Iris Kulbatski, PhD

Iris, a neuroscientist by training and word surgeon by trade, is an assistant science editor with The Scientist's Creative Services Team. Her work has appeared in various online and print publications, including Discover Magazine, Medgadget, National Post, The Toronto Star and others. She holds a PhD in Medical Science and a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Her left and right brain converse on a regular basis. Once in a while, they collaborate.

Articles by Iris Kulbatski, PhD
Arial view of a water canal winding through a forest and spilling into the ocean.
Garbage to Guts: The Slow-Churn of Plastic Waste
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Mar 13, 2023 | 4 min read
The winding trail of environmental microplastics is leading researchers to the human digestive ecosystem.
Illuminated drawing of gastrointestinal tract overlayed on woman’s hands and torso
“Gut Feeling” Takes on New Meaning
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jan 23, 2023 | 4 min read
Mechanically sensitive gut cells similar to touch sensors in the skin allow the intestine to feel and assess the physical properties of its contents.
Vector image of turquoise and green bacteria and viruses on a navy-blue background.
Death by Illumination
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jan 9, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers use blue light therapy to treat infected burn wounds.
Genomic data. Dna test infographic, molecule structure genetic sequencing chart and chromosome architecture genealogy diagram, vector concept stock illustration
Unearthing Hidden Family Secrets: Tracing the Lineage of a Centuries-Old Grand-Mummy
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Dec 13, 2022 | 3 min read
Researchers show how a toxic therapy helped identify a mummy using preserved DNA.
Vector image of swarming locusts in a field
Scents and Sense-Abilities: Using Bug Brainpower to Smell Cancer
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Dec 12, 2022 | 4 min read
Scientists use locust brains as living biosensors to perform cancer cell breath tests.
Science Philosophy in a Flash - Paul George 
Science Philosophy in a Flash - Wired to Regenerate
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Oct 31, 2022 | 1 min read
Paul George shares how a dual career as a physician and scientist enriches his research.
Making Scientific Strides in the Produce Aisle
Science Philosophy in a Flash - Making Scientific Strides in the Produce Aisle
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Sep 13, 2022 | 1 min read
Andrew Pelling shares how pursuing knowledge for its own sake breaks down interdisciplinary barriers and lays the foundation for ground-breaking research.
Filling in the Gaps: Sequencing the Entire Human Genome
The Scientist Speaks - Filling in the Gaps: Sequencing the Entire Human Genome
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 30, 2022 | 1 min read
Karen Miga discusses how she and collaborators sequenced the missing parts of the human genome almost two decades after the first Human Genome Project published its results.
Genetic Predisposition to Vitamin D Deficiency Contributes to Severe COVID-19
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 15, 2022 | 4 min read
Ana Teresa Freitas discusses how individual variation in vitamin D synthesis and metabolism influences susceptibility to upper respiratory viruses.
Time Traveling Mini-Brains on a Mission to Conquer Space
Time Traveling Mini-Brains on a Mission to Conquer Space
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 11, 2022 | 4 min read
Alysson R. Muotri discusses his launch of brain organoids into outer space and how microgravity enriches our understanding of brain development and disease.