Having studied and worked as a molecular biologist for many years I’ve come a cross many genes and proteins with funny names. Here is a list of ten of them. Many of the genes listed are a reference to movies, books and games. 1. Tinman – Fruit flies with a mutated Tinman gene does not grow a… Read More Ten funny gene names
In this post I will focus on some of the mechanisms that turn normal cells into cancer cells and why they are bad for us. As you might already know cells can divide, one cell divides into two cells, two cells into four cells etc. Every time a cell divides, all its contents are copied… Read More What is a cell and what makes it cancerous? Part 2
As a cancer researcher I often get questions like, “how does a healthy cell become cancerous?” and “why are cancer cells bad for us?” These are valid questions that I would like to address. But before I try to answer these questions, I would like to give you a brief introduction to the human cell.… Read More What is a cell and what makes it cancerous? Part 1
You know what they say – there’s no ”me” in team! But look carefully, letters ”m” and ”e” are certainly there, meaning: think of yourself, too. ”Keen team player” and ”Strong ability to work in a team” are descriptions still often seen in many job ads, including those for research positions, naturally; although, whichever job… Read More The Three Foundations of Team Equilibrium
It’s summer and the semester is over, but that doesn’t mean that science and research takes a break. So I thought it would be a good idea to devote this post to the exciting world of cancer and cancer research. But what is cancer? What kind of disease is that? Cancer is actually not a… Read More Cancer research, what’s that?
At “The Future of Life Science” seminar co-organized by KI career service today, four speakers shared their insightful perspectives for tomorrow’s life science both in academia & pharma. The 1.5 hour inspiring discussion brought academia, government, and industry together: Anders Gustafsson, Dean of Doctoral Education, KI; Peter Honeth, State Secretary, Ministry of Education; Jan-Olof Jacke, President, AstraZeneca and Ola Hermanson,… Read More Is the Future of Life Science bright?
Once upon a time, people used to wonder that why scientists are so silent. Possibly they do not meet scientists around or they hear nothing from scientists, unless from some TV shows such as Discovery. Well, not everyone get to watch them, and may get laughed if watched too much when they are kids. I… Read More Talk! Researchers!
Hej, Today is 1st of May, also known as Labour Day. 1st of May is a non-working day for most people in Sweden, but since I’m such a hardworking person I’m spending my Labour Day in the lab trying to deal with this thing we call cancer. Fortunately I’m not alone in the lab. One… Read More Last week of April was great!
SciLifeDay April 10th 2014 by SciLifeLab at Aula Medica, KI (with Keynote lectures including Craig Venter, Jan Ellenberg, Janet Thornton & Svante Pääbo!) When later heard that 800 seats for the event were sold out within few hours since the registration opened on a Friday morning, I felt extremely lucky to get the entry ticket!… Read More “Life at the speed of light” – SciLifeDay 2014 by SciLifeLab
Hej, I am Ruiqing Ni, PhD student at Dept. Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet. I am from Shanghai, China and live in Sweden for about five and half years. I like travel, bake and sports, especially Yoga and Zumba. I am working in Division of Translational Alzheimer Neurobiology, Prof. Agneta Nordberg’s lab.… Read More So, do you speak Swedish?