Overdue updates

As many of you will have probably noticed, I’ve not posted anything in nearly four months. I could try and come up with any number of creative excuses, but the harsh reality is I had to prioritise the biggest experiment of my PhD, my outreach work, being disabled, and another crippling batch of depression. Now… Continue reading Overdue updates

Health, headaches and (six) hundred followers

Yes, yes, I know. This is my first blog post in two months. But, hopefully I’ll be able to make it count. Those of you who follow me on Instagram, @theradicalbotanical will have seen my story asking you if you wanted to see more plant science, or more PhD life posts. Everyone voted 50:50 so… Continue reading Health, headaches and (six) hundred followers

Disabled&STEM: lab life adjustments

I've been getting a lot more attention on Instagram recently, especially with a video of me using a multichannel pipette for some gene expression analysis. The qPCR assay is incredibly sensitive to basically everything, including the DNA destroying enzymes present all over our fingers, hands, and bodies. A few people have asked me why I… Continue reading Disabled&STEM: lab life adjustments

TheRadicalBotanical on Instagram!

I've started up an instagram account for my blog, documenting day-to-day life in the lab, click here to follow! Or, you can find my profile on the right hand side of this site, under the live Twitter feed. I've been so busy finalising my Masters by Research thesis, I've really let my blog post content… Continue reading TheRadicalBotanical on Instagram!

Imagining Imaging

A very quick post today! Here's an image of an Arabidopsis primary root, showing the plasma membrane of the cells in red (if you aren't sure who or what Arabidopsis is, check my last post, here). The green signal is GFP, or green-fluorescent protein. GFP was isolated from jellyfish Aquorea victoria, and fluoresces (glows) bright green under the right conditions. This… Continue reading Imagining Imaging