Life in the lab
Cell biology as a passion
We can learn a lot about our cells by just looking at them. We study the intersection between cell signalling and membrane trafficking.
To find new important players in the mechanisms (new "targets"), we use aim to harness the power of genetic screens.
If we get lucky with our searches, we find new genes to investigate in focussed experiments. Media colour changes indicate higher rates of glycolysis (i.e. we have altered cell metabolism)
Out mighty workhorse: the confocal
Kaylee doing some cell imaging to study mitochondrial dynamics
We often use fluorescently tagged proteins that enable us to follow processes in live cells. These tools are so robust, you can notice their colours with the naked eye.
The foundation is still biochemistry
Monica diligently plugging away: the clearest answers still often come from simple experiments performed with the humble western blot.
Science and art, a perfect combination
Its nice to get away from the lab, here at a painting (by numbers) day by the beach.
whenever possible, we look for a chance to go for some drinks and chat
Here is Mahmud finishing up. Getting a PhD is a serious achievement. Time for a serious photo.