In vivo crystals—crystals that grow inside cell organelles or cytoplasm—are a fascinating natural phenomenon and perhaps more common than we realize. But how do we know they are there unless we have a way to look for them? Read my commentary in this month’s Journal of Applied Crystallography on the method that Lahey-Rudolph et al. have developed to screen for crystals in cellulo.
Covid19 has changed the way we teach and hold conferences. I will be zooming a practical crystallization workshop for the INSTRUCT-ERIC course at the University of Rosario, Argentinia. Read more here.
This is a repeat of the successful 2019 workshop about tools for doing crystallography. I will be speaking about crystallization again this year. Only 30 applicants are accepted to give plenty of opportunity for interaction with the tutors. Read more here.
Fortunately the typhoon did not affect us in Osaka.
I gave the last talk of the symposium. This is a challenging spot to have in any program. You definitely want to stick to your time limit so you don't make anyone miss their airplane or train home.
Just back from my busman's holiday in Lausanne, Switzerland where I attended the 11th World Conference of Science Journalists. No, I am not a journalist, but I am interested in science communication.
The conference included visits to laboratories, films, panel discussions, and podcasts. The biggest problem was deciding which of the 60 sessions to attend.
Some of the ones I attended were: Palliative care research: it's not about dying; Harrassment in science; Fake science; Visual literacy for scientists; Understanding random control trials; The tumor microenvironment; Science in extreme environments; and Reporting on scientific misconduct.
As you can see, it was a varied and interesting program and I got to visit three labs. Yep, that's my idea of a great vacation.
This is a long-standing summer tradition in our lab—making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. This year’s three flavors were saffran & pistachio, chocolate, and coffee.
Just got back from the ccp4 workshop SEA COAST. I lectured about crystallization strategy and my favorite optimization method, matrix microseeding. Bangkok in January is not a bad idea. I left the Arlanda airport deep in snow, -8°C, and arrived in Bangkok, a pleasant 22°C.