As a celebration of my return to lab (for 3 weeks), this is my PhD defense mani! The idea was great, and honestly, I have NO IDEA why I expected these to look different than they do! Regardless, have some neurons.
When doing microscopy in the lab, I usually focus using the ‘bright field’ light, which turns all my neurons shades of grey on a lighter grey background. Mostly, you just see lots of axons all over the field of view, so I went ahead and painted that! I tried to get a 3D feel using a lighter and darker grey…not sure it worked out.
My neurons, the ones I care about, glow both blue and red…and the red tend to be little dots. So I painted one neuron per nail that is blue with red dots! Some of the nails have cell bodies, which have lots of red dots in them.
That’s about all I can offer by way of explanation. I wanted something that looked like what I was actually showing in my dissertation presentation, so I just pulled out two slides and stuck them together!
Happy PhD to me! Or something. I was officially granted my PhD (more or less) the first week of August, its been a bit fun to introduce myself as a doctor, if the wrong type for the hospital!