In addition to the unstructured musings on this blog, you can find my writing in the following places.
I write synopses for the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS Biology. These are pieces that accompany research articles and help to explain the significance of the research for a general audience.
I managed the editing and writing of the Spring 2011 and Fall 2010 issues of the Stowers Report. I contributed articles to those issues, as well as to the Spring 2010 issue. Selected articles:
A Cellular Murder Mystery: Identification of Psh1 as the Ubiquitin Ligase for Cse4 (Spring 2011)
The Not-So-Secret Life of Chromosomes: An Introduction to Chromosome Dynamics During Cell Division (Spring 2011)
Digging Deeper: Diligent Detective Work Uncovers New Function of Cancer Drug. (Fall 2010)
Towards a Better Understanding of a Deadly Leukemia. (Spring 2010)
The Party Never Stops: Protein Dynamics Underlying Yeast Cell Polarization. (Spring 2010)
A New Way to Publish Data: Cytobank Reports
Cytometry in the Cloud
How to Justify an iPad in Your Grant (yes, that’s me in the video!)
That Funny Looking Black-and-White Box
Biochemistry at the Single Cell Level
View Through a Heatmap: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
I wrote a guest blog post for BenchFly. In it, I describe briefly the epiphany I had in realizing I did not want to pursue a career as a bench researcher and the steps I took to transition out of the lab.
As a graduate student at Harvard Medical School, I had my first taste of science writing when I wrote articles for Science in the News‘ monthly newsletter, SITNFlash. Older articles are no longer available online.
Gao JT, Guimerà R, Li H, Pinto IM, Sales-Pardo M, Wai SC, Rubinstein B, Li R. Modular coherence of protein dynamics in yeast cell polarity system. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 May 3;108(18):7647-52. Epub 2011 Apr 18. PubMed entry Free text in PMC
Li R, Wai SC. Bacterial cell polarity: a “swarmer-stalked” tale of actin. Trends Cell Biol. 2004 Oct;14(10):532-6. Review. PubMed entry
Wedlich-Soldner R, Wai SC, Schmidt T, Li R. Robust cell polarity is a dynamic state established by coupling transport and GTPase signaling. J Cell Biol. 2004 Sep 13;166(6):889-900. Epub 2004 Sep 7. PubMed entry Free text in PMC