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Meet the preLighters: an interview with Mariana de Niz

7th January 2020

Mariana de Niz is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr Luísa Figueiredo’s lab at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal, where she studies the biophysics of trypanosomes in various tissues. We caught up with Mariana to discuss her experience in parasite research, microscopy, open science and what it’s like to be a preLighter.  […]

The most read preLights of 2019

1st January 2020

2019 was a very prolific year with 314 preprint highlights posted, and here we’ve collected the most popular ones:   #1 Pavithran Ravindran‘s post on optogenetic control of Wnt signalling to interrogate patterning in stem cells was the most read preLight in 2019 and included a comment from preprint first author Nicole Repina.     #2[…]

7 things that shaped preLights in 2019

31st December 2019

On the last day of the year (and in fact, the decade), we look back at some of the highlights of 2019   #1 We launched preLists, where researchers curate a list of preprints presented at conferences, or compile a list of preprints on a certain topic. #2 At the end of February, we celebrated[…]

Meet the preLighters: an interview with Maiko Kitaoka

30th October 2019

Maiko Kitaoka is a graduate student in the lab of Rebecca Heald at the University of California, Berkeley. Here she studies the cause of chromosome mis-segregation defects in Xenopus hybrids. We caught up with Maiko to discuss her research, science communication, ballet, preprints and more.     Let’s start in the beginning, why did you[…]

Capturing the value added to a paper during peer-review

26th September 2019

Preprints accelerate science by making research accessible prior to journal publication, but peer-review often substantially improves papers. While for a long time the review history of a paper was not visible to anyone apart from the authors and reviewers/editors, recently, increasing numbers of journals have started publishing this information alongside the paper (including The Company[…]

Meet the preLighters: an interview with Gautam Dey

25th September 2019

Gautam Dey is a postdoctoral researcher working at the MRC LMCB, UCL, London, in the lab of Buzz Baum. Here, he is studying the evolution of cell cycle control using fission yeast and archaea. He has been a team member since the start of preLights and has written sixteen preLight posts (!) so far. We[…]

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