Hello from Microbe Musings!

A fluorescence microscopy image of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells surrounding an epithelial cell. A dye is introduced into the cells which emits a green colour when bound to DNA (Image Credit: Paul Naphtali).

Hello, and welcome to my blog! A year ago, I conceived the idea of starting a blog where I would talk about the latest research in microbiology. In that time, I had volunteered for CF Canada, an organization that strives to improve the quality of life for Canadian CF patients through advocacy. I had also volunteered for Let’s Talk Science, where I would excite students about the world of science through demonstrations and experiments. Finally, I acted as a teaching assistant for a biochemistry course where I introduced students to molecular biology and inspired them to pursue a career in research.

In each of these pursuits, I felt a great need to bridge the gaps between academia and the general public. I wanted to provide hope for CF patients that a cure could be found. I wanted to excite people about the latest advances in microbiology and inspire new generations of students excited about science. Finally, I wanted to play a part in making academia more accessible to everyone.

My blog aims to serve as a bridge between academia and the public. In this blog, I will publish posts that fall into three categories. The first category focuses on CF-related studies. These studies will primarily focus on CF as an infectious disease, but I will also provide posts about CF research as a whole. The second category will focus on the coolest findings within the microbial sciences. These papers will cover a broad range of topics so long as they involve microbes. The final category will include the occasional announcement and personal stories as I pursue my goal of bridging the gap between research and the broader community.

I look forward to sharing some of the many new papers from microbiology with you all. I eagerly invite you along on my journey to make science accessible to everyone.


  • Paul Naphtali

    Paul Naphtali is a PhD candidate at McMaster University and studies cystic fibrosis respiratory disease driven by bacterial infections. He specializes in the study of Pseudomonas-driven infections with genomics and transcriptomics.

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