Month: July 2018

Couples Counselling for Zebrafish: How to Optimize Breeding Efficiency

Are you a scientist working with zebrafish? Are you having trouble making zebrafish couples mating? Are you tired of wasting your time staring at them swimming around, with no intention of spawning a single egg for your experiments? Read my article “COUPLES COUNSELLING FOR ZEBRAFISH: HOW TO OPTIMIZE BREEDING EFFICIENCY,” originally published on Bitesize Bio. It’s Sunday morning, the sun has just begun to rise, and you find yourself on the way to the lab (again!), sipping hot coffee and melancholically thinking of your abandoned bed. But something is different this time. Today, the freezing-cold wind blowing from behind is not the only motivation pushing you to sacrifice another weekend in the name of science. Today, you will perform the experiment that will boost your scientific career—you can bet on that!  And then lose. Only an hour later, indeed, a way less motivated version of yourself is staring hopelessly at a bunch of zebrafish couples lazily swimming around, with no intention of spawning a single egg for your “Nature” cover. If you work with zebrafish (Danio rerio) as …

All Like It Hot

Have you ever wondered how does temperature affect the taste of your coffee? I had just turned a page when suddenly a cool breeze blew on my cup of coffee and revived the flame of the candle that had been quietly dying on the table for hours. I turned my head; somebody had left without closing the front door behind them. I can’t abide my coffee getting cold; it is one of my rules. I’d rather pay the painful price of a scalded tongue than drink it cold. There is nothing left in a tepid coffee but bitterness. The aroma, the body, the flavor, the lingering aftertaste, all gone; just bitterness. And I am convinced that everyone gets more than enough bitterness for free in a lifetime. So I dog-eared my book, pulled the cuffs of my favorite sweater down over my hands, and walked towards the coffee house’s entrance to close the door.  It was at that moment I realized that the rain had stopped, and a soft, foggy light filtered through the half-opened door. It was the …

“I keep the positives of science into focus”: an interview with Prof. Marianne Bronner

As a member of the Women in Science network from CiM, I have recently interviewed Prof. Marianne Bronner, a professor of developmental biology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). We discussed her point of view on issues like impostor’s syndrome, mentorship strategies, and the importance of motivating young female scientists by projecting the positive and fun aspects of a scientific career. You can read the full interview here: An interview with Prof. Marianne Bronner