To start my blog, here’s a picture of a rogue astrocyte in my cell culture. It- was acquired with multiphoton fluorescence imaging with a calcium-sensitive dye. In the neuroscience community, calcium levels in cells are often used as a crude proxy for neural activity. Astrocytes are responsible for maintaining calcium levels, amongst other homeostatic mechanisms, in the brain so that our neurons don’t take in too much and become damaged. Calcium is an incredibly important signalling ligand in the nervous system, and too much is not good for cells.
I have a lot of interests that are all seemingly disconnected. I’m going to use this blog as an outlet to what I am doing, where I am going, and how I am getting there. Feel free to chime in, I am a big proponent of feedback and guidance. And if I can help someone else out along the way, even better. It will largely be focused on helping others through their graduate research, but I hope to add some of my adventures and hobbies as I go.