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About: Nishal Patel

I am currently a postdoc in the Krumlauf Lab at the Stowers Institute, Kansas City, USA.

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Biotechnique’s Lab Grammys 2012

Posted by on March 8th, 2012

The Grammy Awards are held every year to celebrate the best of the music industry, however, they seem to miss one crucial catergory – the Science Parody. The Biotechnique’s website has remedied that by having it’s own Lab Grammys for the past two years. This year’s Grammy was won by Mark Grabiner and his colleagues[…]

Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist

Posted by on March 5th, 2012

I recently saw a documentary about graduate students called Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist (available to watch here). It’s hour long movie follows several PhD students from Lawrence Shapiro’s lab in Columbia, NY, for 3 years as they attempt to crystallise and work out the structure of AMPK, a cellular master regulator involved[…]

Freeware for scientists

Posted by on February 6th, 2012

After commenting on a previous post, I’ve decided to make my own post about freeware I use regularly that other scientists might find useful. All of these are available for Windows, Mac and Linux as far as I’m aware and come with various price plans if you want more storage space/functionality. You’ll need to create[…]

Map of Life: A guide to convergent evolution

Posted by on May 4th, 2011

The Map of Life is a recently published guide to convergent evolution produced by the University of Cambridge that has been touring science festivals and events across the world. It contains hundreds of article about structures and adaptations that have evolved independently in unrelated organisms such as camera eyes in jellyfish and snails to gliding[…]

Student associations

Posted by on November 11th, 2010

I’m Nish, a 3rd year PhD student in Kate Storey’s lab at the University of Dundee. Over the past year, I’ve been involved in running PiCLS, the PhD association here at the College of Life Sciences in Dundee. Unfortunate acronyms aside, it has the most interesting year of my PhD so far. I thought I’d[…]