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? Want to know what the heck I do in lab or wonder what the life of a grad student is like? Need Orgo tutoring notes? Then this is the blog for you! Also, check out my FAQ about grad life and the Salaita lab. Look here for fun facts about lab members.
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.