Neat Science Thursday – Scientific communication is hard

For my dissertation research, I studied the mechanisms of viral persistence in the central nervous system using an in vitro model consisting of picornavirus infections of differentiated and undifferentiated murine neural progenitor and stem cells. To some of my non-science friends and family, that explanation sounds something like, “I studied blah blah blah, miscellaneous pretentious...
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Surrounded by geniuses- part 11 : Erick

The new genius who was here before, but not was not mentioned when I first joined the lab because this genius was not (as far as I knew) actually a part of the lab…yet. Sure, his name floated around in the Su Lab chat channels, but he was not physcially present presumably because he was in another lab. I also saw him during some of the Su Lab meetings, but then again, there are also other...
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Surrounded by geniuses- part 10 : Sal

Sal the professional…the professional integrated systems biology researcher It’s easy to get the wrong impression of the Tough-looking, badass genius, and much harder to accurately portray him. Sure, the Tough-looking, badass genius bears an uncanny resemblence to Leon (the titular character from Leon, the Professional), which contributes to this impression, but partially because he...
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Surrounded by geniuses- part 9 : Louis

Be ready for anything when working on thrilling research Trail-mix-and-red-bull genius is a Graduate Student in the Kellogg School of Science and Technology at The Scripps Research Institute, which explains his ability to live off standard graduate student fare like Red Bull and trailmix. The Trail-mix-and-red-bull genius, Louis Gioia (pronounced loo-is joy-ah), joined the Su lab in January of...
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Surrounded by geniuses- part 8 : Vyshakh

Around the time I joined the lab, a Fellow-new-person-but-smarter genius also joined as a summer intern. The Fellow-new-person-but-smarter genius, was once a Software engineer for Infosys Technologies Ltd where he developed the Java/J2EE based E-Commerce website Spring and Hibernate Web Application framework which included • Designing proof of concept (PoC) for Warehouse Inventory Management...
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Surrounded by geniuses- part 7 : Adam

The Mysterious Genius of the Su Lab remained quite the mystery even after I’d been with the lab for a month. Where did he come from? Where does he vanish to? What is he working on? Given the extremely varied backgrounds of the other Su lab members, it would make sense if he was a member of a secret organization dedicated to liberating humans from machines hellbent on enslaving humanity....
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