Cecilia Grimaldi

Ph.D. fellow in biology. Science and written word lover. Blogger and freelance writer pursuing a career in science writing, journalism, and communication.


All Like It Hot

Have you ever wondered how does temperature affect the taste of your coffee? I had just turned a page when suddenly a cool breeze blew on my cup of coffee and revived the flame of the candle that had been quietly dying on the table for hours. I turned my head; somebody had left without closing the front door behind them. I can’t abide my coffee getting cold; it is one of my rules. I’d rather pay the painful price of a scalded tongue than drink it cold. There is nothing left in a tepid coffee b

Couples Counselling for Zebrafish: How to Optimize Breeding Efficiency

It’s Sunday morning, the sun has just begun to rise, and you find yourself on the way to the lab (again!), sipping hot coffee and melancholically thinking of your abandoned bed. But something is different this time. Today, the freezing-cold wind blowing from behind is not the only motivation pushing you to sacrifice another weekend in the name of science. Today, you will perform the experiment that will boost your scientific career—you can bet on that!  And then lose. Only an hour later, indeed,

I KEEP THE POSITIVES OF SCIENCE INTO FOCUS: an Interview with Prof. Marianne Bronner

Prof. Marianne Bronner, a professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology, has recently held a lecture at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence (CiM). She had been invited by the “Women in Science” network, a group of PhD students from CiM labs. The network members Cecilia Grimaldi, Kim Joana Westerich, and Divyanshu Malhotra have talked to the biologist about impostor’s syndrome, mentorship strategies, and gender bias in science. When I was a graduate student, I fell in love

I want to know, have you ever smelled the rain?

Going for a walk? You better ask your nose if you should bring an umbrella along (A.K.A: What is the scientific explanation for the scent of a rainstorm?). The day had started without many expectations and then had turned into a Sunday afternoon dominated by black clouds that obscured both the sky as well as any hope of finding an explanation for my melancholy. Rainy days are never a good time for me to reason life out. Rain usually brings along a heavy, gloomy desire to do nothing but look up


Prof. Anna Akhmanova, a professor of cell biology at Utrecht University, has recently held a lecture at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence (CiM). She had been invited by the “Women in Science” network (WiS), a group of PhD students from CiM labs. The network members Cecilia Grimaldi and Sadhana Panzade have talked to the biologist about enjoying the process of doing research, acquiring confidence about your own work, and challenges for women in science. There isn’t one particular scienti

AMP-dependent kinase/mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 signaling in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia: therapeutic implications

T-ALL is characterized by leukemic transformation of thymocytes caused by cooperative events altering proliferation, survival and differentiation of T cells. Despite major improvements in our understanding of the molecular genetics of T-ALL,36, 37, 38, 39 the mechanisms that lead to the abnormal proliferation and survival of T-lymphoblasts remain largely unknown. Therefore, treatment of this neoplasm remains a challenge for clinicians. Major efforts have been made to develop new compounds target

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