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

PhD life in US and UK: First months

The application season is upon us yet again. Soon, thousands of students will try to make a decision of whether to go to the UK or the USA for graduate school. Two months into my PhD in Neuropharmacology at the University of Cambridge, UK seemed to be a good time to write a comparison between… Continue reading PhD life in US and UK: First months

Does White Matter Matter?

Our brain is roughly 50% white matter and 50% grey matter. Anecdotally, people believe grey matter is the “seat of intelligence”. In the scientific community, grey matter was traditionally thought of as the hub of computation while white matter for information transfer. This belief was based on several studies that showed changes in grey matter… Continue reading Does White Matter Matter?