neuroscience lab

i work in a bilingual lab, so we all speak english and french, but two of us also speak spanish and one of the phd students speaks arabic. so basically this results in us speaking a version of what we call “franglais” (french and english mixed together) that also encompasses several spanish phrases and the 2 arabic words that we all know. and to us this is normal because it’s how we all interact every day, but last week we had a volunteer come in for one of our studies and we were getting her set up in the chair and she just gave us this really confused look and then whispered “what language are you speaking?”

“Population Statistic” By Medhi Jorfi, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Interstellate Volume 2 (in press).

The human brain is composed of an intricate network of over 100 billion neurons which shape our reality, emotions, and actions. The goal of neuroscience is to unravel the processes by which we perceive and interact with our environment. This image shows a ball of neurons derived from human stem cells, immunostained for MAP-2 (neuronal cell marker) and nuclei. 

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Avengers x Reader

Masterlist | Rescue Masterlist | Part Seven

Summary: reader is getting a tour of her new job at the Avengers tower, but happens to be the only one who notices an oncoming jet, about to crash into the building.

Word Count: 2617 (!!)

Warnings: angst probably

A/N: this part is so frickin long and I don’t even think it’s that good, sorry. Enjoy though 💛

My eyes snap open, yet I still can’t see because of the tears blurring my vision. I had the oddest of dreams, because it wasn’t one, not really. I couldn’t see anything. I could only feel. I felt everything I ever knew being extracted from my mind. I felt myself lose hope that someone would come find me. I felt lost, so terribly lost and trying to come to terms with what I did. And for a long time, I didn’t feel anything but dead monotone of following orders. But there were good things. Brief, but they mattered all the same. The excitement of experiencing a new future. The relief or reuniting with someone that matters. The happiness that comes with the success of those you love. They were small things, but they kept me alive.

But when my eyes open, I’m heaving out a breath as the tear tracks retreat into my hair. I sit up in my own bed, the one in my suite. Once again, there’s a heart monitor by my side. What happened that was so serious I need a heart monitor?

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Our First and Last (Ch. 7)

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Ch. 11

  • Pairings: Jeon Jungkook x Reader (MAIN) | Park Jimin x Kim Taehyung | Jung Hoseok x Min Yoongi | Kim Namjoon x Kim Seokjin
  • Genre: angst and fluff, soulmate au, scifi
  • Words: 3,285
  • Description: “It’s likely that this person is not one person but a mix of two or more people. It’s not uncommon for someone in your dreams to actual be a combination of more than one person you know in real life. I think your affection for this guy might’ve just given him a ticket to merge with whatever person or people you’ve consistently dreamt of for most of your life” Taehyung explains.

“Hobi, thank you so much for driving me, I am so nervous right now,” You wipe your clammy hands on your thighs as you sit in the passenger’s seat of Hoseok’s car. You were so glad he offered to drive you to Dr. Jeon’s lab because you would be running late otherwise, and being late on the first day would be a horrible way to start off and not to mention leave the most undesirable lasting impression.

“Hey, no prob, I wanted to meet this guy anyways” Hoseok says, head still turn towards the road in front. He was wearing his sunglasses, so you could only see the upward curve of his lips as he grins.

Traffic wasn’t too bad since most people were already at work around 10 in the morning.

When the two of you arrive, you see that it was a huge hospital building that looked very new and modern, with parts of the walls made of glass. The windows reflected the bright sunlight, and there were potted flowers and other shrubs near the main entrance. A round fountain with an abstract design was flowing with shallow water, and people were walking in and out of the automatic revolving door. It definitely seemed like a busy place.

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 Oxford Déjà vu! 

Oxford is one of the filming locations of Matthew’s new TV series A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness.

Matthew Goode filmed Brideshead Revisited (2008) there…

he was Charles Ryder, the painter from Paddington, studying history at Oxford. Occasionally sipping wine, and eating strawberries…

But his new ADOWTV character Matthew Clairmont is a wine connoisseur, and an Oxford Professor in Biochemistry and Neuroscience. 

