The Heroin Epidemic

Hi everyone Joseph here, Today I wanted to address the heroin epidemic after the recent events in Ohio addressing the morality of reducing dispatch to chronic heroin overdose users, as well as look at a few mechanisms of action by which heroin acts on the body. Heroin's rising abuse in the US is my impetus …

Finding Waldo: A Systematic Approach to Isolating and Identifying Bacteria

By: Joseph Maa Date: 6/5/2017 Hi everyone, Joseph here: Today I wanted to talk about something near and dear to my heart: finding and isolating bacteria. Now, the process of isolating single pure colonies (all the same species) of bacteria is important for a couple reasons. For one, having a lot of colonies is amenable to …

Fake Nuclei, Microbial Communities, and Graduate School: A Conversation with Gordon Pherribo (Taga Lab)

By: Joseph Maa I've recently had the opportunity to sit down with Gordon Pherribo, a current graduate student in the Taga Lab at Berkeley studying vitamin B12 in bacterial communities.[1] Throughout history, bacterial communities have constantly been scrutinized under researchers' microscopes, but as microscope resolution has improved, researchers increasingly are only limited by their technical knowledge and the …