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Charlene Lancaster, PhD

Charlene Lancaster, PhD

Charlene earned her MSc and PhD in cell biology from the University of Toronto, where she studied how vitamins increase bone formation in osteoblast cell culture and how macrophages resolve phagosomes. She joined The Scientist’s Creative Services team in 2023 as an assistant science editor.

Articles by Charlene Lancaster, PhD
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Illuminating Specimens Through Live Cell Imaging
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Mar 14, 2024 | 8 min read
Live cell imaging is a powerful microscopy technique employed by scientists to monitor molecular processes and cellular behavior in real time.
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Synthetic Circuits Reveal the Key to Rewinding the Cellular Clock
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Mar 12, 2024 | 4 min read
Using a circuit-based system, scientists determined the ideal transcription factor levels to promote the successful reprogramming of fibroblasts into induced pluripotent stem cells.
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Tracking Community Health Through Wastewater Surveillance
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Feb 1, 2024 | 8 min read
By monitoring disease biomarkers within wastewater, researchers gain insight into disease prevalence within communities.
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Newly Developed mRNA Vaccine Protects Against Lyme Disease
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Nov 13, 2023 | 5 min read
Leveraging the same mRNA platform used for COVID-19 vaccines, researchers generated a vaccine that prevents mice from acquiring Lyme disease.
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Spectral Flow Cytometry: Separating the Fluorophore Rainbow
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Oct 24, 2023 | 3 min read
Spectral flow cytometry separates similarly emitting fluorophores and enabled Kaitlyn Sadtler to construct a 24-color rat panel for immunological analyses.
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Myo-inositol in Human Breast Milk Improves Brain Connectivity
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Oct 16, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers find that the sugar myo-inositol is abundant early in lactation and increases synapse size and abundance in the developing brain.
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Poor Cancer Prognosis Associated with a Transcriptional Signature
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Sep 11, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers connect a tumor’s leading edge transcriptional profile to poor survival outcomes across cancer types. 
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Glycogen Metabolism May Play a Key Role in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Sep 11, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers discover that glycogen and N-linked glycans accumulate in fibrotic regions of the lung and may be important for therapy development.
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Death by Stem Cell: Developing New Cancer Therapies
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Jul 24, 2023 | 3 min read
Khalid Shah engineers stem cells to deliver cancer therapeutics directly to tumors, thereby increasing their efficacy.
Chiara Zurzolo and Ranabir Chakraborty stand next to a computer monitor displaying a microscopy image
Microglia Rescue Aggregate-Burdened Neurons
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Jun 12, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers discover that neurons trade protein aggregates for microglial-derived mitochondria through tunneling nanotubes. 
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