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Carl Robinson, PhD

Carl attained a BSc (microbiology, 1992) and PhD (molecular microbiology of bacterial spore germination, 1996) from the University of Sheffield. He then did a three-year post-doctoral position at the University of Portsmouth investigating eukaryotic transcription factors involved in blood development. In 2000, he moved to the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, utilizing his molecular biology expertise, to identify diagnostic and vaccine targets and their translation into commercial products. The focus was primarily veterinary streptococcal pathogens, which led to the development of both commercial diagnostic tests and a licensed vaccine. Currently, Carl is a senior research associate at the University of Cambridge School of Veterinary Medicine, utilizing massively parallel sequencing of bacterial pathogens to identify potential vaccine targets to combat respiratory disease in horses.

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Mast Cells: Mast Cell Function, Origin and Related Conditions

In this article, we focus on one type of immune cell – the mast cell. We discuss what mast cells are, how they are generated, their function in the body and conditions related to them.
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Eosinophils: Eosinophil Origin, Function and Related Conditions Including Eosinophilia

Immune cells come in many shapes and sizes and with numerous different properties. In this article, we consider what eosinophils are, how they are generated, their function in the body and medical conditions related to them, including eosinophilia.
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Basophils: Basophil Function, Origin and Related Conditions

The immune system is made up of a host of specialized cell types, including basophils. In this article, we consider what basophils are, how they are generated, their function in the body and medical conditions related to them.
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How To Optimize Your Electroporation

Electroporation has transformed the way in which scientists work, allowing the delivery of genetic material, proteins and drugs. Download this guide to discover tips on preparing your samples and selecting your parameters.
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Agarose Gel Electrophoresis Tips and Tricks

Download this guide to explore key considerations to remember when selecting the concentration of agarose required to give optimal separation, pouring and running your gel, and maintaining your equipment.
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Caring for Your Centrifuge

Download this guide to learn tips on balancing, choosing the correct tubes, training, maintenance and cleaning.
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Western Blot Troubleshooting Tips

Download this guide to discover tips and tricks on preparation and optimization, selecting the right controls, and blocking and washing.
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How To Pipette Accurately

Download this guide to learn how to avoid instrument damage, volume inaccuracies and sample and reagent contamination.
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PCR Troubleshooting

Download this guide to discover key considerations when performing PCR, including the concentration and purity of starting sample, primer suitability, downstream applications and annealing temperatures.
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Advances in Microbial Genomics

Microbes have an important role in maintaining our own health and that of our environment. Therefore, the more information we can uncover, the better armed researchers are to prevent and treat disease, protect and restore the environment and harness the key beneficial properties microbes offer. This list looks at recent advances that have enabled researchers to better understand microbial communities at the genomic level.