“He’s running three labs from the look of his business card, and he holds two faculty.” - Dr. Diana Bishop

Watch this lovely video tribute to Matthew Clairmont by Daemons Domain. 

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Avengers x Reader

Masterlist | Rescue Masterlist | Part Eight

Summary: reader is getting a tour of her new job at the Avengers tower, but happens to be the only one who notices an oncoming jet, about to crash into the building.

Word Count: 1618

Warnings: cursing

A/N: I’m sorry, this part is so boring. But next part has more oomph, promise 💛

I take a deep breath. In through my nose it comes, and out through my mouth like a wave crashing to the shore, and out again. I try to conjure up a joyful memory. My head wanders to my high school graduation. Penny was gripping my hand so hard I lost circulation in my fingers. But I didn’t care. I was becoming an adult. I was joining my community. I was being set free, and it I long for the feeling of knowing. Knowing what I wanted to do, what I was, who I was. Now, though, I’m lost. Completely.

I grunt in frustration and open my eyes. Wanda smiles at me reassuringly.

“Sorry.” I mumble. She shakes her head.

“Don’t worry. We’ve been working a while. Let’s take a break, yeah?” she says. I nod and reach for a plastic bottle of water on the end table by my couch. Wanda looks at me sympathetically. I sigh.

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OneNote Lab Journal

I started using OneNote as my lab journal a couple days ago and so far, I LOVE IT.

Normally I’m a pen and paper sort of girl, but writing all of the stuff I do down was getting overwhelming, and I wanted to keep pictures and notes and diagrams in one place. Plus, I was frustrated with trying to find old protocols I haven’t used in a while, or looking for a specific but obscure note from one of my four lab notebooks.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that one PI in the department had a OneNote account that all her students used, and I saw how organized all of their stuff was, and being me - the organization freak - I had to try it out, and so far, I find it immensely helpful.

I have multiple projects going on and OneNote is making it so so so helpful to organize it all. I love that I can take pictures of a diagram I drew or a picture of one of my bacterial plates or an image of my gel and place it right next to the respective notes for that experiment. I also love that I can organize my project into its different subtype (vector construction, cell culture, transplant, etc…) and keep the respective notes in an organized place. It’s super easy to just take a picture using my phone, upload it using the iOS OneNote app, then open the program on my computer and it being there immediately.

I also like that I can put all my protocols in one place and just control F to find the right one rather than flipping through four different notebooks.

Here’s how I organized my OneNote so far:

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anonymous asked:

Hi Julia! I've got an internship soon and I'm so nervous. It's in a neuroscience lab (I'm a 2nd year undergrad) and they said I should read up on their recent papers, but is there anything else I should do to prepare? I just feel like I'd come off unskilled (which I am) or stupid >_< even though I'm sure the lab is full of lovely people. We haven't strictly planned out what I'll be doing but it's probably similar to lab rotations if that helps at all. Would appreciate any tips, thanks! :)

hi there! congratulations!! this is going to be such a great experience for you. 

i think the most helpful thing for you to do right now would be these things when reading the papers:

  • write down the main question they’re asking/exploring in the paper. this sets everything up. you can also do some research on what lead up to that question (eg. important past findings, knowledge gaps, clinical needs, etc).
  • familiarize yourself with the methods, as these will probably be the techniques you will be learning in lab. i find it helpful to youtube the techniques so you can watch the process. 
  • write down the main conclusions from the paper, as everything else in lab will be built upon those conclusions.
  • write down what their future directions are (if they state it). this may give you a good idea of what current experiments are being run. 
  • write down any and all questions you have regarding anything! do they talk about a pathway you’re not familiar with? ask! super complicated mouse model? ask! nothing shows your preparation quite like having a list of questions–it means you did your homework, and you’re passionate about learning more about the research. 
  • lastly, don’t stress if nothing in the papers makes sense. those things are really hard to understand if you’re not familiar with the science/field/techniques/results. there are a lot of little nuances that will only be understandable with experience. if you can at least walk away with a general idea of what the lab is working on, then that’s ok. you will learn more, and at the end of your internship, you’ll go back to these papers and realize just how much more you understand!

