Wow i’m tired writing this, had a few things to sort out when i got home, and here i am, its gone midnight and I’ve just sat down to write!
Today I got into work around 9.30, and headed straight to the office, knowing my lab work would be minimal today (it’s really not been a good week for lab work!). I answer an email to our Bioscience PhD forum account about PhD funding for international students. This should have been a quick task, but I ended up going way over the top researching different ways that international students can study in the UK. But at least I felt I had done my good deed for the day.
I enjoyed a nice cup of redbush tea as I answered my emails, and then figured out that I don’t think I will be able to afford to attend the conference I was researching yesterday, which is a shame. I did a little bit of reading, before the 12 noon lab meeting, which was pretty short, with only one 15 minute presentation, then 10-15 mins chatting. I eat my lunch (cous-cous today!) whilst watching the presentation. I’m waiting for a seminar on cryo-electron microscopy at 2 pm, so quickly pop down to NMR to check if i am still ok to run my samples tomorrow.
Unfortunately, the only person who could help me set up my particular experiments tomorrow (they are very complicated) is off ill, so i’m having to reschedule for next week! Really not a good week for science. After a quick chat, I head back up to the seminar room. It’s an interesting talk, but takes over an hour with questions!
After the seminar i venture into the lab, to find that my supervisor has troubleshooted the FPLC issues, tracing it to a clogged in-line filter. I clean this by making up a concentrated sodium hydroxide solution, and using it for sonicating (blasting with sonic waves in liquid) the filter. I then wash with ethanol and water. I do a little planning with my supervisor, and coordinate with one of the undergrads i am sharing the FPLC with.
I help the same undergrad inject yet another sample onto the FPLC (he has been producing proteins like a machine this week!), then head home around 5pm.
The forecast for tomorrow (or today seeing as it is early Friday morning when i am writing this!) calls for SOME ACTUAL LAB WORK, WOO!
As always, thanks for reading,