What is your current role? Tell us a bit about your line of research
I am currently a PhD Candidate in Nikolai Slavov’s Laboratory of Quantitative Biology at Northeastern University (Boston, MA, USA). In this role, I work on developing and applying single cell proteomics methods (SCoPE-MS/SCoPE2) that are based on mass spectrometry principles, allowing for the quantification of thousands of proteins across many single cells. With our high-throughput technology, we were able to confidently analyze >1000 single monocytes and macrophages, and discern the heterogeneous spectrum of macrophages. In addition, I am interested in exploring how ribosomes could be translational regulators rather than passive players of translation. The observations of differential protein stoichiometry of ribosomes across biological conditions, if linked to specific functions, gives credence to the model of ribosome specialization, in which different ribosomes can exert different functions.
What are you excited about in science communication?
I am excited about the capacity to rapidly disseminate scientific findings. Sharing experimental results and analysis with other scientists through a faster manner, such as preprints, can perhaps pave fruitful collaborations, potentially leading to acceleration of research productivity. A wider acceptance of preprints can also perhaps push journals to increase the speed of traditional publishing pipelines. Along with preprinting, I am strongly enthusiastic for open sharing of all aspects of scientific works, including code to analyze the results and the raw data. This kind of availability can make scientific discourse more transparent and start to address reproducibility issues. I am also excited about promoting scientific results to the lay public, as such public education can bring more transparency between scientists and the rest of the population.
Why did you choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program?
I chose to apply to the ASAPbio Fellows Program because I was interested in learning more about preprints and to understand what initiatives exist that push towards open sharing of scientific work. I also joined to meet and connect with others who are also enthusiastic about Open Science, and to become involved in working collaboratively towards transparent science communication. I aim to share the information that I learn from ASAPbio with my institution’s Communication Lab, an organization devoted to graduate student scientific writing (in which I am also a Fellow), and others in my network.
Ask me about…
… anything, from ribosomes, open science, and proteomics to tennis, gołabki, and baking bread!