aaaaaand that’s it! not a big list, i know, but you really don’t know what you should prepare for until you’re more familiar with your project and your techniques. your mentor (probably a lab tech or grad student) will teach you all you need to know. and it’s ok if you feel like you're “inexperienced”. no one expects an undergrad to come into a lab knowing every single technique; we know you’re here to learn!

as for general lab stuff, i would recommend bringing a light jacket as some labs and offices can get pretty chilly, and a notebook to jot down notes in. and if someone is showing you a technique/protocol that you’ll be using down the line, ask for a copy of the protocol and take notes on it. 

once you’re more settled in your lab and see what your routine is, you’ll have a better idea of what else to bring (eg. headphones, snacks, etc)

remember: no one expects you to be a super duper expert on the 1st day! you’ll be taking everything one reasonable step at a time, with plenty of help along the way. it’s in everyone’s interest that you feel comfortable with whatever you’re doing :)

good luck, and have fun! let me know how it goes! i’d love to hear what you’re working on!


Taste-Changing Spoon Experiment - Dara O'Briain’s Science Club

The colour of food doesn’t just affect what it looks like, it affects what it tastes like in our mouth but what about what we eat it from? Taken from Dara O'Briain’s Science Club.

By: Brit Lab.


SORRY for being absent for a while, took a MUCH NEEDED 4-day vacation from work as a sort of cleanse from the stress of candidacy exams to hike part of the Appalachian Trail with my roommate Alex (working in a neuroscience lab at Emory) and Dave (also in the Jui Lab).

Included some pictures because this was an awesome awesome trip, and to show the world that you CAN still have a life in grad school…just might have to try a little harder than usual at it. 

Feel very revived and ready to be super productive before the break I’m taking at Christmas!

The teenage brain has been characterized as a risk-taking machine, looking for quick rewards and thrills instead of acting responsibly. But these behaviors could actually make teens better than adults at certain kinds of learning.

“In neuroscience, we tend to think that if healthy brains act in a certain way, there should be a reason for it,” says Juliet Davidow, a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University in the Affective Neuroscience and Development Lab and the lead author of the study, which was published last week in the journal Neuron.

But scientists and the public often focus on the negatives of teen behavior, so she and her colleagues set out to test the hypothesis that teenagers’ drive for rewards, and the risk-taking that comes from it, exist for a reason.

Teens’ Penchant For Risk-Taking May Help Them Learn Faster

Illustration: Luciano Lozano/Getty Images

flower-girl-love  asked:

How did you get started on your (spiritual) journey ? Namaste

Ever since I was a child, starting in elementary school, I rejected the conventional notion of reality. It seemed to me that the world in which adults chose to live, the world that they forced upon their children, was dull and lifeless. 

When I was in fourth grade, I stumbled upon Wicca and loved it. As I grew older, I moved through a variety of occult and supernatural traditions. I loved the way they revealed reality to be something so much more miraculous than the average person allowed. 

But as I entered high school, I found myself possessed by a great fear of death. Many nights I would lay awake in bed, wracked by a terror of oblivion. 

The summer before my senior year of high school, my father died. That shook me up tremendously and forced me to start asking different questions. What’s the point of a magical reality if it all ended with death and destruction? Furthermore, how can we really be happy? I was beginning to recognize that I had no idea what truly made me happy. 

My girlfriend didn’t get it, nor anyone else I knew at the time. So I set out to find insight. I didn’t want answers or beliefs. I wanted my own knowing, my own understanding. But I knew I needed the guidance of others. 

Not two years later, one of my best friends took his own life. Again, the presence of death in my life caused me to reevaluate what is truly important. 

I met my guru the summer after my freshman year of college, although at the time I just considered him to be my meditation teacher. Moving forward, I practiced daily meditation and read many books for inspiration. 

