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Summer happenings

Last time I checked the calendar it was still May, so I have no idea where this summer has gone. Time flies when you’re having fun in the lab! Here are some of the things I’ve been up to this summer:

Hiking up to signal hill in St. John’s

May – I attended my fourth meeting for the Canadian Society of Zoologists, which is my favourite meeting to attend! This year I got to travel to windy St. John’s, where I met up with old friends, made some new connections, and surprisingly did not get sea sick on my iceberg watching boat tour. I presented my current work on how heat shock proteins mitigate cold stress in my favorite beetle model, and got screeched in at the Yellow Belly Brewery (a must for anybody reading this who happens to be travelling out east!).

June – I spent most of June prepping samples of tissue for RNA sequencing, where I will hopefully discover some interesting differences in gene expression betweel diapausing, and cold-tolerant beetles. My samples passed Genome Quebec’s quality control with flying colours, and thus I spent most of my July drinking good beer on patios… just kidding. Only part of it.

July – Aside from my beer consumption, I spent this month learning the in’s and out’s of Western blots – which is an important skill set to have for any budding physiologist. I’m not sure if it was my good mood (from said beer drinking) or mad lab skillz, but my first attempt turned out beautifully and I can’t wait to probe for alllll the proteins!

Plans for August – Keep drinking that beer, and enjoy my last month of uninterrupted lab days before the fall semester starts and I acquire two honour’s students and an entomology course, and lose all that beer drinking time.