Iris Kulbatski, PhD

Iris, a neuroscientist by training and word surgeon by trade, is an assistant science editor with The Scientist's Creative Services Team. Her work has appeared in various online and print publications, including Discover Magazine, Medgadget, National Post, The Toronto Star and others. She holds a PhD in Medical Science and a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Her left and right brain converse on a regular basis. Once in a while, they collaborate.

Articles by Iris Kulbatski, PhD
Conceptual image of hair loss showing trees in the shape of a human head at various seasonal stages of shedding their leaves.
Islands of Knowledge: Hairy Skin Moles Make Their Mark
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 7, 2023 | 3 min read
Skin moles that sprout thick, long hairs produce signaling molecules that stimulate hair follicle stem cells to initiate new hair growth. This discovery may make baldness a thing of the past.
Human finger touching a conceptual image of a brain, triggering an electrical spark.
Shaping Brain Recovery Using Bioelectricity
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 4, 2023 | 3 min read
Scientists are decoding how electrically stimulating transplanted stem cells helps heal the injured brain.
Image representing states of consciousness
High Time: The Roles of Endogenous Psychedelics
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Steven Barker is on a forty-seven-year-long journey to understand the mind-blowing science of psychedelics.
Conceptual dot-based image of an eye on a predominantly blue background.
On-Again, Off-Again Connections Advance Eye Regeneration
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jul 10, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers track neural connections between retinal cells in a dish to understand their therapeutic potential.
Green-themed conceptual illustration of a human profile with abstract patterns that represent smelling.
Disease Scent Signatures Disclose What the Nose Knows
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jun 12, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers redefine the lost art of smelling illness using one woman’s exquisitely sensitive nose.
Time Traveling Mini-Brains on a Mission to Conquer Space
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 5 min read
Alysson Muotri launched brain organoids into outer space and found that microgravity enriches our understanding of brain development and disease.
Infographic showing how scientists hack the locust brain to identify the unique odor signatures of oral cancers
Infographic: Scents and Sense-Abilities
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 1 min read
Scientists hack the locust brain to identify the unique odor signatures of oral cancers.
Woman with her back to camera, with arms stretched out, soaking up the sunshine
A Genetic Predisposition to Vitamin D Deficiency Contributes to Severe COVID-19
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 3 min read
Ana Teresa Freitas discussed how individual variation in vitamin D synthesis and metabolism influences susceptibility to upper respiratory viruses.
Aerial view Mangrove forest and canal through the forest.
Garbage to Guts: The Slow-Churn of Plastic Waste
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 4 min read
The winding trail of environmental microplastics leads researchers to the human digestive ecosystem.
Conceptual image of doctors and scientists analyzing and treating skin, with an emphasis on the hair follicle and skin layers.
Getting to the Root of Skin Healing
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Apr 11, 2023 | 4 min read
Scientists reveal how the intimate link between hair follicles and wound healing is more than skin deep.