Welcome to Thoughtscapism! This is a blog on science, creativity, environment, health, fiction, and other various landscapes of my thoughts.
My name is Iida Ruishalme. I am a biologist specialising in biomedical research, a science communicator, and a fiction writer. My pieces have been published at Food and Farm Discussion Lab, Genetic Literacy Project, and Biofortified, as well as the cultural journal The Woolf and the Finnish newspaper Aamulehti.
I am a Finn by birth and have a Master’s degree from Sweden. I have work experience from environmental chemistry, diabetes research, pharmaceutical bio-bank labs, and lab robotics. I am a co-author of four scientific papers in the fields of insulin cell signalling and immunology.
Nowadays I live in Switzerland with my husband and two little children. My experiences of a lack of good science understanding by the public has sparked an interest in science communication. This blog is where I try to make sense of the world in a way I hope may also be useful to others.
I recently realised how closely I am following in my grandmother’s footsteps. She died when I was little, but left behind a life’s work in diverse areas of journalism, with pioneering contributions to popularisation of medical sciences (more on that in: A Tribute to My Grandmother.)
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I am active on Facebook over at my page Thoughtscapism, where I post about topics I find interesting on a near daily basis. I can also be found on Twitter, I keep a collection of my infographics on Pinterest, and periodically answer science questions on Quora.
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