Month: February 2017

What I got from Engage

Born and grown up in China, Jake is now fourth year PhD student at the Forestry department. Unlike most of his colleagues who grow trees, Chang‘s research is about using trees to make biofuels. He consider himself as an biochemical

Practicing Imperfection

Emma is a fisheries ecologist interested in understanding how human actions impact marine species, and the fisheries that human communities rely on. More specifically, she studies the impacts of ocean acidification in the California Current, what species are at risk, how the

Poles Apart

Maddie Smith is a PhD student in the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington interested in understanding how waves are impacting changing polar oceans. For her research, she travels to the ends of the world to measure ocean

The Scientist’s Role in the Anti-Vaccination Movement

My research focuses on developing biomaterials-based strategies to deliver vaccines and other therapeutics that modulate our body’s immune response in order to improve our ability to fight off infections and prevent diseases.   All parents want what is best for

How not to talk about climate change

Robert studies materials for rechargeable batteries in the materials science department. He focuses on magnesium (Mg) batteries, an experimental alternative to the Li-ion battery in your phone and laptop. Mg has advantages of low cost, high energy density, and improved

Counting Snow Leopards

Snow leopards are possibly the most poorly understood big cat species in the world, due to their secretive, cryptic lifestyle and the rugged weather and terrain of their high elevation habitat. In the mountains of Central Asia, my colleagues and

Matters of Fact

I want to understand how viruses evolve. Recently, I’ve been studying how flu virus changes over the course of a single patient infection and comparing those changes to flu’s evolution on a global scale. Science has been in the news a

Whose job is it anyway?

Molly Grear studies the environmental impacts of installing marine renewable energy. Her PhD work focuses on how marine mammals might be impacted by colliding with the moving parts of these energy producing devices. Here’s an all too common question I get about

Cancer biology reproducibility initiative challenges confidence in published results

Kathryn Baker looks into the role of DNA mutations in the development of colorectal cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis. By studying both mitochondrial DNA mutations and clonal expansions, she hopes to better understand cancer development in an inflammatory setting and

Simplify your life—with yeast!

Anne wants to understand how genomes encode traits. To do so, I work on associating differences in traits with differences in genomic sequence, using baker’s yeast as a model organism.   What do you do when you want to understand how something works,