The two-body problem

Scientific research is an exercise in failing. Imagine you have to overcome an unknown obstacle course – it is already hard when you can see what you are doing (and where you are going). Now imagine doing that in the dark! This is what most research is like. Many attempts to explore beyond the edge of human knowledge, where we are in the dark, are simply doomed to fail. There is hope though: each failure teaches us a little bit more about the obstacles we will encounter. Bit by bit, more experiments and failures light the way. Until eventually, we happen upon success. Then we write a paper about it, and hope the reviewers agree with our definition of success. A career in academia thus requires dedication, luck, and an unfailing ability to get up after falling down. Most of all, it requires time: time to learn, to struggle, and to do good science.

The SEQrets of sequencing.

Hej again! Igor here, back for another talk about the exciting world of sequencing. In my science exhibition, I showed you a little around the equipment that we use for sequencing and a tiny sneak peek into how the technique works.

In this lecture we will dive a little deeper into this rich world of sequencing by giving you a general outline of how these techniques work and what you can do with them.

Using antibodies to control chemical reactivity

In this work we demonstrated how to repurpose IgG antibodies to boost different chemical reactions and synthesize functional molecules.

The work has recently been published in Nature Communications. Follow this link to read the full article or read Lorena’s post below for a summary.

Seeing the invisible: Biomolecular visualization

Hi everyone! Marco here, again.

What I will to talk about today is less practical than what others showed in their science course. As I said in the online science exhibition, the topic of this post is biomolecular visualization. If you are not interested in reading, just go there for some more nice pictures!

This will not be an exhaustive lecture on the field, but I will try my best to give a short introduction.