Learning to slice brains

17 07 2014



Danielle Phillips is a Psychology/Neuroscience undergrad who’s going to spend the rest of the summer helping with the next step in investigating our mouse brains. Godsend!

Yesterday evening I finally got her, Kathryn and the relevant keys all together in the right lab, and Kathryn started showing Danielle how to mount the brains on the cryostat chuck, how to work the machine itself, and how to get the tiny transparent slices adhering to the microscope slide in just the right way. Kathryn proved to be a brilliant teacher (and full of new ideas and confidence since starting her Masters with John Vessey), so they managed to do an entire brain, now safely stored in the -80 freezer, all ready for staining. Just 63 to go ladies!