Iris Kulbatski, PhD

Iris, a neuroscientist by training and word surgeon by trade, is an associate 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
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Researchers Use Groovy Science to Understand Gut Feelings
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jul 17, 2024 | 4 min read
A new microfluidics cell culture model recapitulates the basic biology of gut touch.
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Interstitium: A Network of Living Spaces Supports Anatomical Interconnectedness
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Apr 26, 2024 | 6 min read
What researchers once regarded as a byproduct of biology may hold the key to understanding health and disease.
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Ancient Alleles Shed Light on Atherosclerosis Risk
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Apr 19, 2024 | 5 min read
Calculating the polygenic risk scores of ancient humans such as Ötzi the iceman helps researchers understand the genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease.
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Infographic: Gene Activity in the Cellular Afterlife   
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Dec 4, 2023 | 3 min read
Low oxygen resuscitates gene transcription after death.
You Are When You Eat
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Nov 20, 2023 | 3 min read
Intermittent fasting regulates biological time and improves disrupted sleep in an Alzheimer’s disease model.
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Unraveling the Mystery of Zombie Genes
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Oct 31, 2023 | 6 min read
Digging into how and why some genes are resurrected after death sounds morbid, but it has practical applications. 
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Food for Thought: A Recipe for Regenerating Nerves
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Oct 23, 2023 | 3 min read
Al dente asparagus stalks may hold the key to successful neural stem cell therapy for repairing injured axons.
Chemical structures of DMT, Psilocybin and serotonin
Infographic: What a Trip
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 2 min read
Researchers took a mind-bending trip to understand the connections between psychedelic compounds produced by fungi, plants, and humans.
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Natural High: Endogenous Psychedelics in the Gut and Brain
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 8 min read
Psychedelics are evolutionarily ancient compounds produced by fungi, plants, and microbes. Humans also synthesize psychedelics. Researchers want to know how and why.
Conceptual image of hair loss showing trees in the shape of a human head at various seasonal stages of shedding their leaves.
Islands of Knowledge: Hairy Skin Moles Make Their Mark
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 7, 2023 | 3 min read
Skin moles that sprout thick, long hairs produce signaling molecules that stimulate hair follicle stem cells to initiate new hair growth. This discovery may make baldness a thing of the past.