Data visualization

JSON files & tidy data

My lab investigates how blood pressure can be treated more effectively. Much of that work involves the painstaking development of new concepts and research methods to move forward the state of the art. For example, our work on urinary extracellular vesicles’ mRNA as an ex vivo assay of the ligand-activated transcription factor activity of mineralocorticoid receptors is challenging, fun, and rewarding. With a lot of work from Andrea Berrido and Pradeep Gunasekaran in my lab, we have been moving the ball forward on several key projects on that front.

The weird, biased wisdom of the crowd

Pradeep Gunasekaran is a very smart technician in my lab. Recently, he told me that one of his professors once challenged the class to estimate the number of small objects in a jar. I suddenly remembered guessing the number of candies in a jar in a contest at the local corner grocery store when I was a kid. After Pradeep explained that the average of the students’ guesses was very close to the correct answer, I thought: “What an interersting way to test the wisdom of the crowd-tweeps.