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Farida Khan

Farida gained a PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Illinois.

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Image of fireflys in a forest as the enzyme used in the luciferase reporter assay comes from fireflys

The Luciferase Reporter Assay: How it Works

By Farida Khan | September 22, 2021

Discover how the luciferase reporter assay works and how to get starting using it in your research.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Farida Khan | May 2, 2012

The recent Easter holiday got me thinking again about the ultimate question……whether or not to go in to the lab! I have asked myself this question many times around national and religious holidays and I have come up with a list of the top 5 reasons why going to lab during these times is a…

A Tale of Two Lab Meetings

A Tale of Two Lab Meetings

By Farida Khan | March 30, 2012

It’s common practice in many laboratories to hold weekly lab meetings, where all members of the lab discuss their exciting new results, experimental pitfalls, new papers published in their field, etc. For the last several years, our lab meetings have been very formal. By formal, I mean that whoever is presenting that day prepares a…

The Changing Face of the Graduate Student

The Changing Face of the Graduate Student

By Farida Khan | March 14, 2012

As many of you may already be aware, one of the defining characteristics of a graduate student is his/her innate ability to locate free food. I, too, possess such clairvoyant abilities. Often, munching on free food comes under the guise of conversing with a guest speaker visiting the department. Lately, I’ve noticed a general trend…

How To Keep Your Mammalian Cells Happy And Healthy

How To Keep Your Mammalian Cells Happy And Healthy

By Farida Khan | February 3, 2012

There’s more to mammalian cell culture than just making sure that your cells don’t die. It is a lot like taking care of children. You have to feed them, make sure that they’re growing well, and keep them under constant supervision.  If the cells are put through extreme conditions (over-confluency, media-deprivation, inaccurate temps, etc.), their…

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