Between settling into a new city and new lab, our first week in Ghana has been extremely busy! After our arrival last Friday, we were able to take a little break from science and become accustomed to our new surroundings over the weekend. We explored a big market, called Kaneshie market, near where we live, and have also found several places near the International Student’s Hostel, where we’re staying, to buy food. Our hostel had a communal kitchen that we can cook in, and have had some successful and delicious dinners of rice and cooked vegetables.
Our first full day in lab was this past Monday, and we got a tour of the University of Ghana’s Microbiology Department. Our lab is extremely nice, and our hosts have done a wonderful job of making sure that we have everything that we need.
So far, we’ve been able to get lots of work done and haven’t encountered too many problems. We have lots of different PCRs to run on many different samples, so hopefully we’ll be able to get all the data gathered during our time here. Also, it seems so far that our A6 cells are alive, though they are growing slowly. Hopefully we’ll be able to have a happy culture of cells growing soon.