We had our first lab trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden for the 2018 Fall Symposium. Diego and Ya spent a day before the symposium to collect samples in the garden's living collection, Rebekah got her "Drosera starter kit", and everyone enjoyed the talks, tour of the herbarium and the garden, and interacting with people there. We visited the City Museum afterwards, which was tone of fun (although Zacky might think otherwise). Many thanks to Rebekah for driving, introducing us to people and places, and showing us the best of St. Louis!
After half a year of comprehensive renovation, two weekend flooding emergency events in the middle of winter, two months of purchasing and testing, followed by tearing up and rebuilding the hood, and getting -80 freezer and alarm/backup system in place, the Yang Lab has been finally up and running since June 2017. Many thanks to the College of Biological Sciences facilities manager Christina Kramer and our wonderful lab manager Yinyin Huang!
Office summer 2016 before renovation
Offices summer 2017 after renovation
Lab summer 2016 before renovation
Lab summer 2017 after rennovation
As the data collection for the Caryophyllales phylotranscriptome project is winding down, and I am setting up my new lab at University of Minnesota, we spent some time summarizing all the field and lab protocols, with additional (super cool) field collection notes from Hannah Marx.
Take home message: for most of us the logistics of obtaining frozen samples from the field is not that bad, and it gives you all the possibilities of analyzing DNA, RNA, and secondary metabolites.