After graduating college, my life as I knew it collapsed. I was a bit of a stoner in college, which just wasn’t an acceptable lifestyle after college. My girlfriend of six years and I inevitably split, and I had a difficult time finding a job. Stuck at home, life entirely changed, and in pain, I was forced to face many things that I could have easily spent a lifetime ignoring. 

Instead, I stared it all down. I persevered with an hour of meditation daily. I took up the practice of yoga and kicked my smoking habit. I reevaluated what is important yet again. And I continued moving forward. 

Now I’m going back to school, doing a premed program attending Columbia in NYC while working part time and doing volunteer work in a neuroscience lab. First semester wrapped up, I’m feeling in harmony with where this is all going. But who knows?

The path goes on and on without a destination. It’s not about where the wave takes you but how well you ride it. 

All delusions of control dashed by obvious immensity of that wave, what other choice do we have but to find our balance again and again? When you are surrounded by nothing but running water, the illusion of attachment is a painful distraction. Grasping is not balance, but by loving we may keep all sentient beings in our heart.

Namaste :)

Tests raise hopes for radical new therapy for phobias and PTSD

Scientists have raised hopes for a radical new therapy for phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a procedure that can dampen down fears linked to painful memories.

The advance holds particular promise for patients because in early tests, researchers found they could reduce anxieties triggered by specific memories without asking people to think about them consciously.

That could make it more appealing than exposure therapy, which aims to help patients overcome their phobias by making them confront their fears in a safe environment, for example by encouraging them to handle spiders or snakes in the clinic.

The new technique, called fMRI decoded neurofeedback (DecNef), was developed by scientists at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Lab in Japan. Mitsuo Kawato, who worked with researchers in the UK and the US on the latest study, said he wanted to find an alternative to exposure therapy, which has a 40% drop-out rate among PTSD patients.

“We always thought this was ambitious, but it worked the way we hoped it would,” said Ben Seymour, a clinical neuroscientist and member of the team at Cambridge University. “We don’t completely erase the fear memory, but it is substantially reduced.”

A brain image showing a pattern activity across the brain associated with one of the fear-triggering stimuli. Photograph: Mitsuo Kawato/Ben Seymour

Txch This Week: Super Bowl Spreads The Flu And Turing’s Math Cracks Brain Codes

by Michael Keller

This week on Txchnologist, we traveled into the darkness two miles below the ocean surface, we discovered that bioengineers had created a new safety switch for genetically modified microbes and we slowed down time to get a whole new understanding of a popular science demonstration.

First up, we learned marine researchers with NASA and the universities of Southern California and Hawaii had uncovered new species of microbes living in aquifers buried under the Pacific Ocean seafloor. The find adds to evidence that up to a third of the planet’s total mass of living organisms exist in these isolated aquifers made of porous basaltic rock below the oceans.

Next, two teams at Harvard and Yale published papers this week on their work to engineer kill switches into genetically modified bacteria. They did it by rewriting pieces of the microbes’ genomes to make them dependent on synthetic amino acids not found in the environment. The key could open the door to genetically modified organisms more safely doing important work like destroying pollutants, making pharmaceuticals and producing biofuels.

Finally, chemists in the Czech Republic and Germany explained how a popular chemistry demonstration works. Many students over the years have been wowed by the simple addition of an alkali metal like sodium to a bit of water. The result is explosive. The reaction, though, wouldn’t work if it weren’t for the rapid flood of electrons out of the metal that forces tiny spikes to shoot out.

Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation.

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lazarus-rat  asked:

omg that MRA post is killing me. I work in an all-lady neuroscience lab. We had a dude in here one time and he was the worst scientist I've ever met.

I like how they think that working in a lab is some unattainable feminist fantasy. Almost like they are willing to admit that women face discrimination in STEM fields and are statistically unrepresented! 

Also, an all lady neuroscience lab? That’s awesome. 

whitechocolateprince-chan  asked:

So as someone who's seen your posts for quite some time I've always wondered, what other interest or hobbies do you have besides the ones we see on your horror blog

I work in a neuroscience lab and I like chilling back and watching Netflix. I was obsessed with Jane the Virgin and am currently binge watching Scrubs.