June Research Update

For the past month, I have been working on expressing my mutant thyroid hormone receptor A382PfsX7 and a wild-type TRa1 within HeLa cells. (What are “HeLa” cells? An immortal human cell line often used in scientific research. These cells were derived from Henrietta Lacks, who died of cancer back in 1951.) This process requires that I […]

Greenhouse Gas Research: Test Runs and Analyzer Adventures

The first half of summer research has flown by with all sorts of adventures, including nighttime sampling, pool noodle shopping, and troubleshooting a faulty detector on the greenhouse gas analyzer.   A few weeks ago I added the finishing touches to my chambers by installing tiny fans inside the head-space and covering the outside with […]

Greenhouse Gas Research Stage One: Building Flux Chambers

Constructing static flux chambers outside the Keck Lab

Summer research down at the Keck lab is off to a busy start, with student projects including everything from turtle research to denitrification polymers. My project involves quantifying the amounts of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide) being emitted from local ponds and lakes.  While we often associate greenhouse gases with driving cars […]