The Ubongo Campaign

Ubongo What does that mean to you? This word of three syllables What do you do when you spend a whole day with amazing people? You capture it in a container of neurons, to recall and re-live. On the 18th March 2017, the Ubongo (uw-bon-go) campaign took place on the Chiromo (chey-row-mo) campus at the…

Counting is the easy part

one. two. three. Counting is the easy part, and it is important because it helps categorize the processes in our lives. First I will do ‘X’, then ‘Y’ will follow and I will end with ‘Z’. Sometimes you need to think several steps ahead when you are undertaking a task, and when you don’t think…

To research, or not to research: that is the question

I know where I want to go, I don’t know how I’ll get there and this doesn’t scare me anymore. Last year. I was distraught. I did not know whether I want to do medicine or research. I was at a fork in my road and I did not know what I wanted. I remember…

The stories we tell

This was primarily published on https://whythebrainmatters.wordpress.com The kingfisher tale is a tale of love, separation and reunion. It starts with Halcyon. In the land of the Greeks, the myth was initiated[1]. Halcyon a goddess and ruler of the wind was married to a mortal king Ceyx of Tachis. Their love for one another was known. However, one day,…

The connectome and I

This was primarily published on https://whythebrainmatters.wordpress.com As an amateur in the field of connectomics, I would like to share my thoughts on this topic and I am sorry to say, it is quite grey. Firstly, why the connectome? In our long age challenge to understand our brain, the connectome project is one method of trying to fathoming the…

Posters and flies

“Hello! Would you like to know about neuroscience in Africa?” I excitedly started my poster presentation during the first National neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience Conference at the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience. This was my first time to compile and present a poster by myself, with no support from anyone else. And, I took on this challenge. When I first…

JAK-STAT pathway: hacking protein regulation

So the JAK-STAT pathway, as with all pathways, have different functional effects. It is associated with cancer, immunodeficiency, growth retardation and many more. different ligands induce the phosphorylation of different STAT residues. This increases provides a regulatory mechanism on the downstream signals. It is fascinating to see the different ways in which cells regulates proteins….

Guest blog: Unresolved Mysteries

The human body is not just cells put together forming a shape! After all we are the universe expressing itself as humans. Thus there are so many mysteries yet to be solved. You see the human body is a complex mesh of organs, tissues, processes, connections all working in harmony to make us, to allow…

Get rid of background noise!

Sir Tim Hunt explained the complexity that arises in biological organisms in the most eloquent ways. His statement was based on the evolution of species. The previous basic pathways used to perform the task is ‘replaced’ efficient pathways of performing specific tasks. The basic task is actually not replaced, it is just not used, it fades…

Zebrafish heart regeneration

Zebrafish are model organism used in Biomedical Science. One of the used is to observe how the cellular and molecular processes influence their regeneration. An interesting thing is that the fin can regenerate. Epithelial cells are the first type of cells to cover the wound and then other cells differentiate into the fin structures. It…

Drosophila heart development

The drosophila (fly) had been, and still is, an important model organism in science. There are developmental similarities between drosophila and vertebrate heart development. From lineage tracing and genetic testing, there are homologues to the drosophila gene found in the human genome responsible for heart development. Since it is relatively easy to view and manage…