After a very quick first semester at Austin College I am spending Jan-Term setting up my lab and getting ready for the Spring Semester. Setting up lab will include getting my FPLC assembled and running smoothly as well as generating freezer stocks for my cells and plasmids. In the spring Semester I will be co-teaching Biochemistry 2 with John Richardson as well as teaching General Chemistry 2 and running labs for both courses.
Biophysical Society 2014
This year I was fortunate to be selected to give a Platform Talk at the Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco on my research with students at Amherst College. As I was the only of the final 4 speakers to actually make it to the conference (blizzards are bad for science) I want to thank the attenders for sticking around for my talk.
"Stability and Dynamics of Alpha Crystallin Oligomers Probed by FRET and FCS Reveal Persistent Oligomerization Under Dilute Conditions"
Happy Endings and Beginnings
As 2013 ends I can't help but thank the students from Chem131 for such a great Fall semester. Here they have just completed assembling a model of a nine residue peptide hormone in one of our labs.
As 2014 begins I also get to celebrate Pat O'Hara's FRAP award which was funded to upgrade our single molecule detectors! These will enable our lab to return to true single molecule FRET measurements.
Raysa Cabrejo and Shahzad Anwar worked with me in lab this summer to get a head start on their Thesis Projects. Alex Pearlman was awarded a Post-Bacc Scholarship and was able to spent ~9 weeks in lab to tie up loose ends and generate some exciting new data.
Can a Biologist fix a Radio? (With apologies to any biologists)
I was just introduced to an interesting article that tries to explain biological research with the crazy analogy of biologists attempting to fix a transistor radio.
Take a quick read if you are interested: