Friday, July 10, 2009
We learned so many things about the Austrian Alps with the help of Dr. Rupp and his expertise. We developed the keen eye for the berries that were delightfully popped into our mouths handfuls at a time. Alpine water was extremely refreshing and experienced straight from running creeks. The higher in elevation we got, the greater our chances were to literally touch the clouds. "I CONQUERED THE ALPS!"
Molsoft was finally downloaded to my computer and with Dr. K's help I was able to begin building the structure for Afamin which belongs to the same gene family of albumin. With the understanding that Afamin is expressed in the liver and found in the plasma, the main objective is to create a molecular structure that will help us learn about the relationships (structure correlating with function) to guide us towards a discovery for therapeutic possibilities in patho-physiological areas. Im slowly learning how to use these programs including chem sketch where i created alpha-tocopherol which is the only form of vitamin E actively maintained in the human body. Kwame and I are still in the process of finding the correct pocket in Afamin for vitamin E.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
From Cyberprof, as described in the comment about great eating places under "Arrived", is a photo of "gebackene pilze". These are breaded and fried mushrooms (seasonal varieties) with tartar sauce for dipping. These were quite popular with the group. Mmmmm!
Yesterday afternoon/evening, we all attended the end-of-year party at the Biocenter. There was a barbeque featuring various sausages, as well as turkey and fish, accompanied by potato salad and vegetables. Then, there were "olympics" featuring various activities with pipette tips, a "laboratory attire" fashion show, and cabaret/karaoke. Everyone had a great time, meeting students, post docs and faculty, and dancing in the rain.
On our "schwammerl suchen" adventure Melinda and I spotted our own local favorite right out of alpine grounds. It was our first time tasting this raw mushroom and it was utterly delicious. =)
Infamous mozart chocolate balls.... Check.