My short wonderful experience in the Hom Lab

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Because moving for work for a few months 7,341 km away from home, where none speaks your mother language and where everything is so, so different, can be hard… I just want to thank you all. You made it so easy. You made me feel at home since the very first moment I got there.

I honestly enjoyed every single day working in the lab, even when I couldn’t understand a word-so many ‘what?!’s-or when nothing worked-because ‘nothing is ever easy’-. If my bugs were not growing at all, because they were napping; if the cultures got contaminated, because they were just looking for friends; if the machines were not working, because they just decided to take some days off; or even when the power went off forever while we were finally about to run the first qPCR (`come on!’), everything was totally fine and fun in all your company.

Thanks Erik for hosting me and my pink bugs in your little cozy bubble, for your patience, for making me think, dream, do science and asking ‘so what?’ and ‘who cares?’

Thanks for this amazing experience Dr. Evil (EH), Big Montana (MC), Mom (JM), Queendows (TN), Silky (MH), Jamón (HM) and all the minions.

I wish all of you the best and hope to see you again soon 😀

'Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind' -Séneca-



I scream, you scream, we all scream for…fermented beverages

Hi! I’m Jessica a.k.a. “Mom” and this is my first post on the Hom Lab Blog and it will be short and sweet. All one really needs is a just a taste to wet the appetite. Hold your breath, count to three… and here we go! My project focuses on a naturally occurring microbial symbiosis of various bacteria and yeast that are embedded in exopolysaccahride globs and ferment sugar solution. I’m working on defining optimal media, extracting DNA, and typing the microbes. Yep, short and sweet like I said; just a taste.

So in the near future I will keep you updated on all the haps with my grains and any tips, issues, comments or relevant literature to my project.

Stick around, you might just like what you read…

Welcome to the Hom Lab Blog

Hello! This blog will feature posts from our researchers in our research endeavors which include:

  • Investigating the biology of synthetic fungal-algal “lichen” symbioses
  • Discovering new fungal-algal interactions in nature (NSF GoLife Project)
  • Biology of toxic algae (in collaboration with Bigelow Lab & NCNPR at Ole Miss)
  • Microbial ecology of fermented beverages
  • Algal-Bacterial interactions
  • Experimental tips and advice
  • Other musings

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