I'm an undergraduate biochemist with a love for all things microbial and a tendency to get overexcited about things that I can't actually see. I took the name 'Lab Rat' due to a spectacular imagination failure and because undergraduate lab-work is unpaid work and it seemed like a funny joke at the time. I've been blogging for almost two years now, which is rather a scary thought.
My first scientific love-affair was with histones and epigenetic gene control, which lasted about a month before I realised that the relationship was heading off into complicated territory where I didn't want to go. I next had a slightly longer affair with bacteriophages, which faded out when I started finding out more about bacteria. They fascinate me because a bacterial cell essentially has to do everything that a complete animal organism has to do; sense the environment, respond to threats, gather food, create energy, but all within the little world of a single cell. And while it's probably not possible to know everything that's going on within even a single bacterial species, it is easier to take a holistic view of the proceedings of the whole cell, rather than being wrapped up in a single pathway of a single cell or tissue type (which seems to be an unfortunate yet necessary approach to studying eukaryotic cells).
I use the blog for revision purposes, and as a desperate attempt to try and channel my writing into the direction of science. I write a lot. I also talk a lot. The two are probably connected.
When not enthusiastically rabbiting on about bacteria, or pipetting very small amounts of liquid into tiny containers, I spend my time reading Discworld and Shakespeare, scribbling stories that never see the light of day, and trying to work out what kind of music I really like (currently rather into Metal, recently had a Rock-and-Roll phase). I have a husband who is a Doctor and who remains charmed and baffled by my love of the little bugs that adversely affect all his patients.
Does expression of the toxA operon depend on ToxT as well as ToxA?
2 days ago in RRResearch