Hello. I love DNA and molecular genetics. This is my first blog so please be patient while I work out the kinks.
I’m not a good bench scientist – or cook. I’m the one who would spill phenol (yep, on a Sat night) or set my hair on fire (did that too). I think the scientific world breathed a collective sigh of relief when I hung up my labcoat.
Now, I spend my time teaching in academia and the ‘real world’. I explain genetics & biological mechanisms to medical students but most of my time is spent with other audiences. I run an outreach program to help people understand the concepts but also to get excited about science. My purpose is not to make others think like me but I want us to have the same starting point for discussion (mutation means X, theory means Y, etc.). When I create new activities, I want the participant to explore and think about the ideas, not just find the right answer. I believe that science is a process not a test of memorization.
I’ve started this blog to continue the goals of communication, popularization and education of science (as BoraZ so nicely described here).
My name is Catherine Anderson and I finished my PhD in 2002. I studied epigenetic marks on the inactive X chromosome. For my PostDoc, I looked at connections between confined placenta mosaicism and pre-eclampsia. I have recently been studying pedometers in the classroom and aspects of online discussion in medical school.
Please comment on this blog or email me at anderson [at] genegeek [dot] ca. You can also follow me on twitter: @genegeek.
One more thing: The opinions on this blog are mine and do not represent the views or opinions of my employers or collaborators.