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Leila Haery

Leila Haery is a Research Scientist at Addgene and is interested in science education.

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Bringing Sustainable Practices to the Lab: Easy Action Items

Posted by Leila Haery on Apr 22, 2019 8:26:49 AM

This is the last post in a blog series on sustainable practices in the lab, where I’ll list some easy but effective habits you can incorporate to reduce your lab consumption and increase your lab sustainability. For my other posts on lab sustainability, check out my Recycling and Innovations posts.

Making small changes in your daily habits can feel ineffective or unimportant. With so many big contributors to the sustainability problem, how can one little change make a difference? Individual changes to our behavior can lead to cultural shifts that can have bigger impacts. For example, if you joined an office where everyone used a mug or reusable water bottle, you’d probably bring in a mug or reusable water bottle instead of buying yourself a big stack of plastic cups. By initiating little changes in ourselves, we can both influence others to change their behavior and we become more aware of our own consumption.

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Topics: Lab Tips

New and Upcoming Viral Vectors - Spring 2019

Posted by Leila Haery on Mar 26, 2019 9:40:05 AM

Since the beginning of our viral service in 2016, we’ve added many new tools to our inventory of ready-to-use viral vectors. Here are some of the AAV we have released so far in 2019. You can also browse our entire AAV inventory!

Our new AAVs include:

  • pGP-AAV-syn-FLEX-jGCaMP7b-WPRE
  • pAAV.hSyn-FLEX.iGABASnFR
  • pAAV.hSyn-FLEX.iGABASnFR.F102G
  • pAAV-Syn-Archon1-KGC-GFP-ER2
  • pAAV-Syn-FLEX-rc [Archon1-KGC-GFP-ER2]
  • pAAV-FLEX-tdTomato
  • pAAV-GFAP104-mCherry
  • pAAV-mDlx-NLS-mRuby2
  • CAG-NLS-GFP
  • pAAV-hSyn-mCherry
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Topics: Viral Vectors

Bringing Sustainable Practices to the Lab: Innovations

Posted by Leila Haery on Mar 7, 2019 9:39:12 AM

New ideas and approaches are encouraged in science. It isn’t surprising that new ideas are also popping up in how we manage lab waste. This is the second in a series of posts on bringing sustainable practices in the lab. The first post focused on streaming some lab waste for recycling- a process that’s integrated into waste management in our day-to-day lives, but not as well-integrated into our lab lives.

Read on to learn about some creative approaches to lab sustainability, and find ways to further reduce our consumption beyond recycling.

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Topics: Lab Tips

Bringing Sustainable Practices to the Lab: Recycling

Posted by Leila Haery on Feb 14, 2019 9:35:43 AM

Anyone who works in a lab is familiar with the alarming amount of waste that is generated. This is a systemic problem that we need to address, but is often ignored in the lab environment.

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Topics: Lab Tips

Rabies and Neuronal Tracing

Posted by Leila Haery on May 29, 2018 9:51:06 AM

Why study neural connectivity?

One of the early lessons many of us learned in biology is that the body’s architecture and plumbing are important. We started with learning the head is connected to the neck. Shortly after, we learned about organs and the jobs they perform. This became foundational later on when we studied biological processes, like how our stem cells are housed in specific locations and give rise to progenitors during growth and development or that blood flows through the heart and lungs and oxygenates the body. However, in neuroscience, this architecture is frequently still an open question. The connections between neurons are what define how the brain operates, and thus, are a major part of the answer to many biological questions about the brain. To address this, molecular tools to map neuronal connectivity are widely used in neuroscience. In this post, I’ll describe how rabies virus (RABV) can be used in the brain to visualize how neurons are connected.

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Topics: Viral Vectors

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