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
Genetic Predisposition to Vitamin D Deficiency Contributes to Severe COVID-19
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 15, 2022
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
Alysson R. Muotri discusses his launch of brain organoids into outer space and how microgravity enriches our understanding of brain development and disease.
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Through the Looking Glass: Aging, Inflammation, and Gut Rejuvenation
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 8, 2022
Renewing the aging gut microbiome holds promise for preventing inflammatory brain and eye degeneration.
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Science Philosophy in a Flash - A Look at Aging Through Young Eyes 
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 8, 2022
Aimée Parker shares how her childlike curiosity and collaborative spirit motivate her scientific pursuits.
A Rising Star Launches Brain Power into Outer Space
Science Philosophy in a Flash - A Rising Star Launches Brain Power into Outer Space
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jul 27, 2022
Alysson Muotri shares how tapping into his inner creative spark fuels his pursuit of science.
A Scientific Figure of Speech
Science Philosophy in a Flash - A Scientific Figure of Speech
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jul 11, 2022
Beate Peter shares how her “scientific bilingualism” is the driving force behind her philosophy of science.
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Nurturing Early Language Skills Prevents the Behavioral Expression of a Genetic Trait
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jul 11, 2022
A new precision medicine approach is making life sweeter for infants unable to metabolize milk sugar.
Researchers are applying mechanical force to bone cells grown on apple scaffolds to mimic the affect of gravity on bone regeneration.
Apples Lay the Foundation for Regenerating Bone
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | May 9, 2022
Researchers use innovative plant-based biomaterials to grow new bone for restoring depleted bone mass after space travel.
The Scientist Speaks - Finding that Sweet Spot: Understanding Gut Perception One Cell at a Time
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Apr 29, 2022
Maya Kaelberer discusses her research investigating how sensory cells in the gut guide feeding behavior.
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A Nose by Any Other Name: Tracking the Scent of Tumor Metabolic Waste
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Apr 11, 2022
The unique odor profiles of tumors can be used to develop diagnostic sensing tools.