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Danielle Gerhard, PhD

Danielle earned her PhD in psychology and behavioral neuroscience from Yale University and held a postdoctoral research position in neuroscience and psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. During her graduate and postgraduate training she examined cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying stress and depression. In April 2023, Danielle joined The Scientist’s Editorial Team as an Assistant Editor and she is based in the UK.

Articles by Danielle Gerhard, PhD
Row of cows being milked in a dairy farm.
Deciphering the Unusual Pattern of Bird Flu Symptoms in Cows
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | May 15, 2024 | 6 min read
The distribution of flu virus receptors in cow mammary glands helps explain the high H5N1 viral loads in milk, but it also raises concerns about risks to human health.
Cartoon of a turtle inside of an ice cube.
The First Turtle Organoids
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | May 13, 2024 | 5 min read
Herpetology meets hepatology as scientists develop new tools for exploring how turtles survive freezing, oxygen-poor environments.
Red cells encased in cyan webbing. 
Fetal Organoids Generated From Human Amniotic Fluid
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | May 3, 2024 | 6 min read
A minimally invasive strategy for creating fetal organoids could facilitate precision medicine in the womb.
Conceptual illustration of personalized medicine with medical icons next to a human face.
The Largest Whole-genome Sequencing Study in Cancer 
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Apr 17, 2024 | 7 min read
Comprehensive genome sequencing of 13,880 tumors revealed somatic and germline mutations that could influence patient treatment and prognosis.
Colorful 3D model of the cone-shaped HIV-1 capsid core on a black background.
HIV Engages in Mimicry to Enter the Nucleus
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Apr 16, 2024 | 5 min read
To enter the nucleus, the HIV-1 virus acts like a transport receptor, which presents new targets for antiviral therapies.
Grey cloud of smoke on a black background.
After the Smoke Clears: Scars on the Immune System 
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Apr 15, 2024 | 6 min read
Smoking leaves epigenetic marks on DNA long after cessation, with consequences for adaptive immunity.
Colorful assortment of genes in a glass jar and hands entering the picture presenting different numerical guesses.
How Many Genes Are in the Human Genome?
Danielle Gerhard, PhD and Niki Spahich, PhD | Apr 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Twenty-one years after the Human Genome Project, scientists still debate how many genes humans have.
Different colored cartoon viruses entering holes in a cartoon of a human brain.
A Journey Into the Brain
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Mar 22, 2024 | 10+ min read
With the help of directed evolution, scientists inch closer to developing viral vectors that can cross the human blood-brain barrier to deliver gene therapy.
Infographic: Understanding CAR-T vs TCR Approaches
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 3 min read
Living drugs get a boost from emerging engineering strategies that focus on safety and specificity.
3D Rendering of Molecular Interaction in CAR Chimeric Antigen Receptor
Next-generation CAR and TCR Cancer Therapies
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 10+ min read
From smart receptors to novel biologics, scientists plan to overcome the challenges of treating solid tumors.