Month: September 2013

Protein Gels and Microscopy

Over the past year in the Bogyo lab at Stanford I have greatly expanded my repertoire of organic chemistry and biochemistry techniques. This was absolutely my goal in joining the lab. Unfortunately, all the assays are visualized with some form of protein gel. These patterns of black bands can be crazy exciting, but to a cell biology, they fall short of that visual pizzaz that comes from looking at an actual organism. The gel below represents a huge triumph in my research, but it certainly lacks that “ohhh/awww” factor outside of a very specific audience such as the one I presented to at the Pacific Coast Protease Meeting


(As a side note, some people would consider this intriguing and potentially art, but they are the rare visionaries.) 

Recently, I have begun to include some more cell biology and microscopy into my project; but so far only fluorescent Toxoplasma as I search for abnormalities in development or structure. 

Not yet drool-worthy eye candy, but soon it will be back in the realm of my thesis work as published in Cellular Microbiology and International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology.

Though as scientist we are constantly broadening our horizons and always learning, it’s nice to go back to something we love every now and then.  


Advertising an event: emails and social media

My first responsibility as part of the Women in Bio planning committee has been to advertise for an exciting upcoming entrepreneurial event, “Beyond Financing: From Incorporation to Exit”. This is the second in WiB’s “Meet the Experts” series and has an impressive panel of venture capitalists, innovation center members, and corporate attorneys to answer questions. What has really struck me is how responsive people have been to my cold-call emails asking for help getting the word out. Despite how busy everyone is and the triaging of inboxes to optimize their time, the vast majority of people I have contacted have replied and sent out mass emails with the event information. In addition to emails, I’ve asked many of them to tweet the event or comment on their LinkedIn sites as I’m curious how many registrants we can get from these social media outlets. In my own tweets about the event I’ve mentioned several women-focused entrepreneurial groups and all of them have retweeted the information, showing just how quickly and unobtrusively you can spread the word using social media. The event will be great and I’m certain it will be a full house.  

Event Info:

Wednesday September 18, 2013
6:00pm – 9:00pm
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Byers Auditorium – Genentech Hall
600 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94158-2517