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Aliyah Weinstein

Aliyah Weinstein is Addgene’s Marketing and Communications Manager. She has a research background in cancer immunology and is engaged in science writing and advocating for equity in STEM. Outside of science, Aliyah enjoys yoga, board games, and traveling. You can find Aliyah on Twitter @desabsurdites.

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Reagent Repositories Are Speeding up Science During the Pandemic

Posted by Aliyah Weinstein on Aug 4, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Scientists need fast access to the tools required to study SARS-CoV-2, but with many academic research labs closed during the pandemic, it’s hard to get these reagents. However, when reagents have been made available through a repository, they remain accessible during these times. Centralized reagent repositories, also known as biobanks, are crucial for the advancement of SARS-CoV-2 research because they provide rapid access to validated reagents, especially during a time when these materials may not be available from their original sources.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, Material Sharing, COVID-19

Genetically-encoded Sparse Cell Labeling - A SPARC of Innovation

Posted by Aliyah Weinstein on May 21, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Until recently, there were no completely genetic tools that would allow researchers to label just a fraction of a single genetically-defined subset of cells. By labeling fewer cells in a population, it’s easier to visualize individual/non-overlapping cells. While transgenic animals are commonly used to specifically manipulate a cell type of interest in an organism, all cells of that type are affected. Previous tools to overcome this restraint include an AAV-based sparse labeling system where a limiting amount of AAV are injected into the brain of Cre-expressing mice to trigger recombination and expression of a transgene (Lin et al., 2018). However, this system requires precise titration of the AAV. So far, tools to overcome this challenge in Drosophila require heat-shocking the system or using chemical inducers of gene expression (del Valle Rodríguez et al., 2011). 

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Topics: Fluorescent Proteins, Fluorescent Imaging

Scientific Sharing in the Time of COVID-19: Databases and Resources

Posted by Aliyah Weinstein on May 12, 2020 9:15:00 AM

As the world has battled the COVID-19 pandemic over the past few months, the scientific community has seen a shift towards prioritizing research into this disease. A key reason this research has been able to progress so rapidly is scientific sharing. Already we’ve seen articles about COVID-19 on preprint servers and in journals, and researchers have been making new materials like plasmids available to scientists around the world. To support this pace of research, new, centralized databases and centers to support the sharing of materials and data associated with COVID-19 research have rapidly been developed.

We asked the individuals behind some of these new platforms what their motivations were for developing these resources and why they value scientific sharing as the scientific community strives to understand COVID-19. While the specific motivations vary, everyone we spoke with sees sharing and collaboration as the best way that the scientific community can make progress towards understanding this disease.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, COVID-19

Fostering communication in remote collaborations

Posted by Aliyah Weinstein on Apr 21, 2020 9:14:28 AM

Science is a global endeavor, and that can often mean that scientists who live across the country or around the world from each other are collaborating on projects. When I was a graduate student, I led a collaborative project between my lab in Pennsylvania and a team in Paris, France. While efforts like these accelerate the progress of research, they can also present hurdles for the team of researchers involved. Communication is a major challenge when researchers are communicating across disciplines or doing different tasks. But these challenges can be exaggerated when communicating across time zones, digitally, and asynchronously. The best way to keep everyone on the same page is to make communication a non-negotiable part of your collaboration. Luckily, there are techniques and tools that helped make my experience run smoothly and can help other teams successfully overcome these challenges, too.

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Topics: Science Careers, Professional Development

#DeckTheLab and Win Prizes from Addgene

Posted by Aliyah Weinstein on Nov 26, 2019 8:52:50 AM

We’ve already had our first snow at Addgene HQ in Boston, and it’s gotten us all into the holiday spirit. Decorations have started to go up around the office and labs already, and we’ll keep decorating our space as winter and the holidays get closer.

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Topics: Fun at Addgene, Addgene News

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