Published clips

In addition to the unstructured musings on this blog, you can find my work in the following places.

PLOS Biology

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.

Equal Inheritance: Genome Management for Proliferating Parasites
Making Magnetic Yeast
And Now There Are Five: A New Player in Intracellular Trafficking Pathways
Plexin Activation Relies on an Array of Receptors

Stowers Report: News and Insight from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research

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)

BenchFly blog

I wrote a guest blog post for BenchFly. In it, I describe my epiphany 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.

The 4 Steps to Finding Your Passion

Cytobank blog

Along with a number of community development projects for Cytobank, I also wrote for and managed the blog and newsletter from 2010 to 2011. Selected articles:

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


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, so I’ve posted PDF versions of my articles.

Giving Normal Cells the Superpowers of Stem Cells (July 2007) pdf
Seeing the Light: How Light Affects Your Sleep-Wake Cycle (Sept 2006) pdf

Peer-reviewed publications

In my past life as a researcher, I co-authored a few research papers.

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

Wai SC, Gerber SA, Li R. Multisite phosphorylation of the guanine nucleotide exchange factor Cdc24 during yeast cell polarization. PLoS One. 2009 Aug 10;4(8):e6563. 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


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