Blog Archives

Interview from the March for Science

Hey folks, it’s been a while. I promise there’s quite a bit to update you all with, and will try to do so in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I was proud to be a marshal at the Melbourne

Posted in Irons in the fire: News from our lab

Vote in the Centenary Institute’s Lawrence Creative Prize

Hey guys, long time no post. Trust me, there’s more coming soon when I can find the time to talk about some of the recent metal-centric work coming from our lab. In the meantime, I’ve entered the Centenary Institute’s Lawrence

Posted in Irons in the fire: News from our lab

New Research: Can lead and manganese in blood identify Alzheimer’s disease?

Unfortunately not. Lead has been in the news a lot recently; you’d have to be hiding under a rock to not know about the current environmental tragedy happening in Flint, Michigan, where toxic levels of lead have been found in

Posted in Irons in the fire: News from our lab

New Research: Changing metal levels in traumatic brain injury

It’s been a while since we’ve been active here, but as annual money-begging season has drawn to a close, it’s time to update everyone on the slew of new papers coming from our lab. Over the next few weeks, there’ll

Posted in Freshly forged: New research from our lab

Feature on early life iron at sciencenews.org

Laura Sanders, who writes the blog Growth Curve at ScienceNews has just written a great piece talking about my early life iron exposure work, with comments from several experts in the field. Thanks Laura! Head on over here to have a read.

Posted in Metal filings: Odds and ends from around the web

Fiona Larner: Looking at cancer from a different angle

Dr Fiona Larner from the University of Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences might not sound like she’s in the right place to be studying cancer, but Fiona’s work is a testament to how understanding the role of metals in disease takes

Posted in Iron men (and women): Researcher profiles

As the year comes to a close…

…I’ve finally got around to updating our publications for 2015. You can find them here, and a lot of them are open access, so you can take a look for free. More will be added over the coming days.

Posted in Irons in the fire: News from our lab

Tonight’s main event: Testicles versus the brain for selenium bragging rights

The good folks over at Science News asked me to comment recently on a new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience discussing the competition between the brain and testes for selenium in mice, with ballgame firmly in favour of the, ahem, underdog when selenium levels

Posted in Metal filings: Odds and ends from around the web

Imaging metals in worms

Caenorhabditis elegans might not be an animal you’re particularly familiar with, but this humble little worm is one of the most important tools we have for studying metals in biological systems. These 1 mm long roundworms are self-fertilising, meaning you

Posted in Irons in the fire: News from our lab

Sneak peak: 3D printing metals in the brain

We’ve been harping on about our recent Chemical Science paper, which officially was published this week and can be downloaded for free here. Firstly, thanks to our friend Jonas Marnell of Ethix Design in Melbourne for the amazing cover artwork shown here. Anyway, we’re

Posted in Irons in the fire: News from our lab