Popular Science: A bridge linking us to the outer world

Scientists are known to be hard working professionals, but if we ask a lawyer or a teacher what we do exactly, most likely they will not be able to answer. The presence of scientific news is frequent in our daily lives, and still we live in a time whenRead More

GenoMEL meeting 2018 in Essen

Essen, one of the biggest city in the Ruhrgebiet, was the protagonist of the annual GenoMEL meeting this year. The Ruhrgebiet is an urban region in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that is formed of more than 50 cities and over 5 million people. The University Hospital of Essen has becomeRead More

MELGEN – A Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network

In our last post, we would like to acknowledge the reason for the existence of our fellowship and hence remind our readers of some of Marie Curie’s contribution in the hope to find inspiration for science. Marie Curie embodies the paradigm of what can be achieved when there’s genuineRead More

Uveal Melanoma

Definitions The uvea is the pigmented middle layer of three concentric layers which form the eyeball. The uvea encompasses three main parts: The iris, as coloured part of the eye, surrounds the pupil. The choroid, which is a thin pigmented layer that covers the eyeball. It provides the frontRead More

We can make a difference!

World Cancer Day February 4th is the day when people all around the world stand together in the fight against cancer. World Cancer Day is raising awareness against cancer with one goal: save lives by providing education about this life-threatening disease and highlight the importance of prevention. It alsoRead More

Networking – go on, introduce yourself, don’t be a stranger!

Imagine if you were a biologist and, First scenario: you walk into a room full of theoretical physicists talking about dark matter, gravitational waves etc. Second scenario: you walk into a room full of biologists discussing about CRISPR, chromatin organisation etc. From your perspective, in which of the twoRead More

A Native Scientist workshop: How I explained skin cancer to kids

To explain my research to school pupils, I aimed at simplifying the notion of ‘cancer’, how it can invade and metastasize. I focused on skin cancer and to better illustrate it, I built a set of three interactive schemes mimicking the different skin cell types and how they canRead More

Running for a good cause

The Chariots of Fire is an annual relay race for charity held in Cambridge. It follows the famous path taken in the movie of the same name which tells the story of Harold Abrahams, a Cambridge runner, and his bid to win a gold medal in the 1924 Olympics. Fellow MELGENRead More

Outreaching epigenetics in melanoma at University of Helsinki

It was a great pleasure for me to represent MELGEN ESRs at the in Helsinki this year. This is an organized series arranged by the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG’s joint EU-LIFE) to bridge clinical and basic/translational research. It also aims to provide examples of howRead More