Laura Tran, PhD

Laura Tran, PhD

Laura joined The Scientist as an assistant editor in 2023. She has a background in microbiology and earned her PhD in biomedical sciences from Rush University. Her research focused on how circadian rhythms and alcohol affect the gut. 

Articles by Laura Tran, PhD
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Using Genetic Cartography to Map Cell Lineage
Laura Tran, PhD | May 17, 2024 | 4 min read
By coupling cell lineage tracking with molecular gene expression patterns, researchers deciphered how gene activity influences immune cell production.
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Chromosome Ends in Double Jeopardy
Laura Tran, PhD | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
Researchers have finally uncovered the other half of the end-replication problem at the lagging strand.
A synthetic protein lawnmower cuts across a lawn of peptides.
Revving Up a Protein Lawnmower
Laura Tran, PhD | May 7, 2024 | 4 min read
Scientists devised a synthetic protein-based motor fueled by biological reactions to cut through a peptide lawn.
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A Cell-by-Cell Map of the Entire Mouse Brain
Laura Tran, PhD | Apr 1, 2024 | 2 min read
A colorful mosaic that maps the positions and roles of cells in the mouse brain offers insights into its functional complexities.
A woman looks shocked as a radioactive waste container leaks onto the floor in front of the exit door.
When the Floor is Radioactive
Laura Tran, PhD | Apr 1, 2024 | 2 min read
During her routine tasks in the laboratory, Mallory Havens suddenly found herself navigating a toxic terrain. 
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Cellular Cuisine: Phages on the Menu
Laura Tran, PhD | Mar 19, 2024 | 3 min read
Mammalian cells outpace bacteriophages in the microbial food chain by devouring phages to fuel their growth.
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The Resilience of Monoclonal Antibodies and their Makers
Laura Tran, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 10+ min read
The road to developing monoclonal antibodies for effectively targeting cancer was paved with tenacity, passion, and strokes of luck.
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A Leap Towards Building Synthetic Organisms 
Laura Tran, PhD | Mar 12, 2024 | 6 min read
Douglas Blackiston’s frog-fueled research seeks to push the boundaries of understanding developing organisms.
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Survival of the Fittest Parasite
Laura Tran, PhD | Mar 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Ever the resourceful parasite, Leishmania co-opts a natural antibody from blood to breed.
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Greening the Fight Against Huntington’s Disease
Laura Tran, PhD | Mar 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Plant chloroplasts offer insights for shielding against protein aggregation in Huntington’s disease.