus on neurobiology. Her thesis was on neurocommunication in the nemotode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, where she was interested in the interplay between Rho and dopamine signaling pathways. Prior to joining Bio-Rad she worked as a science communicator in the fields of reproductive biology and medical research.
Marta González Prieto, PhD
Guest Contributor: Marta has Ph.D. in Biomedical Research from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She investigated the neuroprotective effects of noradrenaline in Alzheimer's disease. After being highly commended in the 2020 Bio-Rad Science Writing Competition, she decided to become a Science Communicator and she collaborates with the Dravet Syndrome Foundation to raise awareness of this disorder and encourage investment in research and development of better diagnostics and treatments.
Guest Contributor: Priyankaa is a final year PhD student from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore based in the National University of Singapore. Her research is focused on understanding the mechanistic regulation of A-to-I RNA editing in the context of cancer.
Rachael Preston, PhD
Bio-Rad Antibodies Team Writer: Rachael is an Applications Scientist for Bio-Rad Antibodies. She earned her PhD in cancer genetics at Cardiff University (UK) where she focused on characterizing the tumor suppression function of folliculin. Of particular focus was the detection of phosphorylation events resulting from the activation of kinases, like mTOR and AMPK. She has extensive experience in molecular biology techniques and antibody applications
Guest Contributor: Sabine Hahn is a PhD candidate in the Biology and Biotechnology program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA.She is currently doing her thesis work in the Manning lab which primarily focuses on the cellular mechanisms that maintain genome stability in healthy cells, while also looking at how these pathways are altered or compromised in cancer. Her research focuses on understanding how the functional inactivation or loss of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein influences heterochromatin regulation and organization.
Guest Contributor: Samantha is a PhD Candidate in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Dr. Brendan Harley’s Research Lab. Her research utilizes gelatin-based hydrogels to create three-dimensional models of the endometrium that include sufficient complexity to model dynamic endometrial processes, including blood vessel formation and hormonal stimulation.
Sharon Sanderson, PhD
Bio-Rad Antibodies Team Writer: Sharon Sanderson, PhD, is a Flow Cytometry Research Associate for Bio-Rad Antibodies. She obtained her degree in Molecular Biology from The University of Manchester before moving to The Institute of Cancer Research obtaining a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of London with her thesis focusing on Angiogenesis. Sharon then moved to the University of Oxford where she worked for 13 years, initially continuing with research in the cancer field before moving into immunology research. Her most recent position was as a post-doctoral scientist in an autophagy laboratory working on multiple projects involving conventional and imaging flow cytometry.
Guest Contributor:Shermaine Thein is a 3rd year graduate student at the Centre for Healthy Longevity at the National University of Singapore. Her PhD project is on the utility of novel or established compounds on aging and age-related conditions, using model organisms, like the nematode worm, C. elegans. She was highly commended in the Bio-Rad 2020 Science Writing Competition.
Stuart Weston, PhD
Guest Contributor: Stuart has a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology. He is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Maryland School of Medicine working in Dr. Matthew Frieman’s lab. He has been working in this position since November 2016. The lab has a research focus on coronaviruses and influenza, working on various projects for antiviral development and vaccine along with understanding viral pathogenesis.
Varadha Balaji Venkadakrishnan
Guest Contributor: Vardha Balaji is a 5th year PhD student at Cleveland State University in Ohio, USA. His research focuses on understanding and developing alternative therapeutic strategies for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.
Zill-e-Anam is a PhD graduate student at the Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Her doctoral work involves the discovery of peptide-based therapeutics for the treatment of malaria.
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