Masterclass in genetics over – Thanks to Anna Wronski

We’d like to say a big thank-you to Dr Anna Wronski for her time on @RealScientists this week. For those who haven’t yet read her Intro post, Anna is a postdoctoral researcher at Tufts University in Boston, MA and studies the genetics of breast cancer. And in addition, as of this week, she also blogs at ‘Mostly Science’.

Anna started her week by explaining her background and scientific loves, interspersed with some photographs of amazing food. She then spent time explaining a number of areas of her work, with stunning microscope photographs and details on breast cancer rates and pathology. She also discussed her experiences with looking for science blogs and the problems of trying to find like-minded science-communicators.

This then led to a great defense by the followers of @RealScientists where they proved that while some blogs might be hard to find, that doesn’t stop their owners coming to find you! It’s the first time ever  I’ve known someone accidentally build an index of open science blogs. Following this, Anna then spent the middle of the week teaching us all how to run a PCR and how to culture cells . She brilliantly aimed both at a wide audience so anyone can understand the techniques. I strongly urge you all to go read the excellent storifiys, which collect the tweets together.

In addition to these specific master classes in complex-biology practices, Anna also shared some amazing photographs from her current work and her PhD.

Finally throughout her time on the twitter account, Anna has kept the tweet rate high (~200 per day) by diligently answering hundreds of questions from followers around the globe. Topics ranged from PCR technique suggestions to burger recipes.

So again thank-you to Dr Anna Wronski and her great work on the @RealScientists twitter account. If you want to read any of what was covered this week then you can look through all of her tweets in part 1 and part 2 of the storify.

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About Matthew (@MCeeP)

I have worked in science now for about 8 years since graduating from Lancaster University. The first 4.5 years of my career were spent at a little company called Mediwatch Biomedical helping to develop a prostate cancer test. It was while working at Mediwatch that I published my first paper and my first patent! Following mediwatch I spent an very enjoyable half a year working as a consultant for a small research company (Leksing) and a very talented artist called Jane Edden who was working on a project with Kew Gardens and their Economic Botany collection. The remaining 3 years have been spent working on my PhD at Cranfield University (which I have now finished) where I developed a range of novel fibre optic based sensors under the supervision of the Department of Engineering Photonics."

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