Welcome to my blog, ImmuNews!

Hi friends,


Thanks for checking out my new blog, ImmuNews, which is all about immunology, science, and whatever else I feel like writing about! 


I've been wanting to start a blog for a while now, and more recently I've been thinking about what I should write about. I decided to start with my immunology journal club, called RTP. Don't ask me what RTP stands for, nobody knows...


In grad school, journal clubs are a place where students can stretch their boundaries of knowledge and delve into an area that is slightly out of their comfort zone. It's easy for us to get caught up in our own research and lose sight of new discoveries being made within the entire field of immunology (or other disciplines). Regularly attending RTP keeps me refreshed on what else is happening in immunology. I want to start my blog with some of the articles that were presented this year in RTP, and that way you can keep up to date with me.


Here's a little bit about me. I'm a third year Ph.D. student in the Immunology Graduate Program at the University of Calgary. I study the monocyte, which is one type of immune cell, and what their role is during a Staphylococcus aureus skin infection. My supervisor is Dr. Paul Kubes, and in our lab, we use powerful microscopes to visualize the immune system in real time, through a technique called intravital microscopy (IVM). I'll write more on IVM later.


When I'm not in the lab, I love to play music. I have played violin and viola for over 20 years and I'm an active musician in and around Calgary. I also enjoy going to the Rocky Mountains to ski in the winter and hike in the summer. 


My wish is that after you read one of my blogs, you'll learn something new. Then, I encourage you to share the story with your friends and family, because science needs to be communicated to everyone.