Author: Nicole M. Baker

A Future of Building Designer Cells

A Future of Building Designer Cells

If you haven’t seen the cinematic masterpiece that is Jurassic Park, drop what you’re doing and go watch it now. Even if you don’t dig dinosaurs, there’s an immaculate scene of an injured, bare-chested Jeff Goldblum, and that alone is worth your 2 hours and…

New Series: Behind the Scenes of Lab Science

New Series: Behind the Scenes of Lab Science

When you work in an academic lab and are fully engaged in your research, it’s easy to overlook all of the people that provide support for your experiments and keep the lab working like a well-oiled machine. The microscope facility, the tissue culture facility, or…

The Quantum Mechanics Behind Biology

If you have any interest in science and have ever contemplated your existence within the confines of this universe, chances are that you’ve come across an interactive Flash-based animation called “The Scale of the Universe.” Developed by two 14-year-olds, Cary and Michael Huang, this animation…

The Trouble with Reproducibility in Science

As scientists, many of us have read a paper, been inspired by the glamorous data, carefully followed the methods section in order to replicate the results in our own hands, and failed to validate the original results. I’ve often attributed these issues to my own…

Science Fail Monday: Requiem for a Western Blot

Requiem for a Western Blot: A Haiku on Reversing the Positive and Negative Electrodes Two weeks to prepare It’s time to transfer this gel Data finally? Excitement building Put the wires on backwards Proteins all lost, $%!#   PEER EDITED BY Bailey Peck AND chris givens Follow…

May 2015 SWAC Seminar: Mark Derewicz

Speaker: Mark Derewicz, Science Communications Manager at UNC School of Medicine/UNC Health Care Date: May 26th, 2015 Time: 5:30 PM Location: Bondurant Hall, Room G030 Event Link: https://swac.web.unc.edu/event/mark-derewicz-seminar/ Last month, SWAC hosted a very successful first seminar featuring Lauren Neighbours, PhD, RAC, from Rho, Inc.,…

NCI Ras Initiative: Let’s get together and drug RAS!

Non-scientist friends and relatives often ask me whether I am “curing” cancer, and question why the cure for cancer doesn’t already exist following decades of funding for research. Worse, some social media conspiracy theorists are irrevocably convinced that the cure for cancer already exists, but,…

Zombieism’s closely related cousin

Zombieism’s closely related cousin

Most people would presume the safest place to survive the imminent Zombie apocalypse would be in an underground bunker. This erroneous conclusion has led to the untimely death of a large number of soft-shelled clams – admittedly not by Zombieism itself, but its closely related…

Inaugural Science Fail Monday: Filter Fail

For weeks, I struggled to produce a successful harvest of lentivirus. I needed to transduce my pancreatic cancer cell lines with shRNA targeting my gene of interest. This is a common protocol in my lab, and I had never experienced difficulty accomplishing this task before.…

Introduction and Invitation to SWAC’s Monthly Seminar Series

SWAC’s First Monthly Seminar: Lauren Neighbours, PhD, RAC Wednesday, April 29th at 5:30 PM Bondurant Hall, Rm. G074        In my fourth year of graduate school, I decided that I did not want to pursue a career in basic research. Once I began…