Student blogs

2019 Blogs
Regeneration and the Future of Biology

By Bethann Wilson (Edited by Shane Cowan); Seminar at Pitt Science, October 18, 2019 by Dr. Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, HHMI/Stowers Institute for Medical Research

EMERALD - the hidden gem of technology and medicine to advance health care procedures

By Jessica Packard (Edited by Lili Macharashvili); Seminar at Pitt Science, October 17, 2019 by Dr. Dina Katabi, MIT

Look mom, no wires: The hands-off and wire-free future of patient health monitoring in both the medical and home setting

By Anna Vietmeier (Edited by Melanie Quain); Seminar at Pitt Science, October 17, 2019 by Dr. Dina Katabi, MIT

The Expanding Sphere of Computer Science and Its Applications

By Lili Macharashvili (Edited by Bethann Wilson); Seminar at Pitt Science, October 16, 2019 by Dr. Alfred Spector, Two Sigma Investments

Immunology, Inflammation, and an Oddly Intrigued Conservation Biologist

By Melanie Quain (Edited by Jessica Packard); Seminar at Pitt Science, October 16, 2019 by Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov, Yale University

Link of Inflammation: Innate Immunity to Adaptive Physiology

By: Shane Cowan (Edited by Anna Vietmeier); Seminar at Pitt Science, October 16, 2019 by Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov, Yale University

The three C's of amphibian decline: Chytrid, conservation, and climate

By: Marisa Guido (Edited by Brandon Dimick); Seminar March 15, 2019 by Dr. Maureen Donnelly, Florida International University

A truly "D"-lightful talk: The connection between vitamin D, muscle strength, and calorie allocation

By: Victoria Hrach (Edited by Kyle Emerson); Seminar February 22, 2019 by Dr. Jeffrey Roizen, University of Pennsylvania

From Darwin to DNA: Digging for genes that contribute to behavior.

By: Catherine Bruno (Edited by Barathi Balasubramonian); Seminar February 11, 2019 by Dr. Hopi Hoekstra, Harvard University.

Kisspeptin: A key component of the reproductory system

By: Brandon Dimick (Edited by Marisa Guido); Seminar February 8, 2019 by Dr. Shannon Stephens, University of California, San Diego

Hopanoids: The key to the next Green Revolution

By: Kyle Emerson (Edited by Victoria Hrach); Seminar February 1, 2019 by Dr. Brittany Belin, California Institute of Technology

Endogenous retroviruses can be beneficial and infectious

By: Barathi Balasubramonian (Edited by Catherine Bruno); Seminar January 25, 2019 by Dr. Julia Halo, Bowling Green State University

2018 Blogs
Phage Therapy as a Means to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

By Barathi Balasubramonian

Can We Use Bacteriophages to Fight Back Against Antibiotic Resistance?

By Brandon Dimick

Zika is no match for Zhang

By Catherine Bruno

Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria

By Kyle Emerson

Dr. Bonnie Bassler: Queen of Quorum Sensing

By Marisa Guido

CRISPR: Providing Diagnostics and Genome Engineering Through Antiviral Technology

By Victoria Hrach

Linking Genotype, Phenotype, and Fitness: Comparing Genetic, Behavioral, Ecological, and Morphological Data in Primatology

By: David Macar (Edited by Briana Ports); Seminar April 6, 2018 by Dr. Brenda Bradley, The George Washington University

CRISPR-SeroSeq: A Developing Technique for Salmonella Subtyping

By: Emine Kahveci (Edited by Will King); Seminar March 23, 2018 by Dr. Nikki Shariat, Gettysburg College

Investigation into Neuroactive Steroids Role in the Chronic Alcohol Drinker's Brain

By: Brooke Deal (Edited by Anton Evans); Seminar March 16, 2018 by Dr. Antoinette M. Maldonado-Devincci, North Carolina A&T State University

Observing Evolution in Real Time: Watching the World Change Before Your Eyes

By: Brianna Ports (Edited by Harley Bobnar); Seminar February 14, 2018 by Drs. Rosemary Grant and Peter Grant, Princeton University

Malaria, Mosquitoes, and Minorities in Science

By: Will King (Edited by Dave Macar); Seminar February 9, 2018 by Dr. Joel Vega-Rodriquez, John Hopkins University

Smelling Connections

By: Anton Evans (edited by Emine Kahveci); Seminar February 2, 2018 by Dr. Michael Baum, Boston University

Walking Your Way to Freedom: Exercise and Chronic Pain

By: Harley Bobnar (edited by Brooke Deal); Seminar January 26, 2018 by Dr. Kathleen Sluka, University of Iowa

2017 Blogs
Immunotherapy: Paving the way to Designer Medicine

Brianna Ports

Nonsense-Mediated mRNA decay and human disease: Genome guardian and executor

David A. Macar

One, Two, Three, "mTOR"

Will King

Regulation of Growth by the mTOR Pathway"

Emine F. Kahveci

Rapid Fire Science

Anton Evans

Big or Small, mTOR Signals Them All to Grow

Brooke Deal

There's Way More to mTOR!

Harley Bobnar

From Flicker to Fire: novel research program leads to increase retention in STEM and exciting discoveries in prophage-mediated defense strategies

By: Michelle Valkanas (edited by Charlotte Hacker); Seminar Mar 31, 2017 by Dr. Graham Hatfull, University of Pittsburgh

Mysteries, Models, and Migraines

By: Thomas Kelly (edited by Heather Allen); Seminar Mar 24, 2017 by Dr. Gregory Dussor, University of Texas at Dallas

TAG!! You're it!! Increasing the production of triacylglycerol in oleaginous yeast and sparking a revolution in biofuels???

By: Alexiy Nikiforov (edited by Collin Kessler); Seminar Mar 17, 2017 by Dr. Stylianos Fakas, Alabama A&M University

Tackling Duquesne's Darwin Day and the origin of life

By: Charlotte Hacker (edited by Natalie Hager); Seminar Feb 21, 2017 by Dr. Nick Lane, University College London

Location matters: The preservation of important bacterial genes in rapidly mutating chromosomes.

By: Heather Allen (edited by Brandon Hoening); Seminar Feb 17, 2017 by Dr. Vaughn Cooper, University of Pittsburgh

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice...a unicorn's tail of craniofacial development.

By: Collin Kessler (edited by Michelle Valkanas); Seminar Feb 10, 2017 by Dr. Heather Szabo-Rogers, University of Pittsburgh

Stepping into the Lymelight of scientific outreach.

By: Brandon Hoenig (edited by Thomas Kelly); Seminar Jan 27, 2017 by Dr. Sarah States, Phipps Conservatory

Membranes: They're a lot more complicated than you think.

By: Natalie Hager (edited by Alexiy Nikiforov); Seminar Jan 20, 2017 by Dr. Chris Burd, Yale University