Dr. Dany Spencer Adams got her PhD in the lab of Tom Daniel at the University of Washington in 1994. In 1995 she joined the Biology faculty at Smith College. It was for her Cell Biology students there that she began to write the handouts that morphed into Lab Math. In 2002 she joined the lab of Michael Levin at the Forsyth Institute and Harvard School of Dental Medicine for a long delayed post doc. After forming her own lab in 2005, she decided to move with Dr. Levin to Tufts University where she is a PI in the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, and a Research Professor in the Department of Biology. Her research focuses on the role of ion-flux dependent signaling during morphogenesis, that is the formation of shape during development and/or regeneration. To date, the coolest thing she has done was to use a light-activated hydrogen pump to induce regeneration of a complete vertebrae appendage, including its spinal cord. Currently she is trying to figure out why resting potential is so important for normal development of the face. She misses teaching, but there are only so many hours in a day.

Birth of the Blog

This blog, like the book Lab Math from which it springs (incompletely formed), will be about numbers. I will endeavor to:

1. showcase the basic and the practical, not the challenging or even the advanced;

2.. provide straightforward guidance for the unenthusiastic (“just do it exactly this way”);

3.. provide refreshers for those needing refreshment (whether they know it or not.)