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Rebecca Roberts

Bec is a molecular biologist and aspiring science communicator with a background in ecology and conservation genetics. Her main research interest is chemical ecology, particularly olfactory receptors. Originally from Australia, she now works as a postdoctoral researcher in Sweden where she studies the function and evolution of odorant receptors in several species of bark beetles, which are major pests of coniferous forests worldwide. She is passionate about teaching and women in STEM and loves demystifying science to the general public.

Articles by Rebecca Roberts:

A History of FBS: A Timeline of Cell Culture Media

Ever wonder why almost everyone uses FBS in cell-culture media? Read more on how FBS became such a powerhouse and see what the future may have in store for this ubiquitous reagent.

Scientists adding FBS to cell-culture petri dishes.
24 Aug 2020 Cell Culture

Under Pressure: How to Stay Sane in a Publish-Or-Perish World

Working in a lab can be stressful—experiments, grants, coursework …oh my! Here are some tips for staying sane when you feel like the pressure is driving you crazy.

Image of researcher at a desk first will full battery but quickly becoming stressed out and showing empty battery
10 Aug 2020 Survive and Thrive

The Tidy Lab: An In-Depth Guide 

Want to organize and tidy your lab? Read this detailed guide to a clutter-free and stress-free lab.

Cleaning supplies indicating the tidying and organizing process for the lab
09 Jun 2020 Organization and Productivity

Where To Get Your Perfect Cell Line 

There’s no need to shop till you drop. Our guide to where to get your next cell line from takes the stress out of cell line shopping.

A minature shopping trolly filled with mini fragile boxes, highlighting the delicate natures of purchasing cell lines
02 Jun 2020 Cells and Model Organisms

The Do’s and Dont’s of Choosing a Cell Line

There is an overwhelming selection of cell lines available, make sure you pick the right one for your work using our tips.

Hand picking coffee beans to show hwo you need to carefully pick a cell line
24 Mar 2020 Cells and Model Organisms

Talking When Terrified: Tips for a Nervous Presenter

When I was in school, I absolutely hated giving talks. I was a really nervous presenter, my heart would start beating faster, my face would go red, my hands would shake…even my voice would tremble! Since then I’ve made some big breakthroughs, and now I absolutely love giving talks and lectures. Here are my top…

13 Feb 2020 Basic Lab Skills and Know-how

What the HEK? A Beginner’s Guide to HEK293 Cells 

If you’re at all familiar with cell culture, you’ve probably heard of HEK293 cells. HEK293 are one of the most commonly used cell lines in laboratories across the globe. But what are they? Why should you use them? And what does the ‘293’ mean? Are HEK293T the same thing? Read on for answers to these…

14 Jan 2020 Cells and Model Organisms

How to Totally Nail Your First in situ Hybridization

It’s Monday morning and you’re about to start your first in situ hybridization (ISH). You glanced at the protocol on Friday and it seemed pretty easy. You just do a lot of washes and incubations, right? WRONG. ISH can be a nightmare. If you’re not well prepared, you’ll most likely be tearing your hair out…

19 Nov 2019 Microscopy and Imaging
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