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Yes—this is a magnetic resonance
image (MRI) of my brain!
Why blog about the brain? 

Science should be accessible to everybody. Unfortunately, a great rift still divides the scientific community and the rest of society.

As a neuroscientist and lover of words, I hope to erect a bridge between the two—if not a sturdy steel suspension bridge, at the very least some rope rungs onto which everybody may hold.

The purpose of Gaines, on Brains is to introduce recent discoveries in neuroscience to science lovers and non-lovers—in words that everybody can understand!


About Gaines (and her brains)
Jordan Gaines — Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate & science writer

My interest in the brain was conceived after working in the rehab unit of a retirement home in high school and having a remote control thrown at me. 

I had spent hours with this particular resident the previous day, chatting about her three late husbands, teaching career, and her grandchildren's hobbies. Twenty-four hours later, however, I was a complete stranger.

How was it that her brain—neurons with which she'd been born, chemicals that dictated her personality—could betray her in such a way?

I graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2011 with my B.A. in biology and neuroscience. When I wasn't studying, waking up at 5 AM for crew practice, or watching hilariously-subtitled Korean TV shows with my roommates, I could be found in the lab studying limb regeneration in the axolotl.

Currently, I'm a 2nd-year Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at Penn State College of Medicine. I'm lucky enough to be studying one of my favorite activities: sleep! If you'd like to hear more about my graduate school progress, please feel free to e-mail me—I'd love to chat about it.

Besides blogging about neuroscience, I enjoy tinkering around on my clarinet, doodling, eating cake, being a gym rat (you know, to cancel out the cake), reading anything with words, and volunteering as a dog walker for my local Humane Society. I am also the social media editor for ScienceSeeker and a reviewer for the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.


What others are saying:

"A fantastic blog about neuroscience and behavior." -Sarah Jane Alger, The Scorpion and the Frog

"It's very interesting reading." -Kourtney Geers, PennLive.com community producer

"I really love the topic choices." -JoAnna Klein, On Again Rat Again

"Well-written." -American Biotechnologist 

"My culture is in desperate need of science writers, so thank you for your contribution." -A reader of my PennLive.com blog "Gaines Explains Brains"