Hashem is a Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Melanie H. Cobb, studying regulation and interactions of WNK protein family members. Email: Hashem.Dbouk@UTSouthwestern.edu


Cell News—Could GMO Xenotransplants Break the Donor Bottleneck?

The name may evoke images of “The Island of Dr. Moreau” or of countless comic book superheroes who are human-animal hybrids but the reality of xenotransplants is a lot less macabre and a lot more promising. Xenotransplants, which are organ or tissue grafts from one  … Read more

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Run for Your Life: Exercise Protects against Cancer

When you’re pounding along an icy pavement or sweating through a gym workout, you try to remind yourself of the many health benefits of exercise. Between gasps, you can say that a healthy, fit lifestyle helps prevents obesity, a worldwide problem of increasing magnitude that  … Read more

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New Parkinson’s Target Discovered on a Lark

The latest “lark” research was not by an ornithologist studying birds, rather by a group of Parkinson’s disease researchers investigating the Park8 gene, which encodes the protein, leucine-rich repeat kinase-2 (LRRK2, pronounced “lark 2”), which has been identified as a susceptibility gene in both familial  … Read more

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A Continuous Cycle of Learning and Mentorship

As my friend Rachel recently put it, the prevailing attitude when it comes to mentorship in science is along the lines of “no one trained me, so my trainees can figure it out by themselves,” with the implication that otherwise they are “not good enough  … Read more

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The Importance of Elections in Scientific Societies (including ASCB)

The opinions presented in this piece represent the authors’ opinions and do not reflect either COMPASS or ASCB official opinions. It is election time at ASCB! Every year a new President-Elect and four new Council members are elected. Together with the past and current president,  … Read more

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Announcing the Results of the First Annual COMPASS Science Writing Contest

The Communications subcommittee of ASCB’s COMPASS announced earlier this year the first annual COMPASS Science Writing Contest, with the topic of “challenges for the biomedical research enterprise.” We were thrilled with the quantity and quality of articles submitted by ASCB’s graduate student and postdoctoral members,  … Read more

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Your Scientific Year in Review

It’s the end of another year. 2014 drew to a close with the ASCB’s annual meeting earlier this month, which brought some of the year’s best science under one roof. (If you weren’t there, you missed out! But there’s always next year!) The time period  … Read more

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Why You Shouldn’t be Scared of Your Thesis Defense

Time in graduate school can seem like it stretches on forever: all those never-ending classes, exams, long experiments, time courses, lab meetings, conferences, departmental talks, etc… And yet, I’ve noticed that graduate students are scared, nay terrified, of their thesis defense! What should be the  … Read more

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What to Do When You Lose Interest in Your Project

It’s a sad but inevitable truth: enthusiasm ebbs and flows, never consistent or unwavering. This holds true for many things in life, but to scientists this is most pertinent to our enthusiasm toward our projects. Whether you’re a grad student or postdoc (and maybe even  … Read more

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Show Me the Money—Funding Opportunities for International Graduate Students and Postdocs

  Photo by Nick AresThe current funding environment is proving to be a very difficult hurdle for many. Although the grant situation at the moment is dire for nationals here in the US, it is and has always been a difficult task to get funding  … Read more

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