Monthly Archives: November 2013


You can snap your fingers. You can snap a photo, use it in windows 7 or snap a lock shut. To snap is a very useful verb. No wonder that some scientists (G. Oyler and colleagues) decided that SNAP would be a great acronym for synaptosomal-associated protein. SNAP was discovered in synaptosomes in 1989. Synaptosomes are […]

Advice for Listing Research Details on Your Resume

by Lauren, CEO of propel careers this post is reposted from the propel careers blog When you apply to a job, the details listed on your resume provide your “future employer” with information about the type of job you are looking for. The key words you include, the way you phrase your accomplishments and experiences, how […]


by Juliane This is a lamp, lamps come in lots of different sizes and shapes. Some of them are even shaped like this: The lysosome-associated membrane glycoprotein, Lamp to its friends, is part of the lysosome and therefore involved in digestion of foreign materials and autophagy. LAMP1 and 2 were first discovered in 1985, since […]

Effects of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer

by Juliane Effects of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer on outcomes in patients with bloodstream infection: randomized controlled trial. Published by Leibovici in the British Medical Journal BMJ in 2001. BMJ currently has an impact factor of 17.215. The title of this article sounds kind of strange, so let’s see if I have got this right: Remote […]

About being a scientist

by Francesca Seta Francesca used to be a BUMC postdoc, recently she got a position as assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at BUMC, where she researches the molecular and genetic mechanisms of arterial stiffness and how to cure and prevent it. She also wrote an interesting post for the postdoc blog, enjoy! About […]

Top ten tips to identify the companies you want to work for

by Lauren, CEO of propel careers this post is reposted from the propel careers blog. Numerous options exist to identify potential companies to work for, especially those companies that are innovative, but not (yet) well-known. Below is a top ten list of ways to uncover exciting and innovative companies relevant to your area(s) of interest. The […]

cookie monster

I am happy to report that Drosophila geneticists have not lost their sense of humor in the last 40 years. This paper from 2003 describes the cloning and characterization of a novel meiotic arrest gene, which they name cookie monster, “because the cells look like a whole bunch of cookie monster eyes”. Cookie monster is […]