The lab has just returned from the annual British Society for Cell Biology meeting, held in Warwick.
The science was good and the company was excellent. Things I learned:
(i) We need to encourage more members of the BSCB to turn up to this! Although there was a session on Cell Division, not that many UK labs came. (ii) Buzz Baum has a lovely group of people working for him; and he's a demon on the dance floor. (iii) If you turn up to the BSCB AGM, you're likely to come away on the committee. All in all, a very productive, interesting and fun time was had. Photos to follow.....
Our Bioinformatics collaborator, Charlotte Deane, in Oxford, e-mailed this link to me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz1fyhVOjr4 Go take a look - it's side-splittingly funny (probably because it's just so damned accurate!)
That means the BSCB is not far off.
You might ask how the lab is doing, since the last post..........Well, the Mass Spec is proving a bit more troublesome than hoped - mainly due to the machine breaking, and delaying the results. On the plus side, Pete has some (very) interesting results from some embryo injection experiments...........Jack's been in Taiwan at Tse-Bin Chou's lab, learning ovary dissection and imaging. He's just flown in and we're expecting a new, improved version (Jack 2.1)!..............Dan's got his fingers in lots of pies, and might even be about to do some experiments in human tissue culture cells (not that he knows it yet!)...........Faisal's about to start the long, hard push to the finish, and the final few months lab work. Still lots to do - June may become August......
As for me, it's been a tough term with Director of Education stuff, but I'm still hoping to get a couple of grant proposals out there for this round.
And, should everything continue as it's going, I should be beginning to write papers by the summer!!!