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Did I already mention that there are a lot of lab babies appearing lately?

Announcing the arrival into the world of Oren Lucev O’Connell, born on last Saturday morning at 3:49 am (GMT -4) and weighing in at 8lb 2oz. Direct report from new dad Mitch: "Mum (Annabelle) and baby are doing wonderfully, and we’re having fun adjusting to our new life at home. Not at all what I expected when I jumped on that plane to UC Davis all those years ago to collaborate with the Segal lab." Everyone seems to have been busy during the pandemic! Mitch has been running a lab at the University of Rochester in New York for the last couple of...

*Another* lab baby! Where are they all coming from?

Well, this one is coming to us courtesy of Jason and his wife Mel (mostly Mel) - he hasn't been given a name yet, so I think we'll just call him X. Actually, that could be quite a cool name... Here is is pictured with his elder brother Michael - who looks much happier about the whole situation than X! Mother, father, brother and X are all doing well and getting used to the new regime!

Welcome to Adnan Shaik!

Dr Anjumara Shaik, who has been working with our collaborator Alyson Ashe on transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, has just become a new mother on 3 June - and here you can see her husband Asif Pasha and her new son Adnan (who doesn't look that pleased about the whole being born business). The whole family are doing well - congratulations!  

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Beautiful, but CruEL…

Beautiful, but CruEL…

Well, it's one of those classic structural biology stories... Scientist (Anjumara) purifies and crystallizes protein, gets 3-A dataset at synchrotron (with Chandrika's help). Can't be solved, but scientists ask cryoEM colleagues kindly and they acquire some images...

Ngaio, Mario and Martina

Ngaio, Mario and Martina

Although the proud parents missed the opportunity to give the new addition to their family a name ending in "o", we're still excited that they have recently announced baby Martina to the world. It sounds like she's reading the journals already, and planning to join...

Joels NBD…

Joels NBD…

...which means New Bike Day in bike geek lingo... Joel has spent a bit of time (well, quite a bit of time) building up a new all-road touring bike based on a custom Ti frame built by titanproduct in China. Kitted out with an old Ultegra crankset (+38T Wolftooth...

Priya + 1

Priya + 1

Priya Thaivalappil - who worked with Joel as a Research Assistant way back in 2014 - is now the proud mother of a bouncing (well, hopefully not bouncing too much) baby boy named Neil. He looks like a handful...! Congratulations Priya and thanks very much for...

Jason heads to Blighty

Jason heads to Blighty

Former lab member Jason Schmidberger (postdoc 2015-6) has packed up his Akubra (and his family) and made a big move to the UK to join the drug discovery alliance and consulting company Evotec. Looks like an exciting company and we look forward to hearing from him...