Writing a PhD thesis

By Sathya Muralidhar At the heart of the MELGEN consortium are the PhD students, who have been conducting melanoma research, as part of their PhD. There are many facets to a pursuing a PhD degree, conducting research actually being only one of many. For instance, sharing the findings fromRead More

Vitamin D and melanoma

By Sathya Muralidhar, University of Leeds Is vitamin D- the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, linked to melanoma? My research shows that vitamin D and its ‘partner’- Vitamin D Receptor (VDR for short) are both involved in melanoma growth and response of the immune system. Using genomic data (DNA-level information) from melanomaRead More

The Curious Case of the Ghost Blot- Halloween edition

The dark room was extra eerie that Friday evening. It was late and most of the lab members had left for the weekend. Neither the sharp tang of developing fluid nor the noisy whirring of the Imaging machine offered much in terms of company. But company was the lastRead More

Dat(a)s The Spirit! Managing data for Melanoma research

Pop quiz! What do the following items have in common? 2,120 Playstation 4 consoles 33,125 iPhones (32GB) 21 million mp3 music files And the answer is – 1060000000000000 bytes of data. That’s 1.06 petabytes-which is an awful lot of information! Interestingly, this also happens to be the amount ofRead More