Huge congratulations to Patrick VanVolkingburgh, who completed his work placement and will soon graduate from St Lawrence College. Pat did an absolutely fantastic job setting up the lab over the past few months. He organized all of our biological samples and chemicals, and got us up and running on Quartzy. He made molar stock solutions, growth media, competent bacterial cells (very efficient ones, at that!), cleaned up and tested old equipment, designed primers, troubleshooted PCRs, and helped establish plant growth conditions. And, on top of all that, he was a pleasure to work with.
Pat won second prize at the Biotechnology Advanced poster session today – well-deserved recognition for his excellent work.