The undergraduates in the Salaita lab working this summer presented at a Symposium this past Thursday! Richard Park, Kevin Gale and Edward Fan - we are SO proud of them! Unfortunately, I realize now that I did not get a photo of Richard! The pictures I do have I've posted below. They did some first class research - check it out!
Kevin worked with Zheng, one of our post-docs, and was able to show how some force actuators they constructed and plated on a surface stimulated neuron cells by tugging on them.
Edward worked with Kevin Yehl, about to graduate from the lab. Impressively, he developed a way to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) using a movement assay with silica nanoparticle walkers. He will continue his work this fall, creating an economical method to detect diseases like sickle-cell.
My friend Roger is creating a dimeric fusion construct that will act as a competitor to certain receptors on T-cells, helping rescue them from apoptosis upon becoming exhausted dealing with diseases like HIV.
What's going on in my corner of the science world? Find out here!
Rolling Statuses: Technical journal blog. Here you may discover what the daily life of a grad student looks like: day-to-day snippets of life, clutter, rolling statuses and unimportant fluff.
Progress Updates: Will include entries with more meaningful science.
Weekly lab report: My write-ups on what I did each week (I posted these publicly during my rotation but not as much now. That may change.)
Here is a link to collected writing, poster and presentation tips.
As of February 8, 2014 I have officially joined the Salaita lab!! Very exciting. Stay tuned for updates. "Micro Min" category equates to grad school journaling; most of these have moved to my status updates blog under Home tab. See "progress updates" on this blog for more important news.