As an EMBL PhD student, I’ve given many talks, but the one I’ll give on 11 January at EMBL Rome is quite unusual: it won’t be about proteins or genes, but on how fake news is helping a bug kill millions of olive trees.
During my teenage years, I wanted to become a journalist and tell stories that mattered. But I also had a passion for science: observing natural phenomena, making hypotheses, and testing them seemed like great fun. Eventually, I decided to study biology in Rome and in 2011 I joined the De Renzis group at EMBL Heidelberg to find out how embryos get their shape.
Continue reading “From the lab to the newsroom: telling how fake news is killing Italy’s olive trees”
It’s 20:05 on a Saturday and I’m on my way home from the lab.
I’m not about to complain (seriously)- had I not been working today I’d be in my room, mindlessly watching YouTubers doing 30,000-calorie challenges, or chefs struggling to make taramasalata. Continue reading “Don’t do a PhD*”
After more than five years of heroic work, EMBL Rome PhD student Laetitia Weinhard in the Gross Lab has finally completed her massive imaging study of microglia. Published last week in BioRxiv, the work uses correlated light and electron microscopy (CLEM) as well as time-lapse light sheet imaging to find out whether microglia eat synapse during brain development. Continue reading “Eating synapses – seeing is believing”
This summer I managed to steal away from the lab to fulfill my childhood dream of driving from Europe to India. The idea that a culture so exotic and different than ours is nevertheless part of the same landmass and people like Alexander the Great, Ibn Battuta, and Marco Polo had managed to walk to Asia always held a deep fascination with me. Continue reading “Escaping the lab on the Silk Road”
After my latest experiment failed I decided to take a week off. I wanted to be far, far away from science, scientists, lab, data, publications… so I applied to help out at an ecological farm in Slovenia.
Continue reading “Anti-vaccination”
It’s official! We are now the EMBL Epigenetics & Neurobiology Unit. Why the name change? Continue reading “We’ve changed the name of our Unit”
Language reflects/affects the way we think and understand the world around us. I want to discuss this in my first ever EMBL Rome blog post- as it is a place unique for being hugely international, and because of a discussion over lunch that now became known (at least to me) as the “cherry discussion”. Continue reading “How to see the world in a new light”
That phrase was uttered for the first time this week and we had a smile on our face when we said it. How could it be good? Continue reading “My cells are infected!!”
Welcome to our blog! We’ve set this up so that people can get to know more about what we do here at EMBL in Italy. Continue reading “Welcome to the blog”