Health & Physiology
Genetic determinants of thinness and obesity: cards of the same deck
Obesity is a major public health concern worldwide, with high prevalence paralleling an increasingly "obesogenic" environment that promotes a sedentary lifestyle and poor-quality food choices. However, even within this environment, some people are able to maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI, defined as weight... click to read more
A cup of green tea can solve many problems!
Green tea, like many other teas, is brewed from the dried leaves of the Cammelia sinensis bush. It originates from China, but nowadays it is grown and produced all over the world. Green tea is typically green, yellow or light brown in color, and its... click to read more
What can science tell us about mortality and survival in Game of Thrones?
Does it all come down to a roll of the dice, or are there important underlying factors that determine who wins and who dies when they play the game of thrones? Game of Thrones is a popular HBO television series that has captured the imagination of... click to read more
Recording cellular memories
Imagine trying to understand an unpredictable movie - such as the iconic Psycho - based only on a sequence of still images, or worse yet, a single image. Biologists currently face a very similar conundrum - we attempt to decipher dynamic processes occurring within cells... click to read more
Growing human retinal organoids to understand development of the human eye
Our laboratory is interested in how the cells that "see" color are made. There are three types of color-detecting cells that sense red, green, or blue light. We cannot study how these cells are made in developing human babies, so we take human stem cells... click to read more