Last week, the lab took a visit to the UCI Medical Center’s clinical microbiology lab. We got a tour of the lab, and learned how patient blood samples are diagnosed as having bacterial contamination.
Showing a diagnostic strip – suspended cultures are spotted onto each slot of the strip and can be read the next day.
The wonderful people at the MBB office gave us a heads up that they had some sandwiches in the office, so the lab came out to visit. Pic courtesy of Dr. Whiteson
This past Halloween, we spent part of our day coming in and out of the break room to paint a mural! We traced the image with the projector, painted on the tables, and mounted it on the wall.
Meanwhile, Stephen also finished a successful sequencing run…
Stephen and Tara visited Washington D.C. over the weekend and snapped this magazine cover-worthy picture. Whiteson quarterly coming soon.
The Whiteson Lab spider infests the lab for Halloween…
…with thanks to Stephen.
Sequencing library preparation of metagenomic DNA from rat cecum. using Illumina’s Nextera kit scaled down as shown by Lamble 2013 and Baym 2015. Via Stephen.
As part of her BEST IGERT fellowship training, Tara spent the afternoon in the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (LFD) learning how to image cell organelles with a confocal microscope and measure NADH using fluorescent lifetime imaging microscope (FLIM).
Tara built a simple laser speckle contrast imaging system, using it to visualize flow movement in milk and (attempt to) visualize blood flow in her finger.