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A detailed look at the microbes that grow on cheese

A detailed look at the microbes that grow on cheese

My new lab’s paper is out! I had nothing to do with this work (it was submitted just before I joined), but it’s an incredibly exciting study investigating the diverse microbial communities that grow on cheese rinds...

July 17, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
Investigating the Cheese Microbiome

Investigating the Cheese Microbiome

Last week was a monumental one for me – I said goodbye to my old lab, where I’ve worked for the past 5 years. It was harder than I thought it would be to leave.

May 6, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
Vox Off to a Good Start on GMOs

Vox Off to a Good Start on GMOs

Vox.com is a new news site that aims to do things a bit differently. Led by Ezra Klein, formerly of the Washington Post “Wonk Blog,” news stories at Vox are supposed to rely more on data, and actually provide the data behind stories so that readers can judge for themselves...

April 30, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
Attn Boston Area Readers: Milk as Medicine – Free Science Lectures

Attn Boston Area Readers: Milk as Medicine – Free Science Lectures

One of my favorite parts of graduate school was participating in an outreach-oriented organization called Science in the News. SITN (as we lovingly call it) has a number of great outreach arms, including regular articles about current science topics written by grad students called Signal to Noise (fomerly The Flash), hands-on events like the model [...]..

April 22, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
The Doctor Is In

The Doctor Is In

I’ve been pretty quiet in this space for the last several months. In the 6 months since we started Food Matters, I’ve been absent for three of them.

April 8, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
Lobsters, and the Memory Palace

Lobsters, and the Memory Palace

I listen to a lot of podcasts – on my commute, while sitting at the bench pipetting, doing dishes, in line at the grocery store, wherever.

January 31, 2014 — Kevin Bonham

Probiotics, the Immune System, and Mouse Balls

I don’t think I’m alone in my prurient interest in research related to sex, since those posts tend to be wildly popular. At the same time, I try mostly to stick to my field of expertise while blogging, and the intersection between sex and the immune system doesn’t happen that often (unless we’re talking about [...]..

January 30, 2014 — Kevin Bonham

Brief Musical Interlude (Or, Bias)

Let’s talk about bias for a minute. My fiance, Rachel Rynick, just released her first album, and I think it’s awesome. Of course, my opinion on this matter can’t really be trusted...

January 16, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
Another Year, Another Post on GMOs and Allergies

Another Year, Another Post on GMOs and Allergies

I was on a bit of a hiatus on blogging last month, but a lot of good things happened. I had a manuscript accepted for publication at Cell, I got my box checked (which means I have permission to start writing my dissertation, which means I should be graduating this year), and my fiance and [...]..

January 3, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
Our Microbial Organ – The Good and Bad Bugs of the Human Gut

Our Microbial Organ – The Good and Bad Bugs of the Human Gut

Ever since coming to Harvard, I’ve been involved with a graduate student group called “Science in the News.” At SITN, the goal is to bring the fascination with scientists that graduate students have to a wider audience, and the flagship effort of the group is a series of lectures held every Autumn and Spring that [...]..

November 25, 2013 — Kevin Bonham
GMO Labeling Debate Follow-up

GMO Labeling Debate Follow-up

There was a pretty huge response to my take on the GMO labeling debate last Friday. At the time of writing, there are 37 comments (for comparison, my other posts here have had between 0 and 4 comments), and I had a couple of convergent conversations on twitter and google+...

November 11, 2013 — Kevin Bonham
GMO Labeling, I-522, and Why This Debate Sucks for Progressive Scientists Like Me

GMO Labeling, I-522, and Why This Debate Sucks for Progressive Scientists Like Me

I’m a granola (and dirt)-eating, tree-hugging, liberal/progressive. If I was called by a pollster asking about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), I’d be counted among the folks that disapprove, but only because I think it doesn’t go far enough (I’m for single-payer, but I could have settled for the public option)...

November 8, 2013 — Kevin Bonham
Sexually Transmitted Food Allergens

Sexually Transmitted Food Allergens

A few years ago, while casting out to twitter asking for immunology-themed post ideas, Christie Wilcox mentioned that a friend of hers seemed to have an allergic reaction after having sex...

October 30, 2013 — Kevin Bonham
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