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.
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”
Here is how a new lab at EMBL looks.
Continue reading “Virtual lab tour – the ASARI lab”
This week our lab did our first successful optogenetics experiment. Postdoctoral fellow Daniel Rossier and Sapienza University Masters student Violetta La Franca (above) have been trying to understand why animals like to do things even if they don’t get rewarded for doing it. It’s the old question of why a cat chases its tail – it just doesn’t make sense according to most neuroscience theories that talk about reward and punishment as the main drivers of behavior. Continue reading “Optomania”