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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
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A Double Lock Gates Calcium Signaling
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Nov 13, 2023 | 6 min read
Recent studies settle a debate over how the second messenger NAADP, with no known binding site, evokes calcium release from ion channels. 
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Why Do Fingers Prune?
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Nov 1, 2023 | 2 min read
After a long soak in the tub, fingers emerge looking like raisins. The real reason for this curious phenomenon lies under the skin.
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Bacterial Time Capsules May Inform Future Medicines
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Nov 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Historical samples of bloodstream infections hold secrets to Escherichia coli’s evolutionary history and the emergence of virulent clones.
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Macrophages Curtail Tuberculosis
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Nov 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Two autophagy genes work together to stop Mycobacterium tuberculosis dead in its tracks.
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Nobel Prize for Experiments With Light
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Oct 3, 2023 | 4 min read
Anne L’Huillier, Pierre Agostini, and Ferenc Krausz received this year’s Physics award for creating tools for studying the world of electrons, with future applications in medical diagnostics.
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Nobel Prize for mRNA Vaccines
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Oct 2, 2023 | 5 min read
Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman received this year’s Physiology or Medicine award for their work on RNA biology and mRNA-based vaccines.
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Ticker Tape Technology Records Cell History
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Oct 2, 2023 | 1 min read
Researchers developed a novel protein fiber that tracks transcriptional events over time in living cells. This could shine a light on gene regulation during development or after cellular perturbations.
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Which Gene Therapy Delivery Vector Will Emerge Victorious? 
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Oct 2, 2023 | 2 min read
In the race to deliver successful gene therapies, frontrunner AAVs come head to head with underdog lipid nanoparticles. 
Tuning T Cells
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Oct 2, 2023 | 2 min read
An often overlooked property of the tumor environment shapes T cell function and may improve T cell therapies.
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Emerging from Silence: Capturing the First Heartbeat
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Sep 27, 2023 | 5 min read
In the developing zebrafish, a noisy and asynchronous activity jumpstarts the heart’s journey to coordinated beating.