All posts tagged: biochemistry

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 …

“What matters most in doing research is enjoying the process”: an interview with Prof. Anna Akhmanova

Prof. Anna Akhmanova, a professor of cell biology at Utrecht University, has recently given a talk as part of the lecture series ‘Pioneers in Cell Dynamics and Imaging’ organized by the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence (CiM) in Muenster, Germany. In that occasion, I had the pleasure to interview her and get to know her point of view on pros and cons of a career in academia, the greatest challenges of mentorship, and the role of women in science. You can read the interview here: An interview with Prof. Anna Akhmanova