#sci#scientistswhoselfie . I am new to the #sci#scicomm community and I’m still figuring out exactly what I want this Instagram to be about. But I love getting to share my love of science with so many other fabulous #stem ers. . In a world that is so critical and full of horrible things, this community of #scicomm and #sciart on instagram is beautiful. When the world is getting me down I read through this feed and am so inspired by what everyone is up to. It reinvigorates me to get back to work! . When I was still unemployed and incredibly insecure, I started this Instagram. Then I connected with @scigirlsash and got to work on my first collaboration and logo design for #phdenomenalphdemale . It was amazing to contribute to this community. It helped me gain so much confidence. . Love you @science.sam and all you other fabulous people of STEM! Keep inspiring more people! . . . . . #research #womeninstem #womeninscience #scientistswhoinsta #scientists #science #scienceselfie #strongertogether
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🎉👩🏽‍🔬 PhDenomenal PhDemale👩🏽‍🔬 🎉 for March is Dr. Sarmitha (Sam) Sathiamoorthy, a scientist working in Analytical Research & Development. Sam completed her PhD molecular biology, and transitioned into the field of protein chemistry as a post-Doc and eventually found the perfect fit for her by working in industrial science as a part of a vaccine-making team. ⠀ ⠀ “In my role, everyday can be different and there are so many different facets to it” says Sam, who describes working to apply her knowledge from her PhD training to design and implement assays to test the chemistry of the proteins for regulation and safety. Additionally, she spends a lot of time communicating with her own team members as well as other outside groups to drive new projects forward as daily events. In fact, about 30% of her time is spent at the bench.⠀ ⠀ So, what’s it like to work in industry versus academia? “In industry, I needed to learn the language of regulation and the level of documenting, GMPs (good manufacturing processes) and SOP (standard operating procedures) and a level of reporting to account for everything”. 📝 For those of us with less than perfect lab notebooks, we might have some work cut out for us....😝 Sam says details like what exact piece of equipment, the date it was calibrated, the expiry date of every reagent used such that anything unexpected could be traced back to the exact method are required. ☑ ⠀ While the detailed note-taking might seem pain-staking to some of us, Sam describes her work as ultimately rewarding, “being able to bring new technologies to a level where we can use it in a regulated space…” says Sam as a she drifts off seemingly lost in the awe of what good science can do.⠀ ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ ⠀ The perfect fit for Sam was found in industry because of the personal interaction that occurs when working with others, the level of professionalism, the idea that the work was collaborative (a plus for a people person like Sam!) and all were valued despite difference in age, gender or seniority. ⠀ ⠀ [1/2]
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Deconstructing TEDxUofT: @uoftmississauga 's Professor Ulrich Krull, @scigirlsash discussed nanochemistry, equity in STEM on March 10 @TEDxUofT #TEDxUofT2018 (Photo by Jenna Liao.) #UofT #womeninSTEM #PhDenomenalPhDemale
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Whats the difference between humans 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️and a simple worm 🐛 ? Well, if you were to look the the gene content, you might say, not much. The difference? A mere ten percent is the difference in size in terms of number of genes between your average C.elegans (a species of round worm) and your average human. Pretty crazy since I tend to think I'm a little more sophisticated than your average roundworm, but hey, what do I know. 😎🤔Well, my own opinions aside, there is science to explain this. Our genes = DNA. 👖 All the different genes collectively make up the genome. Each gene may make a protein and even, more than one protein depending on the scenario. And finally, the proteins are the do-ers, causing our muscles to move ⛹️‍♂️, our food to be broken down 🍕 , our blood to carry oxygen 🆎 and so much more. As such, there are approximately 19000 genes in C.elegans and 21000 in humans. DeoxyriboNucleic Acid (DNA) is made up of nucleotides (commonly called bases) that pair together such that we get the term 'base pair'. Each base pair is a 'wrung' on ladder of DNA. The reason humans are much more sophisticated is because on the number of base pairs and NOT the number of genes. 😨😨 C.elegans had about 100 million base pairs and your average human? About 3 billion! (Thank you Human Genome Project!) The massive amount of base pairs in our DNA is really what makes us humans quite complex. 👩🏻‍💻 Those hugggge numbers of base pairs? Well, a single gene can equal many different proteins with many different functions depending on what function is needed for what part of the body! See, I told you you were more sophisticated than a worm! & don't even get me started on the human proteome !
