Did a couple interviews recently talking about some of the cool new projects in the lab!
The lab exploded this summer, but just with people, which was good. We hosted a visiting scientist, Robert Luallen, who we took out to ping pong when his time was over.
When he didn't end up leaving the lab got him a cake which finally convinced him to head back to San Diego.
We also had the first annual Reinke lab Worm Olympics! Here is a WormOlymPic:
We also had a joint lab BBQ with the Claycomb and Ensminger labs. Rain happened and it had to be moved inside but that at least allowed for an epic match of Jenga.
In the meantime, we mapped genes involved in resistance to microsporidia, identified small molecule inhibitors of microsporidia, sequenced and assembled new microsporidia genomes, and figured out how transgenerational immunity to microsporidia might be induced!
The lab celebrated the day in the traditional manner, by having apple and sour cherry pie during lab meeting. This was followed by a lab selfie that the king and queen of Belgium happened to accidentally photobomb.
Christmas came early. The day before the holiday break, Santa (Bio-Rad) brought us toys (thermocyclers and protein electrophoresis equipment)!
Started the lab three months ago. This is what it looked like back then:
And this is what it looks like now:
Thanks to Winnie and the 4 MoGen rotation students for making it look like we are doing stuff!