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Itching to discover what the neurokinin-1 receptor neurons are doing in the spinal cord

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  Published! is a series of chats with women in science highlighting their publications as leading authors. If you have recently published a scientific manuscript and would like to chat with me, you can get in touch via Twitter @laurenpoppi or email <lauren.poppi@rutgers.edu>. Dr. Tayler Sheahan is a postdoctoral neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research. Tayler recently published an article in the Journal of Neuroscience as a first author, titled “ the neurokinin-1 receptor is expressed with gastrin-releasing peptide receptor in spinal interneurons and modulates itch ”. You can read Tayler’s publication here . In addition to being a full-time scientist, Tayler is also a science communicator and a long-distance runner. We chatted about the publication process, itch, getting paid to write about science, forging a new path as a first generation college graduate, setting short-term and long term goals, and glowing platypuses.      Fi

Sensory differences on the basis of sex: why research in all-male cohorts is passé.

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Published! is a series of chats with women in science highlighting their publications as leading authors. If you have recently published a scientific manuscript and would like to chat with me, you can get in touch via Twitter @laurenpoppi or email <lauren.poppi@rutgers.edu>. Dr. Manon Bohic is a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers University who studies the neuroscience of touch and pain. Manon completed her graduate studies at Aix-Marseille Université, France, and has now moved to the US to further her training in neurobiology, behaviour, and molecular genetics. Earlier this year, Manon published a first author manuscript based on her PhD research, titled “Loss of bhlha9 impairs thermotaxis and formalin-evoked pain in a sexually dimorphic manner” in Cell Reports. You can read the article here .  We chatted about some important neurobiological and behavioural differences between males and females, embracing the "cliché" of believing in yourself, remembering why you love

A Charizard in the hippocampus! Studying synaptic plasticity and bridging science with industry.

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Published! is a series of chats with women in science highlighting their publications as leading authors. If you know someone who has recently published a scientific manuscript who would like to chat with me, you can get in touch via Twitter @laurenpoppi or email <lauren.poppi@rutgers.edu>.   Sadhna Rao is a rising fifth year neuroscience PhD candidate at University of Southern California. While an engineering student in the south of India, Sadhna got hooked on the intricacies of biology after seeing a fly body plan one day in the library. Sadhna chatted with me about how changing discipline can give you a fresh perspective, the fear of being scooped as a scientist, how finding your voice in academia is like evolving into the next Pokémon, and why it is important not to panic when someone says ‘industry’. Sadhna recently published a paper titled ‘ Tiam1 is Critical for Glutamatergic Synapse Structure and Function in the Hippocampus ’ in the Journal of Neuroscience . You