Molly, the creator of the BRIDGE blog and co-administrator of the site, is a PhD student in the Plant Biology program, studying how roots grow, obtain nutrients and water, and respond to their environment. You can read more about her research here. When she’s not in lab, she’s likely at the pool, on her bike, or playing soccer. You can follow her on twitter and see all of the things she’s written.
Carrie, the other co-administrator of this site, is a fifth-year PhD student in the Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS) program working in Doug Cavener’s lab studying how the eIF2a kinase PERK regulates insulin processing through the regulation of ER chaperones. You can read more about Carrie here. In addition to this blog, Carrie also writes for the Eberly College of Science and did a science writing internship last fall with the Office of Strategic Communications at Penn State. When not in the lab, she enjoys running and spending quality time with her dog, Penny! Here are all of the things she’s written.
Nate is a fifth-year PhD student in the Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology (BMMB) program. His research concerns a cellular receptor known as the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), and determining its involvement in metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Nate also maintains a blog called The Candid Scientist that focuses on properly communicating science news to the general public. Be sure to follow his blog on Twitter and Facebook! Here are all of the things he’s written.
Colleen is a fourth year PhD student in the Neuroscience program in the lab of Yingwei Mao, studying how the gene RBM8a affects the development of the nervous system. You can read more about her research here. Outside of the lab, Colleen likes singing in the Penn State Grad student acapella group, and hanging out with her cat, Penny. Here are all of the things she’s written.
Jen is a fourth year PhD student in the Neuroscience program working in Dr. Ping Li’s lab. She uses multimodal neuroimaging to examine functional as well as gray and white matter changes in the brain in response to learning a second language. You can learn more about her research here. When she is outside the lab, she likes to hike, paint, play piano, and cook. Here are all of the things that she’s written.
Alex is a second year PhD student in the Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences program (MCIBS) working in Dr. Kelli Hoover’s lab. He studies the genetics of the invasive pest Asian longhorned beetle and its associated bacteria and fungi. Outside of the lab, Alex likes to run and can be found playing trivia at Zeno’s Monday and Thursday evenings. Here’s everything he’s written.
Kerry R. Belton is a PhD candidate in Molecular Toxicology (MT) program going into his 4th year in Andrew Patterson’s research group. His research involves studying the effects dioxinlike compounds on the nuclear receptor aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) in the lactating mammary gland, with the purpose to determine AHR’s association in lactation dysfunction. Here’s everything he’s written.