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Oh how I'm loving these afternoon spring rays of sunshine! A perfect ending to #postdaylightsavings Monday! Hope everyone had a gorgeous day ! #melaninandsunrays #phdenomenalphdemale #fitandfabulousphdiva #louisiana #louisianalagniappe #takeabreakoutside 🌞👩🏾‍🔬💕
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Happy International Womens Day!⠀ ⠀ Just like a 'scientist' can't be defined by a single term, neither is there a singular definition for the term 'woman'.⠀ ⠀ In the past year and a bit I have interviewed and told the stories of many amazing women in science, the PhDenomenal PhDemales. These conversation with them and many of you have showed me the amazing things that come from a diverse perspective in science and how we can all define our own unique term of what it means to be a woman. ⠀ ⠀ Together we've heard about science, the personal stories and the advice of the PhDenomenal PhDemales. They told us "challenge stereotypes", "take a leap of faith" and "pursue your dreams". While are all unique, there is one common thread : embrace all that is YOU.⠀ ⠀ These women are teaching me and encouraging me to be strong, even when I don't want to be. I'll tell you a brief story, this week I was asked to take part in a video, I took the clip and was about to send it off when I realized, my concealer wore off, my hair didn't look perfect and after my 10 hr day of teaching and being in the lab, for some reason I didn't look 'perfect' so I didn't send it. ⠀ I let the biases, the stereotypes and the desire to fit to a societal norm make me say 'no' when I wanted to say 'yes'. I missed out on an oppourtunity because of it, and I don't want it to happen again for myself, my friends, my students, my sisters or any female anywhere.⠀ Now today, @beyond.the.ivory.tower took this video of me and I'm happy to share it, because sharing science and talking to the next generation of scientists is so important to me!! ⠀ To me, #IWD means being able to 'no' and 'yes' whenever YOU (not anybody else!) want to. 👩🏼‍🔬👩🏽‍🔬👩🏾‍🔬👩🏿‍🔬👩🏻‍🔬
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The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. — Gloria Steinem • • • • • Happy International Women’s Day to all my ladies. Your greatest strength is your identity, and you’re lucky to identify with strength, courage, and commitment. Regardless of how you identify, though, you are still just a human. Luckily, that is true of all of us. Spread love, you will get it back in return. #SheAdventures
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34,918 complete Earthling genomes have been sequenced. • • That includes mitochondria, which, in case this comes as a surprise to you, do in fact have their own genome (and is one of the reasons we believe them to have once been free-living bacteria). • • That number reflects an explosion of knowledge about life on Earth. Maybe it’s for obvious reasons, but I’d argue the most knowledge gains have come from less obvious revelations (i.e., all of the functions we discovered belonging to DNA that doesn’t even encode genes). • • And, if you read my last post about the immune systems of bacteria as common as E. coli, you’ll know that even now we are mining this huge pile of data for new and incredible information. Until computers can do it on their own, we will indefinitely be doing so. • • So, clearly, DNA sequencing changed our approach to biology. It’s now the default method of information gain. But how did we get there? • • Surprise: it was a gift from bacteria 😉 • No, I’m serious. Thermophilic bacteria, from the hot springs of Yellowstone, gave us the only enzyme we could use in the lab to make enough DNA under the high temperatures needed to treat it for multiple rounds of priming and replication for sequencing. • These bacteria—Thermus aquaticus—will forever be the prime example of the extraordinary benefits of pure science. • Why? Because the individual who made the historical discovery had absolutely no intention of starting a corporate empire on the back of this molecular machine. The raw curiosity to study these organisms, though, opened up that door for someone else. And now, we have a new field of science (molecular biology, 2.0). • • So, standing on these hot spring fields in a frequented area of the Eastern Sierras, I can’t help but wonder: how many ground-breaking discoveries could I be standing on (falling into 😉)? And, if I said I was going to go study some soil bacteria in the mountains because I thought the communities they formed were beautifully complex, would I be challenged with the dreaded “what are the applications, though” question? Can we not simply study the unknown with the desire to know more? #SheAdventures
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