We had two terrific high school interns in our lab this summer, Ayah Idris and Gurleen Bassi. Ayah and Gurleen constructed a genetic reporter for detecting ribosome pauses in E. coli. Max was a fantastic mentor and taught them translation biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular cloning. In addition, both Ayah and Gurleen turned out to be Python wizards: They learned to read data files with Pandas, identify prime numbers, and use Python to send mass spam – all within two days! The jupyterhub setup by Fred Hutch Scientific Computing made all this really easy. Ayah will be starting as a freshman at UW and Gurleen will continue as a high school senior in Federal Way. Good luck, Ayah and Gurleen!
Heungwon Park has joined our lab as a postdoc. Heungwon plans to develop biochemically-accurate, kinetic models of protein synthesis in eukaryotic cells.
Max Ferrin, who just finished his undergrad at UW, will be starting along with me at the Hutch in July. Max is planning to study bacterial translation using genome-wide and biochemical approaches.
I am moving to Seattle in July – I am excited to become part of the Fred Hutch community!
I am trying to set up the lab as much as possible from Boston. Items on my agenda include recruiting a research assistant, setting up the lab server, shipping strains and plasmids, ordering consumables, and buying used equipment for the lab.
As a first step, I have shamelessly cloned the website of my soon-to-be colleague, Trevor Bedford. I have become a fan of Version Control and Markdown in the last few months, and Trevor's website is a great showcase for the simplicity and efficiency of these two tools.