Archive for February, 2010
This last week carried some pretty cool experiences. There was the second Caspase-8 Symposium, held at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, where Dr. Jill Lahti , a guru of Neuroblastoma research, was the keynote speaker.
The next day, Dr. Lahti, my mentor, a pediatric oncologist, a clinical histopathologist, and I got together at Rady Children’s Hospital and learned a bit about Caspase 8 and Neuroblastoma.
It’s exciting and motivating, to say the least. And now, it’s crunch time!
This last year I’ve been helping out with a class taught by Tony Pelletier down at the Bishop’s School in La Jolla. He teaches a high school course on biotechnology and I’ve provided him and his kids with reagents and a mutagenesis/cloning strategy. His kids are very bright and apparently fairly clever as well. The other day Tony (or “Doc” as he is known to his kids) paid me a visit at the cancer center and gave me a few of his students’ recent creations. They were quite delicious too! Notice the pipet and the DNA gel.