Today was the presentations from UCR RISE summer program and undergraduate student Na Jeong showed her work on studying the inhibitory properties of the H. polyrhiza species of chytrid on several Ascomycete fungi. She was mentored by Steven Ahrendt in the lab who first made this observation. Here is Na presenting her work and with Jason and Steven.
Andrii has returned to Durham after a short stint in the lab to pick up some new skills and teach us more about culturing and major questions in Entomophthorales fungi. He did a nice writeup on his establishment of a copepod colony which we will use for our future attempt to get Coelomomyces colonies in the lab.
He has posted his farewell talk that spans a few of the projects he has been working on his website too -take a look here.
I can safely say everyone had a good time at Fungal Genetics at the Asilomar Conference Grounds earlier this month. So much fun it too us a week to catch up on sleep and dig out from work left undone.
Here are a few pictures from poster presentations. We didn’t get everyone’s picture captured in the chaotic swirl of the poster session unfortunately. I’m really proud of how well everyone did and the apparent interest in our projects.
I also launched our fungidb.org database website at the meeting and got chance to tell more people about our ambitions and hopes for it.
It was also a real treat to see longtime friends and mentors and have the chance to swap stories.
Chris Fields and I spoke about BioPerl past and present and tried to convince computer science types that biology is in fact interesting on TWiT.tv FLOSS. Check out the podcast for Episode 96.
A talk today in the CS department on open problems in bioinformatics and hope to entice some computer scientists to work on more of the problems here. Here are the slides in PDF and on SlideShare.
I also had a chance to present some work at UCLA in their Bioinformatics series and the PDF and SlideShare are available.
My presentation from BSA/MSA 2009 on early fungal evolution inferred from the chytrid genome is available here. The conference was great for the time I could be there and the interaction with mycologists and botanists at the meeting seemed to be really helpful (I caught a few botany talks) and catching up with new and old friends is a great bonus at these meetings.