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Nathan Ni, PhD

Nathan Ni earned a PhD in Physiology from Queen's University in 2013, where he investigated the role of inflammatory leukotriene pathways in myocardial infarction. He then underwent a two-year postdoctoral training stint at Toronto's University Health Network, where he looked at the effects of aging on stem cell effectiveness. Nathan joined The Scientist’s Creative Services Team in December 2016 and is currently an Associate Science Editor.

Articles by Nathan Ni, PhD
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The Fundamentals of Academic Science Writing
Nathan Ni, PhD | Mar 25, 2024 | 5 min read
Writing is an essential skill for scientists, and learning how to write effectively starts with good fundamentals and lots of practice.
3D rendered image showing enhanced scanning electron micrograph of cancer cells.
Turning Off Metastasis in Breast Cancer
Nathan Ni, PhD | Feb 13, 2024 | 4 min read
An on-off enzyme switch controls metastasis in mice. 
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Why Scientific Communication Matters for Manuscripts
Nathan Ni, PhD | Dec 12, 2023 | 4 min read
Scientists are beginning to recognize the importance of being able to effectively communicate their findings.
qPCRDriving Wastewater Surveillance for Infectious Disease
Nathan Ni, PhD | Oct 30, 2023 | 3 min read
Natalie Knox and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory are helping establish a national qPCR-driven wastewater surveillance network for SARS-CoV-2 and other diseases.
Dendritic Cell activate T cells, trigger immune responses, they are responsible of cells protection of the body.
Circadian Signaling Affects T Cell Responses to Vaccination
Nathan Ni, PhD | Aug 9, 2023 | 3 min read
Annie Curtis’s research team revealed how circadian rhythm-regulated mitochondrial metabolism drives dendritic cell antigen presentation activity.
Sir Richard Roberts won the 1993 Nobel Prize “for their discoveries of split genes.” 
How Restriction Enzymes Changed Biology
Nathan Ni, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 4 min read
Endonuclease R changed Richard Roberts’ career trajectory and created an industry.
Doug Hanahan worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 1982. 
Cellular Competence: Making Recombinant DNA Accessible
Nathan Ni, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Coaxing bacteria into taking up recombinant DNA was arduous until Douglas Hanahan took action.
Exploring how spatial relationships drive heart function
Mapping Out What Makes the Heart Tick
Nathan Ni, PhD | Jun 27, 2022 | 3 min read
A novel atlas reveals region-specific links between structural, mechanical, and genetic properties within the heart.
Mapping the Brain in 3-D
Mapping the Brain in 3-D
Nathan Ni, PhD | Oct 5, 2021 | 1 min read
3-D brain atlases help scientists better understand brain function in physiological and pathological situations.
Laptop displays CRISPR poster.
The Next Generation of CRISPR-Cas Systems
Nathan Ni, PhD | Feb 4, 2021 | 1 min read
Researchers reinvent genome editing with new CRISPR-Cas systems.