Finding Waldo: A Systematic Approach to Isolating and Identifying Bacteria

By: Joseph Maa Date: 6/5/2017 Hi everyone, Joseph here: Today I wanted to talk about something near and dear to my heart: finding and isolating bacteria. Now, the process of isolating single pure colonies (all the same species) of bacteria is important for a couple reasons. For one, having a lot of colonies is amenable to …

Fake Nuclei, Microbial Communities, and Graduate School: A Conversation with Gordon Pherribo (Taga Lab)

By: Joseph Maa I've recently had the opportunity to sit down with Gordon Pherribo, a current graduate student in the Taga Lab at Berkeley studying vitamin B12 in bacterial communities.[1] Throughout history, bacterial communities have constantly been scrutinized under researchers' microscopes, but as microscope resolution has improved, researchers increasingly are only limited by their technical knowledge and the …

A Year in Retrospection: Realizing My Grandpa’s Legacy and Looking Forward

Hi everyone, I'm back! I've been on hiatus from writing for about a month, but I'm back at it again. These past few days have been particularly difficult for me, but I've found my motivation to write once again. Five days ago, at 11:10 pm, I received multiple frantic missed call messages on my phone. …