[Histonet] Re: Histonet Digest, Vol 46, Issue 49

From:Eric Hoy

Previously on Histonet:

Mark Tarango said:

> From: "Tarango, Mark" 
> Subject: RE: [Histonet] How to choose a topic of a master degree
> thesis?
> Choose something that you can match up with some other assays. If you
> are going to do IHC pick a gene and use an antibody against the
> protein...and then come up with a good story about what it all means.
> Do some FISH, PCR and other stuff to support the IHC.  Doing IHC alone
> would most likely make for a really boring paper.
In reply to:
> Glad to be here.This is  my very post here.Iam preparing to do a master
> degree in anatomical pathology and I am little confused
> how can I choose a topic to work on my thesis? My supervisor said to me
> go
> to GOOGLE but google made me more confused!
> By the way I am in Egypt and interest in immunohistochemistry studies
> .but
> which organ I choose ?what disease I choose???
> Any comment.

My comment:
I agree with Mark Tarango.  The IHC should just be one technique that you
use in pursuing a more general question.  When I did my dissertation, I used
IHC in conjunction with other histopathologic findings, immunological tests,
and microbial cell culture to look at the pathology of Chlamydial
pneumonitis in newborn mice.  The IHC photos were a big hit with everyone on
my examining committee, but they were only a small part of the overall data.

My second opinion is that Google is a terrible place to look for a topic for
research.  I agree with those who have said to talk to mentors at your
university.  That way, when a problem arises (and I assure you that one
will), you will have someone local to consult.

Best wishes for your thesis research!

Eric Hoy (Ph.D. In Pathology, University of Illinois College of Medicine,

Eric S. Hoy, Ph.D., SI(ASCP)
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas
Email: Eric.Hoy@UTSouthwestern.edu

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