The summer has flown by and a lot of changes have happened over the summer! I'll use a bit of the evaporating summer time before the semester hits (!!) to give some impressions of our summer.
Through most of the summer, our crew has consisted of three rising Junior undergraduates - Landon Bradshaw, Sean Jones, and Tommy Mehaffey. All three were part of the lab during the Spring 2021 semester and were able to continue over the summer through funding provided by the Wake Forest URECA Program and Merit Scholars Program. Thank you to Wake Forest University for providing funding opportunities!!
Everyone worked on distinct projects while we continued to get the animal facility running smoothly and establish techniques in the lab. The students embraced organizing the lab and animal facility, which is definitely the love language of any new PI. We occasionally had some help from a diminutive equipment consultant.
We weren't the only organisms to enjoy some delicious treats! It was fantastic to see animals breeding, growing, eating, and generally thriving in a facility that didn't exist a few months ago!
The axolotls love blackworms a bit too much