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Robby Bowles

A Scientist at Duke University with a passion for photography and imaging.

Medical researcher at Duke University with a passion for photography.  My research focuses on back pain and tissue engineering, while much of my spare time ( the little there is) is spent doing photography.  My deep desire is to end pain and suffering and I use both my research and photography to work towards this goal.
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Co-founder of #ScienceSunday here on plus.

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Recent Popular Posts
About 11 weeks ago The Unexpected.

While out photographing Snowy Owls on Amherst Island this year, this hawk decided to get pretty close to me.  I always attempt to maintain my distance from the wildlife I photograph out of respect for them.  This hawk was not concerned about me and landed quite close to me.  I was appreciative of the great opportunity to get a close shot to this beautiful hawk.  You never know what to expect each day you go out to shoot, but I always enjoy it.  All in all, it was a great day of photography.

Cheers everyone.

Prints of this shot and other wildlife photographs available on my website at

#WildlifeWednesday  (+Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus)

About 13 weeks ago Science in Action

I thought it would be fun to start snapping some photos of the science I'm doing on a daily basis. There are often cool visuals that we see everyday that you would never see unless you worked in a lab. This is a photo of our centrifuge as we purify plasmid for a lentiviral gene delivery experiment.


About 10 weeks ago Carry The One Radio:  Tapping Into the Brains Avoidance Centers

Check out +ScienceSunday's content partner, Carry the One Radio, and their new episode with Dr. Garret Stuber at UNC, Chapel Hill.

The What - Traditionally, dopamine is known to transmit reward signals (food, sex, etc.) in the brain and promote behaviors that lead to that reward again. What you may not know, however, is that the area of the brain that releases dopamine, the ventral midbrain, also receives signals of aversion (things we find unpleasant or even dangerous) from a far-off brain region called the lateral habenula. These avoidance signals promote behaviors that lead us to avoid unpleasant or dangerous things in the world.

The Lab - These brain circuits are necessary for survival and are the focus of Dr. Garret Stuber and his laboratory at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Using a tool known as optogenetics