Department seminar and committee meeting - done and done. .
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Sunday morning prep for tomorrow’s presentation and meeting with my committee. .
Once or twice per year PhD students meet with their mentor and thesis committee to go over their progress on their project goals. In our department we also give annual department seminars prior to the committee meeting, which is a great opportunity to practice giving talks and answering questions.
Only a little bit of science this Friday but I’m bracing myself for SFN18! .
We use a cool technique in lab called voltage clamp fluorometry which lets you track the movement of a protein by attaching a fluorescent dye to a part of the protein we know moves. Then we measure how the fluorescence changes when our protein is going through a change in conformation. This isn’t a technique I get to do everyday so it’s always fun to get to spend a day in the dark room.
Preparing for the Society for Neuroscience Conference (SFN) has kicked into overdrive.
I got just a little taste of fall this weekend on lab retreat with the research team Andrew is a part of.
I can’t believe it’s already been a month since our wedding day! I can’t wait to visit this fella in San Diego this weekend and celebrate.
I’m so excited to dig into this book. I’ve been seeing posts about it everywhere. Plus a little Tuesday brew to take the edge off an already intense week! This is a weekday evening done right.
This is how fast it feels like I’m working when I’m on cup of coffee number 3. ☕️☕️☕️
This is just some plain ‘ol bench work, but it’s really making my fantasize about how much I could get done if I could work this quickly. 😂
This video from @soccershape has brought me so much happiness. Plus shoutout to @pebble_rain for being the real hero and taking this clip!
I’m really feeling this whole multitasking-while-experiments-are-running deal (especially considering how behind I am on working on my journal club presentation for Friday). To stay up-to-date on recent research our department meets to go over a current research article to discuss and I’m pretty excited for the paper I get to present.
Today was a big win - first successful data collection with our robots! So we let the robot run the experiment while we had cake.
Morning coffees and neurotransmitters. .
Neurotransmitters are key signaling molecules found in the brain that act on proteins located in the cell membrane. Based on what kind of receptor protein the neurotransmitter binds to, the neurotransmitter can either excite (increase the likelihood an action potential will be fired) or inhibit (decrease the likelihood an action potential will be fired) the cell that the receptor is a part of. In short, cell membranes and neurotransmitters are cool!