Christina-Lebonville-88

Christina is a fourth year PhD student in the Behavioral & Integrative Neuroscience program of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She loves brains and is particularly interested in how our immune function can be changed as a result of Pavlovian conditioning, a form of learning. She studies the neural mechanisms that cause this phenomenon - using tools like DREADDs, siRNA, RT-qPCR, conditioned place preference, nitrate/nitrite assays, ELISAs, IHC and ISH. In her sparse free time, she loves doing science outreach, hiking, video games, and watching movies with her husband, cat, and dog.

Articles by Christina-Lebonville-88:

Quantifying & Assessing RNA: TE or not TE?

Red Pill or Blue? Carrying out science often involves many difficult decisions! I see it all the time in RNA protocols – the “gracious” option of using purified water or Tris-EDTA (TE) buffer to dissolve (or elute, if you are using column purification) RNA. When I was trained in assessing RNA using UV spectrophotometry, graduate…

10 Apr 2017 DNA / RNA Manipulation and Analysis

Reaching Out – How to Get Started in Science Outreach

Science outreach is a great way to energize yourself to work better at the bench. If you are curious about doing outreach and want to know how to get the ball rolling, I can suggest places to look for people and events to connect with. Like a knitted sweater, you only have to find one…

05 Dec 2016 Science Communication & Ethics

Reframing – A Way to Cope With Stress in Graduate School

I’m an anxiety-ridden stress ball 90% of the time. Graduate school only amplifies my nervous energy, and it’s a struggle. However, recently, while I rushed to catch a bus, I had a life altering experience using a mental technique called “reframing” From “Flipping Out” to Flipping the Switch to “Cool” It rained heavily. I balanced…

24 Aug 2016 Personal Development

RNA-seq: The Challenges to Diving Right In

It’s the hot new technique. With a single procedure, you can get information about all RNA transcripts at once! It sounds like a dream. While RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) has opened the door to exciting new questions, scientists interested in pursuing this technique should be aware of the roadblocks ahead of them. While RNA-seq can be…

02 Aug 2016 Genomics & Epigenetics

SPUD’s Your Bud When it Comes to Sensitive qPCR

There’s piloting a brand new technique for the first time. Then, there’s jumping through hoops trying to get an established lab technique to work. The former, in contrast to the latter, is expected to be fraught with hardships. Yet troubleshooting an old lab technique that isn’t working anymore, is frustrating at a whole new level.…

21 Jul 2016 PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR

Five Ways Science Outreach Can Benefit Your Benchwork!

You’ve had a rough day at the bench, putting in long, grueling hours with no pay-off. Your fantasy of running away to join the circus starts sounding rational. The last thing on your mind is to add to your already overloaded schedule. Yet as crazy as it sounds, participating in science outreach really improved my…

09 Jul 2016 Career Development & Networking&Personal Development