As Helen is presenting some of our work this summer at a Gordon Research Conference (GRC) this week in New Hampshire, I am tidying up and getting ready to go home. This summer has been super productive, and a great start to my thesis (oh my goodness, I’m actually going to be a senior REALLY soon!)
Between two trips down to the gulf to collect tar ball samples for Pat (some of which I may be working on myself in the fall/spring), lots of sequencing data and a scram to construct 16S and alkB phylogenetic trees, I deem the summer a grand success! But after said success, it’s really hard to slow down… I just want to set up more PCRs and get some more cloning and sequencing done, but anyone who knows microbiology can tell me that I am crazy and all of that will have to wait for the fall BUT I FEEL LIKE I ONLY JUST STARTED!!!
Oh well, I get to go home to Greece for three weeks before coming back to start my thesis in full swing, and I can jump on the PCRs then. For now, I have some plasmid preps to test for inserts and possibly some plasmids to send out for sequencing before I leave. And then it’s clean, clean, clean! Autoclaving, disposal of ethidium bromide waste, restocking pipette tips and inventorying supplies, all that fun stuff…
Well, it’s been a great summer, and I can’t wait to be back in the fall with cohorts Katie Sheline and Sarah Harrison! And of course Pat, Zach, Jen and anyone else affiliated with the White Lab when they aren’t busy with the Haverfordian life.