i've been here for about a week... i've hung out with maia in the mission and glennis around golden gate park and ellen downtown and all of the kids in the amgen program here around berkeley! and i JUST ran into elana on the street! anyway i'm doing vascular graft engineering oriented kinds of things in the li lab at ucb... i think the focus of the project will be comparing in vitro assays of vascular biocompatibility (doesn't encourage blood clots, degrades, supports endothelial cell attachment) between electrospun nanofiber films of a couple of different polymers.
i also tried (and failed, i'm pretty sure, though we'll find out soon) to isolate endothelial and smooth muscle cells from a rat artery sample. it's hard to lose to a diced rat, but i don't think i won, either.
soooooooo give a holler if you're in the bay area and we'll see what's up i guess! so far i think i like berkeley, THOUGH (this is a critical flaw) there's no really decent coffee to be had south of campus as far as i can tell. please let me know if i'm wrong!