The lab had a very successful Fungal Genetics Conference in Asilomar, CA. All lab members gave great presentations. We drove down in a van and had a lot of fun with stops for milk shakes, olives, and even olive milk shakes.
I returned home for a week and then headed to Thailand, where I participated in Sing's defense. Sing was a visiting student from Prince Songkla University in Thailand. She works works on endophytes of seagrasses as a source of biologically active natural products. She successfully defended her thesis and will graduate in May! As always, Thailand was amazing. This time we were mostly in the south in Hat Yai near the Malaysian border.
Teppo our visiting graduate student from Finland via Norway completed his 3 month visit and has gone back to Norway with his family. We really enjoyed having him as part of the lab and will miss him and his family.
Alisha is in Nancy, France for two months. She is visiting Francis Martin's lab where she is learning some metagenomic assembly approaches for Elaphomyces. Sounds like she has hit the ground running. Perhaps she will contribute to blog from Nancy (hint hint).
We also welcome our newest lab member, Dabao Sun Lu. He is a Fulbright scholar from Norway and is in a MS program in Botany and Plant Pathology. Welcome Dabao!!
Kathryn, Derek and Alija are holding down the fort while I am gone. I have a great lab who keep things running despite me. Thanks so much to all of them.
And now I am in Amsterdam for the CBS 1 Fungus = Which Genes conference. Should be a good one. WiFi willing, I will post and tweet