Always a good start to the day when you go to check your quantitative PCR assay and see some beautiful melt peaks.
This is a bit different from my usual work - here I'm collaborating with a colleague to measure abundance of a fungal pathogen in soil samples. A bit of a far cry from work in human genetics, but just goes to show that molecular biology skills can be applied across a huge range of different research areas.
It all comes down to this. This tiny tube contains DNA from almost 100 mixed pollen samples, taken from stingless bee hives foraging on unknown plants.
It took 3 seasons to complete the field and lab work, but the actual sequencing will only take 3 days. After that, I can match the sequences to barcodes of plants known to grow in the region and identify key sources of pollen forage for this species :) #science#womeninscience#DNA#stinglessbees#genetics#metabarcoding#PhD#labwork
Check out some of my #STEM#BOOKS ! Still super glad I kept these, as I've always been a huge lover of books so I've never sold a textbook in my life (I probably should of for the 💰). You also might spot a marketing book in there - I took some commerce papers in undergrad all about marketing and management, which are both actually important parts of science too. I'd encourage you to take the time to step outside of your discipline and learn some new inter-disciplinary skills, you just never know when (and how often) they'll help! #wearestemsquad