Cancer Wars: T cells Strike Back; Thanks and Farewell Hanna Starobinets

From the week of June 28 to July 4, we were thrilled to host cancer biologist Hanna Starobinets @hannastarobin at RealScientists. Under Hanna’s banner, we were embroiled in the bitter campaign against tumor cells – from their insidious attempts to subvert our own immune cells to their vicious development cycle. Then our counterattack with tumor immunology. After the vigorous routine on wound healing, we saw a briefing on cancer therapy that concluded a splendid week at the forefront.

Her work presents some awe-inspiring visuals on the cellular scale.

Outfitting soldiers in their favorite colors…

…and attack!

Hanna obliged to share her RS campaign experience with us.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

I really enjoyed it! It was great to talk about my favorite topics in my field of research and see people respond with enthusiasm.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

It wasn’t overwhelming.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Seeing the community light up with activity in response to scientific ideas that I myself am excited about.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

A week is a long time! Plenty of opportunity to fit everything in.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

Yes and yes. I decided to have a different subtopic to discuss every day and I stuck to that.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Look at Twitter Analytics to see what works. Storify your best discussions so people can look through them later.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

As I mentioned, there aren’t too many active cancer biologists on Twitter, to my knowledge. I would start with other past RS curators.

Thank you Hanna from everyone here at RSHQ for a superb week of tweets. Don’t forget to continue following Hanna on her personal account @HannaStarobin, and if you missed anything from her week be sure to check out this link which has all of the tweets in one handy spot.

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