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Haaris Safdari

Haaris Ahsan Safdari is a graduate student working with Dr. Piotr Szwedziak at Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland. He uses multiscale approach, combining imaging across scales (single particle cryo-EM, X-ray protein crystallography and fluorescence light microscopy bridged by electron cryotomography) with biochemistry (in vitro reconstitutions) to understand the organisation and architecture of cells at the molecular level. In his master’s dissertation, he developed a sense of love for structural biology and enthusiasm to solve the structures of important macromolecular complexes and proteins. He loves to talk and read about structural biology. He is also the College volunteer of Biotech Express Magazine, a monthly Biotechnology news magazine of India. He loves to write articles and poetry. Apart from this, he spends time reading books and novels.

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A gymnast's hands covered in chalk holding a gymnastics bar to represent tips to prevent sweaty glove hands during lab work

Get a Grip: Dealing with Sweaty Glove Hands

By Haaris Safdari | May 20, 2021

Using gloves in the lab is necessary for safety but can result in the dreaded “sweaty glove hands”. Read our top tips on how to banish those sweaty palms for good (or for at least as long as it takes to do your experiment)!

Spinning Around: Tips and Tricks for Using Centrifugal Filters

Spinning Around: Tips and Tricks for Using Centrifugal Filters

By Haaris Safdari | November 26, 2019

One of the most widespread protein laboratory accessories are the MWCO (molecular weight cut-off) centrifugal filters which are commonly used for concentrating protein, as well as DNA. They are available commercially with different cut-offs including 3kDa, 30kDa, 50kDa, 100kDa, and so on. These little devices are expensive and hence demand proper usage and care to…


8 Tricks to Improve Your Negative Staining of Membrane Proteins

By Haaris Safdari | September 14, 2018

Negative staining of proteins is a versatile tool for structural biology. The sample preparation protocol is simple: the sample is embedded in a heavy metal stain that gives rise to increased specimen contrast. Thus, negative staining is a very convenient method to assess sample homogeneity, formation of macromolecular complexes, or quality of protein preparation. Conventional…

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