The lab is back from conferences this summer. The Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology Gordon Research Conference in Holderness, NH and the 11th International Mycological Congress in Puerto Rico. Tania also gave her first talk at the Black Yeast workshop held in Amsterdam as part of the ISHAM meeting.
- We said bye to Marco Marconi, visiting student from the Wilkinson Lab in Madrid, in December. He worked on some data mining from the 1KFG project and brought some new R tools for looking for enrichment across the CAZY, Interpro, and Pfam differences in species.
- We welcome Plant Pathology graduate student Derreck Carter-House to the lab in January – after spending time working on molecular biology projects in plants and plant-microbe interactions in another lab.
- Jason went across to England to serve on Ensembl Genomes SAB and give seminar at University of Exeter – he came back with more appreciation for sunny California winters.
I am back from a short trip to Ireland where I gave a seminar at National University of Ireland, Maynooth and spend some time with folks interested in evolution or fungi like David Fitzpatrick, James McInerney, Davide Pisani. I also learned about a new spinoff company from one of the faculty producing media that will help Bee immune systems. In my chats with some of the faculty I found out that I had lots in common with Sean Doyle on Aspergillus and some basidiomycete genomics questions and also much in common with Gary Jones working on prions in yeast. After my trip to Maynooth, I spent a few days in Dublin afterwards to see the town which included a visit with some Dublin yeast researchers Ken Wolfe and Geraldine Butler who took me out to see Newgrange.
I learned that there is an abundance of yeast research in Ireland. In addition to the researchers there is a whole shop devoted to Yeast.
And my visit to the Guinness Brewery at St. James Gate taught me that that Yeast is a national treasure in Ireland.
Complete with an important safe for insuring there are backup strains. I have to assume there is a -80 freezer somewhere in the Guinness complex holding old strains as well.
Did you know one of the master brewers at Guinness was also the inventor of the Student’s T-test? Here’s the proof
So it was great to visit and look forward to going back at least in 2012 when SMBE will be held in Dublin.