Kristen Haberthur

Kristen Haberthur has a Ph.D. in Viral Immunology from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer immunology (Crane Lab) at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She thinks that science is pretty awesome, and loves talking about it with whomever will listen, especially when the topic leans toward immunology and disease. Kristen currently channels that passion through freelance science writing, writing and editing for Bitesize Bio, and teaching in the Great Pacific Northwest.

Articles by Kristen Haberthur:

Decisions, Decisions: How to Choose the Best qPCR Probe for Your Experiment

Before we go any further, we have to get some things straightened out: RT-PCR versus qPCR versus RT-qPCR. Sooo confusing, amirite?? They all refer to specific molecular biology assays, but the names are unfortunately used interchangeably, which can be awfully confusing for just about anyone. So without further ado: RT-PCR is short for reverse-transcriptase PCR,…

17 Oct 2017 PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR

20 Telling Signs You’re a Scientist

According to Bill Nye, “Science rules!” – and I think most of us would agree. We are learning more and more about the world around us each day, as well as about ourselves. But is there a difference between a Science Fan, and a Scientist? Everyone has their own parameters, but below are some that…

28 Aug 2017 Career Development & Networking

Brefeldin A v Monensin: How to Hunt for Proteins

As any good biologist knows, one of the easiest ways to determine if a cell is functionally active is the production and secretion of proteins in response to a stimulus. In many circumstances, the quantity of the secreted protein, and thus the level of cellular activation can be assessed by ELISA. However, if you are…

11 Jul 2017 Protein Expression & Analysis

Genetic Notation: Crack the Code!

Pop Quiz Time: You get a new bacterial strain from a culture collection, but you’re not quite sure what the genetic notation (i.e., all the letters and symbols) means. Do you: A. Cry? B. Ask around to see what your lab mates think? C. Cross your fingers that your friends at Bitesize Bio can help…

26 Jun 2017 Basic Lab Skills & Know-how&Soft Skills & Tools

Sheath Pressure: Nozzle Size Does Matter

Hello again, fellow Flow Cytometry Fan! It looks like you have your experiment all planned out, including staining protocols and gating schemes, and are ready to get some paradigm-shifting data. But before we start “plugging-and-chugging” samples through your cytometer of choice, we need to make sure that the nozzle size and sheath pressure are set…

13 Jun 2017 Flow Cytometry
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