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Big news!I will be joining the faculty of Concordia University as an assistant professor in Biochemistry on August 1st. The Findlay Lab will work on unlocking the biosynthetic repertoire of bacteria, particularly on production of “cryptic” antibiotics,...
For a variety of reasons I’m taking stock of the various books I’ve purchased, appropriated from the group stores, or borrowed from the University’s library. Most serve as long-term references, though the occasional book is for searching for...
I got a request for some more details on the methanol/water bath from a few weeks back. Enjoy!  Step 1: Pick a Dewar and Measure the SolventsThe desired ratios are in the last post. For this example I’ll be making a -20 C bath, which requires...

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This is one topic that I thought could have used a little more attention in Getting What You Came For (review pending), given that its the one decision that has the largest impact on graduate school success. So, here are my thoughts.First, a caveat. My experience...
*This post is dedicated to BRSM, on the occasion of his move to the United States*Let’s talk language. Time, geographical separation, and the odd rebellion have pulled the United States and the United Kingdom apart, and this has left it’s mark on...
How do you properly hold a spatula/scoopula or a Pasteur pipette? isn’t a question I’m often asked on this blog [1], but it is something I’m a little pedantic about.Pasteur pipettes are best gripped with the bottom three fingers of your hand,...

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I had completely forgotten that today was my 2nd anniversary as a blogger until my girlfriend sent me this photo a bit earlier:Apparently, as there were no number 2 candles (cf. last year), she instead made two cakes (possibly setting a dangerous precedent...
The awesome blogosphere has been joining in on the Blog Party in aid of @BRSM_Blog’s imminent departure from the UK. Here is around-upof the posts so far. Have you written a post? If so, just share on twitter using the hashtag #brsmblogparty. If you don’t...
The awesome blogosphere has been joining in on the Blog Party in aid of @BRSM_Blog’s imminent departure from the UK. Here is around-upof the posts so far. Have you written a post? If so, just share on twitter using the hashtag #brsmblogparty. If you don’t...