Research Opportunities for College Students and How to Find Them

Research Opportunities for College Students and How to Find Them

As a freshman at Johns Hopkins, one of the first things I wanted to do was take advantage of the variety of research opportunities my school offers.  During orientation I was given a vague idea of what to do: go online, find an interesting lab and email the professor.  It’s a relatively simple process, but it… Read more

Zika Virus Infection during Pregnancy

Zika Virus Infection during Pregnancy

Although the Zika virus (ZIKV) was first isolated in 1947, it was not until last year that it experienced a large rise in the number of pregnancy-associated microcephalies. Microcephaly is a medical condition affecting the brain, where the infant does not develop a normal sized head. This leads to a number of complications and difficulties… Read more

Technological Singularity

Technological Singularity

The Technological Singularity The great science fiction genius, Isaac Asimov, postulated the Three Laws of Robotics in “Runaround.” These three rules were firstly devised as guidelines for an imaginary situation where robots could take up the world as we know it. But who would have thought that such regulations would become necessary one day? The news has been… Read more

Can Coal Go Green?

Can Coal Go Green?

  Coal is indispensable. No other energy source is as cheap and provides such high power output. Historically, coal has always been one of the most important elements to development. It is essential for electricity generators that provide the industrialized world with the energy it needs to succeed. Power creation from burning coal fueled the… Read more

The Tie Between Music and Medicine

The Tie Between Music and Medicine

The effects of music on the human body have attracted scientists and researchers to investigate the relationship between music and human health, questioning how the sound vibrations have a potential to induce a physiological change in an individual. Surprisingly, music has proved to create a medicinal effect on the body. Oftentimes music is used to benefit stroke patients and individuals with… Read more

A Novel Method of Penetrating the Blood-Brain Barrier

A Novel Method of Penetrating the Blood-Brain Barrier

The Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) is a selective permeability barrier, made up of specialised endothelial cells, which does not allow blood to come in contact with the brain tissue. To protect the brain the BBB restricts diffusion of large and hydrophilic particles, drugs and pathogens, which are carried around the body in the bloodstream, into the cerebrospinal fluid. In fact, it is… Read more

The Tasmanian Devil: Disease and Decline

The Tasmanian Devil: Disease and Decline

I recently visited Australia and was amazed at the diversity and uniqueness present in the wildlife. Among the more famous Australian animals are the kangaroo and the koala. However, another less recognizable animal caught my eye: the Tasmanian Devil. Made popular by Looney Tunes with the animated cartoon character Taz, the Tasmanian Devil is known to… Read more

The Scientific Student – Staff and Details

The Scientific Student – Staff and Details

Editors  Ruby Halfacre Daryn Dever Nelli Morgulchik Featured Writers Christina Gaw Eleni Spanolios Shreya Singireddy Ana Karla Cepeda Diaz Ana Roibu Abdullah Afridi Sany Gómez Carolyn Im Cover Design Katherine Im

Professor Feature: Pardis Sabeti

Professor Feature: Pardis Sabeti

PARDIS SABETI, D. Phil., M.D. Written by: Ana Karla Cepeda Diaz Dr. Pardis Sabeti is an Associate Professor at the Center for Systems Biology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and a Howard Hughes Investigator. Her work focuses on understanding… Read more