Krystal – Biomedical Engineering, M.S.

How to Isolate Bacterial Colonies Using the Streak Plate Method

How to Isolate Bacterial Colonies Using the Streak Plate Method

A protocol to isolate bacterial colonies is a crucial tool for any life scientist to have in their toolbox. There are several different variations of a procedure called streaking (insert funny comments here), and I would [...]

How to Survive Your First Research Poster Presentation

How to Survive Your First Research Poster Presentation

Recently, Eden Michael, my coworker and friend, attended her first ever poster presentation for her FIT graduate research project. I can tell you all from experience, standing in front of a poster for several hours waiting [...]

Biomedical Engineering: Your Questions Answered

Biomedical Engineering: Your Questions Answered

What is biomedical engineering?   Biomedical engineering is a vast interdisciplinary field that pulls together elements from mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering as well as biology and computer sciences. There are many specialties within the realm [...]

10 Tips to Help Prevent Contamination in a Tissue Culture Lab

In previous posts, I have talked about cell culture technique and things NOT to do in a research lab. Today, I would like to pull elements from both and offer several important suggestions to help prevent [...]

10 Things NOT to Do in a Research Lab

10 Things NOT to Do in a Research Lab

Most of the following items should be common sense. But you’d be surprised on how often I see these simple mistakes occur. If you ever have to work in a lab, take note of this list—your [...]

Gene Activation: Nature’s Time Machine

Gene Activation: Nature’s Time Machine

Recently, I read an article in Scientific American on limb regeneration, and the first things I thought of were science fiction TV shows/books. In those stories, medicine is capable of absolutely incredible feats including regeneration of [...]

Biomedical Engineering Thesis Project: Science is Expensive!

Biomedical Engineering Thesis Project: Science is Expensive!

I have some exciting news — beyond just meeting with my adviser to talk about ideas, I am now in the beginning stages of starting my thesis project! First things first, though, I need a physical, [...]

Cystic Fibrosis Research: What is This Trouble-Making Protein?

Cystic Fibrosis Research: What is This Trouble-Making Protein?

It only takes one little mutation to cause a whole host of problems! While my pharmacology and drug development class has been intriguing, so far I think we are really starting to get into the good [...]

How to Quickly Find References Using Google Scholar

How to Quickly Find References Using Google Scholar

Sometimes school reminds me of how much I don’t know.  It’s a very intriguing feeling – the more you learn, the more you realize there is so much more to learn! The dynamics of my pharmacology [...]

Coumadin: Cardiovascular Drug or Rat Poison?

Coumadin: Cardiovascular Drug or Rat Poison?

With the fall semester in full swing, there is so much going on to talk about.  As I’ve mentioned before, I am currently taking a pharmacology course for my master’s degree in biomedical engineering. A very [...]