I am currently a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My lab focuses on the effects of hydrogen peroxide stress in E. coli. I use a combination of genetic and biochemical techniques to investigate the roles of proteins that are induced by physiological doses of hydrogen peroxide.
Outside lab, my interests include traveling, reading, and science writing. My love for science writing stems from the belief that all science, no matter esoteric, can be explained to the general public. To this end, I maintain a science blog that is directed at a non-scientific audience.
My blog "Tales of Scientific Journeys" focuses on tracing the history of scientific inventions. I have written about the development of techniques in various fields such as chemistry, physics, and biology. I have recently started writing travel articles where I focus on the geological history of the places I visit.
I am a contributor for several other blogs as well. I enjoy writing for "Small Things Considered", which is maintained by the American Society of Microbiology and focuses on current topics in Microbiology. My writing has also been featured by Club SciWri, which aims at using scientists to simplify science.
I have also been recruited to write articles for the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at my university, where I focus on the latest publications from various labs. As a result, I am skilled at explaining cutting-edge research without using any jargon.
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