Frontier science matters

Featuring topics related to frontier life science research that go beyond the research supported directly by HFSP. See also ...

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Some reflections on the mirrored eyes of scallops

by HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow Benjamin Palmer

Benjamin Palmer, an HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow, describes his research in the emerging field of organic biomineralization, and in particular on the intricate structure and functioning of the mirrored eye of the scallop. Dr Palmer works in the lab of HFSP Program Grant holder Lia Addadi and Steve Weiner at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Most people are surprised to hear that scallops see with up to 200 majestic iridescent eyes peering out from between their...

A tryst with the sky for a peek into the sea

by HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow Anupam Sengupta

Anupam Sengupta, a 2014 HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow, recounts how he was able to test the effects of gravity on phytoplankton migration when he was selected to participate in an expedition on a parabolic flight at 8000m above sea level. Anupam Sengupta is an HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow researching at the broad interface of fluid dynamics, marine biology, material sciences and theoretical ecology. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and...