Cathy Seiler Is a GotScience Contributor

Dr. Cathy Seiler is the manager of the Biobank Core Facility at Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Boston University and her PhD at the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, studying cancer. In her spare time, Cathy is the editor for ISBER News and writes about science and the life of a scientist on her blog Things I Tell My Mom.

Bee-coming a Beekeeper: An Interview with Andy Zaayenga Animals Environment 

Bee-coming a Beekeeper: An Interview with Andy Zaayenga

By Cathy Seiler @cyc55 Andy Zaayenga was “that guy” who introduced himself to new girlfriends by warning them about the 11-foot boa constrictor he kept as a pet. Not being okay with Andy’s love of all types of animals was a relationship dealbreaker. But despite Andy’s affinity to creatures big (especially in the case of the boa constrictor) and small, Andy’s career took him away from the animals and towards the inanimate. He’s spent most of his career repairing, selling, and developing automated solutions (a.k.a. robots) that doctors use to…

Flow Cytometry Going With the Flow Biology Technology 

Flow Cytometry: Going with the Flow

By Cathy Seiler @cyc55 Sara Bowen, PhD, is a biochemist with what can only be described as a giddy excitement for her job. She runs the flow cytometry facility at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona, and she positively lights up when talking about “flow” and her lasers. An analogy to understand flow cytometry is to think about a stream filled with lots of different fish: big fish and small fish, black fish and white fish. To better understand the characteristics of the fish in the stream,…

Citizen Science Science Policy 

Many Ways to March for Science

Cathy Seiler: Why I March for Science The March for Science is this Saturday, April 22. Thousands—perhaps hundreds of thousands—of scientists and supporters of science will take to the streets in Washington, DC, and more than 500 cities in satellite marches around the globe. I will be participating in Bend, Oregon.  Why do I march? I march because science is incredible. How cool is it that scientists are working on curing HIV/AIDS with cord blood transplants? How cool is it that science has increased the length and quality of our…

A Better Predictor of Cervical Cancer Health 

A Better Predictor of Cervical Cancer

By Cathy Seiler January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. What do you know about cervical cancer? Probably the only time you think about your cervix is once a year when you get your Pap test (also known as a Pap smear). But maybe you’re not thinking about it enough. How much do you know about what causes cervical cancer? How much do you know about why you get that annual Pap test? And do you know how—or whether—it works? What is cervical cancer and the Pap? Cervical cancer is the fourth most common…

STEAM: Adding the Art to Science Science & Art 

STEAM: Adding the Art to Science

By Cathy Seiler @cyc55 What comes to mind when you envision science? A scientist looking through a microscope? A pipette slurping up liquid from a tube? A whole bunch of equations on a blackboard? These snapshots often depict science in the news or in movies, but what really brings science alive is the image at the other end of the microscope, the structure of proteins in that test tube, or the physical problem being modeled with those equations. This is where the art comes in. People have been drawing or…

biobank Biology 

What Is a Biobank?

By Cathy Seiler, PhD What is a biobank? And why do scientists collect human tissue for research? To understand what biobanks are and why they exist, it is helpful to first understand what type of “currency” is stored in the “banks” and what this “currency” can purchase. The currency in biobanks are biological specimens (sometimes shortened to “biospecimens” or just “specimens”), and these biospecimens are used to “purchase” knowledge through scientific research or preservation. Biospecimens can be any type of biological sample or material. Seed biobanks, such as the Svalbard Global…

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One Minute Science

Coming Soon to GotScience Magazine:  A new video series by Dr. Catherine Seiler GotScience: What is your new video series about? Catherine: My goal is to help everyone better understand biology and their health. It’s discouraging to see that so many people trust news that they receive from their Facebook friends more than from the actual source. But if that’s the case, let’s make sure EVERYONE has a scientist for a Facebook friend—or at least feels like they have a close friend who’s a scientist. My project, called “One Minute…

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