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 […]

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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. […]

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1984

I finally got around to start reading this book after the recommendation by Frank Huang, some three or four years ago now. It’s been everything I’ve expected- the dreariness and fear of living under The Ministries, the constant vigilance of Big Brother, and the orthodoxy and Winston’s (the main character) struggle to make sense of […]

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