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Lakshini Mendis

Lakshini Mendis received her PhD from the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland, where she studied lipid changes in the human brain in Alzheimer’s disease. She is currently working as a freelance science editor and writer, before pursuing a postdoc. She is also a strong advocate for women in STEM and is the co-editor-in-chief of the Scientista Foundation blog. Follow her musings on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn!

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Hot Tips for Creating a Scientific Special Interest Group at Your Institute

By Lakshini Mendis | June 22, 2018

Universities are often organized by faculties, colleges, schools, and/or departments. So, as an academic, you often work closely with colleagues studying similar subject areas. A common interest, however, often transcends the boundaries of this organizational structure. Enter scientific special interest groups. What Are Scientific Special Interest Groups? Scientific special interest groups are member-led initiatives within…

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The A to Z of Histological Stains

By Lakshini Mendis | September 6, 2017

From Alkaline phosphatase to Warthin-Starry, we take you through the various histology stains available.

Applying Your MALDI Matrix Like a Boss

Applying Your MALDI Matrix Like a Boss

By Lakshini Mendis | July 25, 2017

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (or simply, MALDI) is a type of mass spectrometry method. If you are new to mass spectrometry, check out our excellent primers, titled How Does Mass Spec Work and Get Out of Western Blot Hell: An intro to Mass Spec. Basically, however, mass spectrometry allows you to measure, sort, and quantify small…

A Quick Guide to Organizing Your First Academic Event

By Lakshini Mendis | June 14, 2017

Scientific meetings provide an opportunity to learn, network, and explore new ideas.  They are also an exciting break from the usual lab routine. Although organizing a Departmental or Institutional academic event takes up your research time, the experience helps develop leadership, project and budget management, and problem solving skills that will make your CV shine.…

Fine-Tune Your MALDI-TOF to Produce Good-looking Mass Spectra

Fine-Tune Your MALDI-TOF to Produce Good-looking Mass Spectra

By Lakshini Mendis | August 23, 2016

Mass Spec is all about getting the perfect peaks. Without a good peak assigning the correct mass is impossible and you cannot make accurate identifications. Make sure you know how to adjust your MALDI-TOF instrument parameters to achieve your perfect peak. In our previous posts ‘How does Mass Spec Work’ and ‘Imaging Mass Spectrometry: the…

Imaging Mass Spectrometry: The New(ish) Kid on the Block

Imaging Mass Spectrometry: The New(ish) Kid on the Block

By Lakshini Mendis | July 9, 2016

IMS is a rapidly advancing technique that nicely blends the best bits of mass spectrometry with microscopic imaging. Learn more about it and how it could be applied to your work.

How to Choose Your MALDI (Soul) Matrix

How to Choose Your MALDI (Soul) Matrix

By Lakshini Mendis | July 9, 2016

gif by Kronin Okay not talking about that kind of matrix. But the kind of matrix that is crucial for MALDI (Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization). I talked briefly about MALDI in my last article, Imaging Mass Spectrometry: The New(ish) Kid on the Block. Now I want to tell you more about MALDI, specifically the matrix.…

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