Natacha Agabalyan

Natacha Agabalyan has written 66 posts for The Science Informant

A couple of close to home TED-Ed talks

An inspired young student, Sarthak Sinha, has been part of my current lab for far longer than I have and he’s only 19. Working on a variety of different projects with many of us and as keen as you can get, Sarthak is now off studying for his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. But … Continue reading

Stem Cell Shorts

Having completed my PhD in October 2013 (yay!), I have since moved to Calgary (Canada) to embark on the first postdoc of my academic career. My research is focused on improving skin grafting f0r severe burns patients, through the use of adult stem cells found in the hair follicle. The project is really exciting, as multidisciplinary … Continue reading

When enough is enough

I recently wrote this piece for the Nature Careers Columnist Competition – unfortunately I didn’t quite make the cut so here’s the would-be column – enjoy! As research scientists, we are constantly faced with the same daunting question: do I have enough data? In the midst of gathering three long years of data to start writing … Continue reading

Brighton Science Festival: Sexy Science review

The Science of Sex: Saturday 9th February, Brighton Science Festival Saturday 9th February was a day dedicated to a grown-ups sex-ed class. Featuring a hugely varied array of speakers, it was Something of a mixed-bag: Dr Malcolm Vandenburg enthusiastically got the day off stories from the ‘clap clinic’ – an impressive tale of firsthand experience … Continue reading

Zombie Science – Worst Case Scenario review: Brighton-Sci Fest

Brighton Science Festival: Sunday 10 February Think the living dead, and you think gore-filled video nasties. Brighton Sci-Fest’s headlining event, Zombie Science – Worst Case Scenario, is none of this and is decidedly family friendly! Theoretical ‘Zombiologist’ Doctor Austin gives audiences a layman’s essential guide: how to deal with a zombie outbreak. A tongue-in-cheek performance, Dr … Continue reading

The Science of Weird Tasting Food

For Issue 10 of Guru Magazine,I have calved into the weird and wonderful world of food flavourings! Be warned – odd colours and combinations to be revealed! Click on the image of the article for a full-screen view! __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This article was written for digital science magazine Guru Magazine, for which I am currently Food Guru. Guru … Continue reading

Top Ten Christmas Gifts I can’t live without

For Issue 9 of Guru Magazine,I scoured the internet for the best geeky Christmas presents! I either own or really really want all of these items! It’s a bit late posting it – but then maybe some can be used as Valentine’s gifts! Enjoy! Click on the image of the article for a full-screen view! … Continue reading

Chew it over

For Issue 8 of Guru Magazine,we find out all there is to know about gum! How it’s made, where it came from and the different between chewing gum and bubble gum We also find out how the industry is working on a new biodegradable gum and a great recipe to try at home! Click on … Continue reading

TED-Ed – Calculating The Odds of Intelligent Alien Life

How to present an infinitesimally complicated concept in one amazingly simple video. Watch and learn.

Music to my ears

Good music is a very subjective thing. Shuddering at the black metal riffs my boyfriend covets so much, this is highlighted to me on a daily basis. But one part of music which shouldn’t be up for debate is tone. Notes are laid out in military fashion, reasoned with mathematical precision and converted to exact … Continue reading

About me

Natacha is a research scientist and a lover of all things science! She love finding out interesting facts about all aspects of life, whether it’s how genetic engineering works or what the difference between crimped and straight hair is. There’s a bit of science behind every mystery and the Science Informant will help find the clues for everyone to enjoy and understand the amazing world of science!

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