Rob Denton

Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

Get to Know a (Former) Grad Student: Dr. Ana Jimenez

With this post, I’m continuing the “Get to Know a Grad Student” series, an effort to showcase the lives of real scientists. After interviewing a few graduate students, I thought it would be nice to hear from someone who has crossed the PhD boundary into the wild blue yonder.  Dr. Ana Jimenez is a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Joe Williams’ lab here in the Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Department at Ohio State. Ana has been my teacher and biggest supporter in the impossible task of getting salamander cells to grow in the lab. She is also my designated dog […]

Live slow and die old: why are we studying salamander cells?

The following post was written as part of a practice exercise for the Scifund Outreach Class. But it isn’t doing any good hidden away, so here you go:A few years ago, Ligers were all the rage. You remember Ligers don’t you? Here is a Liger looking right at you Ligers, of course, are the result of a mating between a lion and a tiger. I predict that the reason a hybrid animal like a Liger is so captivating to you and me is that it causes the imagination to run wild. You can’t help but think of wild combination of […]

Get to Know a Grad Student: Kyle Weichert

Kyle contemplating science with field assistant The second installation of the Get to Know a Grad Student series is Kyle Weichert. Kyle is a Master of Science student at California Polytechnic State University in Dr. Emily Taylor‘s lab. I’ve never met Kyle in person, but have talked to several reliable sources that say he’s a swell guy. Good enough for me, and lucky you for getting to hear his point of view.Here is what Kyle thinks about being a grad student: What research do you do? Scientific and non-scientist versions, please. I am studying the physiological factors that affect the Western […]