Neural computation in artificial intelligence: A conversation about AlphaGo.

Artificial intelligence (AI) – an awe-inspiring field that evokes, often polarizing, emotions. A field that is touted as the basis of the uprising of machines against the human race. It is hardly surprising therefore, that AI is intricately linked with biology, especially neuroscience. “The immensely complex structures of biological neural networks have been formed in… Continue reading Neural computation in artificial intelligence: A conversation about AlphaGo.

Highlights of the 30th Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar on Mental Plasticity

From the outside, neuroscience seems to be a homogenous community. However, divisions exist within – especially between the psychology-based and the cellular-based disciplines. During my undergraduate years, I majored in both psychology and neuroscience – determined to bridge this chasm. But, the more I progress into my PhD, the more I feel my allegiance shift… Continue reading Highlights of the 30th Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar on Mental Plasticity

Gates Cambridge Scholarship: Sample Essay, Interview and the life after

It’s once again the time of the year when thousands across the world compete for a few spots in Rhodes, Gates Cambridge and other similar scholarships. Knowing there is no one formula for securing these scholarships, applicants try to gather as many sample application material and/or advice as possible. I was at this stage two… Continue reading Gates Cambridge Scholarship: Sample Essay, Interview and the life after

Neural Networks in Health and Diseases Conference 2017

On Thursday and Friday, 7 & 8th September, I presented a poster at the Neural Networks in Health and Diseases conference in Cambridge, UK. In addition to the star-studded speakers lineup, it covered an enormous range of topics from mathematical modelling of connectomes to growing brains in a dish. In small conferences like this, I… Continue reading Neural Networks in Health and Diseases Conference 2017

Is Cancer Neuroscience?

This post is in collaboration with Sarianna Mikaela, who graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Edinburgh (UK) before pursuing M.Sc. in Biomedicine at Karolinksa Institutet (Sweden). Currently she is an Erasmus+ scholar at the University of Cambridge studying small cell lung cancer cells using whole cell patch clamping.  … Continue reading Is Cancer Neuroscience?

The centuries old stain: Hematoxylin and Eosin Y

When a pathologist tries to determine whether a biopsy is cancerous or not,  he/she is likely to be looking at a Hematoxylin and Eosin Y (H&E) stain of the biopsy. Very simply, Hematoxylin colors the nucleus of each cell and Eosin Y colors other parts of the cell for better visualization. Across the world, scientists… Continue reading The centuries old stain: Hematoxylin and Eosin Y