Welcome to the Secret Passions Gallery where we give you a platform to share your passions. We are looking for an excuse to get to learn about the hobbies and interests of more folks around the Martinos Center. So, get in touch with us through our contact submission form on the website, message us on Teams, or shoot us an old-fashioned email if you have something you love to do and can’t wait to share with others. InsideOut is all ears!
First edition, August 9th, 2022:
Jackson Nolan got a chance to sit down with Josué Llamas Rodríguez, a research tech in the Augustinack Lab, who specializes in histological staining for Tau protein. lHe is applying his expertise to several studies focused on the relation between Tau protein in the Entorhinal Cortex and Alzheimer’s Disease. But that never came up in their discussions; Jackson was far more interested in his experience as a competitive ballroom dancer while he was studying at Tufts. He was, according to him, ‘tricked into joining the dance team,’ but quickly turned it into a passion. After practicing and competing for 4 years at Tufts, he still frequents social ballroom events today!
Jackson also got to speak with Jessica Kelemen about her hobby, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, something she wanted to do since she was a kid. Well, she wanted to do martial arts as a kid, and found one that she loves a few years back and has been training at it since! When she’s not working with scan subjects for intensive sessions as a project manager in the Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery, you might be able to find her practicing her guards and rolling at her gym. Note the cartoons of the holds featured in this video were created by Jingyuan Chen, previously featured in one of our Meet the Artist posts. To see more of her work, visit her InsideOut Virtual Art Gallery.