Arunika is a post-doctoral researcher in the labs of Drs. Michael Lampson and Ben Black at the University of Pennsylvania. She is working on the mechanism of centromere inheritance and maintenance in the mammalian germline.


Six best practices learned from mentoring undergraduates

  Most scientists will mentor undergraduates at one time in their career. If these students are well trained, they can be an important asset for early career scientists and sometimes even generate publishable data. As scientists, it is our responsibility to train future scientists and  … Read more

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Extending the olive branch: collaborating in science

Collaboration involves two or more researchers within an institution, or across different institutions, working in either the same or different disciplines but sharing a common goal. While collaborations have always been an intrinsic part of research, in recent years they have emerged as being an  … Read more

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How to choose a good mentor

A critical decision for a young scientist is choosing a mentor. Often when new students begin graduate school, they have ambiguous and maybe misguided ideas about how to choose a thesis advisor/principal investigator (PI). It is, however, one of the most important choices a scientist  … Read more

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Reproducibility in Science

The scientific method relies heavily on the reproducibility of experimental data. In fact, reproducibility implies that using the same reagents and model systems, similar experimental results should be obtained as those reported, even if the laboratories and equipment are different. This aspect of science has  … Read more

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Imminent Impact: How important is this index?

In the field of publishing in science, impact factor continues to play a major role in determining the quality of a journal. The impact factor of a journal is calculated as the total number of citations received by that journal from other journals to the  … Read more

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Closing Doors on Grad School

Graduate school is an experience that has no handbook or manual. Most graduate students’ sojourn through this unique period in their lives is filled with trial and error. It’s essentially a do-it-yourself program that most students figure out as they go along. The scientific experiments  … Read more

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Interview with Ruth Steward—Principal Investigator at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology

Ruth Steward is a Principal Investigator at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology and a member of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Her research focuses on the role of the new Zfrp8 gene, identified in her lab, in hematopoiesis and  … Read more

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Women in Science: Fight or Flight?

[dt_fancy_image type=”” style=”1″ lightbox=”true” align=”left” padding=”10″ margin_top=”10″ margin_bottom=”10″ margin_right=”10″ margin_left=”10″ width=”450″ animation=”none” media=”” image_alt=”ASCB Photo” hd_image=”” image=”https://www.ascb.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/women-in-science-wordcloud.png”][/dt_fancy_image]For decades the question of whether women are well represented in various fields has been debated. However, in recent times the contribution of women to higher tiers of intensely  … Read more

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