9/30/2021 0 Comments
The problem with studying small brains is that they are, in fact, small brains. If you've ever worked with brain tissues, you know that they are malleable, so small bits rarely hold their shape. We want to compare brain structures between hexapods (insects), stomatopods (mantis shrimps), and copepods and ostracods. Those last two? TINY BRAINS!
I just won a CORE-grant to sequencing single cell transcriptomes from 8 biological samples. I'll be generating data from all four groups to look at homologous and convergent structures at a cellular level.
I also just looked up how to order a cockroach. I'm all for science being unpredictable, but this is just not what I thought my online shopping would look like today. Hmmm.
Right now I am ramping up work on an NSF-funded project to examine structures in the brains of different arthropods. Todd and I applied for a "REPS" scholar (Research Experience for Post-Baccalaureate Students) and today we got a notice of award! I'm really excited to get to work with this younger researcher to expand this project- two brains (or fifty, in the freezer) are better than one!
It's crazy, but I've been here a month already! Time truly does fly when you're having fun, and I spend most of every day pretty ecstatic.
All told, it was 8 HOURS of safety training (not kidding. I counted) across various videos. I am very grateful that UCSB required me to upload my vaccination card before coming onto campus; we're back to masking indoors as well and I am very happy to be at a university that values my safety.
I still occasionally get lost on campus, but one of my amazing lab-mates is always game to get snacks/coffee so the three of them make sure I get home safe.
Check out the projects listed under Research as they continue to expand!