Monday, January 19, 2009

And wearing this costume- Jayme if you do your Macha dance and singing, then I am sure, you will get the 1st prize for the Halloween party costume!!

Chris-I hope your long journey was not bad?


Friday, January 16, 2009


Definitely my 2009's MMI Halloween party costume.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Over-exuberant blogger

From a blog concerning the report of stable Wolbachia infection in Aedes aegypti...

"What if the bacteria is transmittable from mosquito to human? and what if this results in a deadly, mutated bacterium-viral cocktail and a new plague is unleashed!? ...You didn't need the sleep anyway! " by sergeantP

I think that we won't lose sleep over this... CC

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Ok guys in the lab; can you please be a bit more careful with the insectary facility and make sure you close the doors to the GM suite when you're done with assays. GD

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

No worries...

Interesting article from Bitesize Bio about Why You Shouldn't Worry About Getting Results.
Wise words, but we'll see how effective they'll be the next time my PCR or plaque assay doesn't work :)

- Shuzhen

Write Here, Write now

Had a Committee meeting before the holidays and I got the OK to start writing my thesis. So I'm making the outline and realizing this is like "What I Did on my Summer Vacation" only it's hundreds of pages longer and is going to contain a lot of big words and acronyms most of my family and friends won't understand. Ok, it's more complicated than that but I've never tried to compile and analyze 5 years of my life before. Luckily, I get to focus on the parts that went well and leave out all the stuff that didn't work. That still leaves a lot to be described and discussed and woven into chapters that tell a story. It's daunting but at least I knew that going in.

What I didn't anticipate is the reaction of other people when I tell them the end is in sight. Most people outside of science say something along the lines of "God, you've been in school forever." Trying to then explain what a "post-doc" is drives home the feeling that thorough training takes forever. And because they're familiar with the training process, most science-friendly people ask about where I'm going next (which is another issue altogether). And still others don't even want to hear about it because their own work has hit a slow point. If I was the type of girl to wear T-shirts, I'd get this one so no one would have to ask:


My first comprehensive set of microarray experiments using a 2,300 gene A. gambiae cDNA microarray. Assays performed with colleagues at EMBL in 2000. GD


A memory from ancient times: Vasso, Antonio, George, Yuemei and Lalita.


I guess we will only membrane feed from now on. Right Chris?