Getting Sourdough on the Map

A quick update on the Sourdough Project! We are currently up to 300 samples (and counting) and we’ve got a fantastic team of undergraduates working on processing and characterizing our samples: Kinsey Drake, Nick Kamkari, and Shravya Sakunala. Check out the map of our where the starters we have processed in the lab.

By |2017-10-04T13:58:08-04:00February 20th, 2017|

What’s your flour type?

The Wolfe lab has been working to pinpoint just what makes sourdough starters so magical. It turns out that each flour has its own microbial “signature.” Tufts undergraduate Nick Kamkari has been plating out and characterizing different brands of-off-the shelf flours to learn more about what we should expect to find in each starter fed by that flour, to better be able to pinpoint what are the extra (delicious) microbes that make the starters successful.

By |2017-06-26T14:24:29-04:00February 20th, 2017|

On Joining the Lab (Boat)

Some people go from early life to death focused on one mystery. This approach, I am told, can be very satisfying. One of my mentors, [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:44-05:00April 26th, 2015|

Meet Your Mites: Family Style

Over the last few months, our first cohort of Students Discover Kenan Fellows have been busy in their classrooms piloting and refining the citizen science [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:45-05:00March 11th, 2015|

Camel Cricket Poetry

The mail room of a science building is always an interesting place. We receive email notices like, "Your slime mold has arrived!" and "Live crickets [...]

By |2014-12-02T12:36:33-05:00December 2nd, 2014|

Glowing Ants

Just in time for Halloween, MJ Epps and I have created glowing ants. Like mad scientists, we locked ourselves in our office last week with [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:53-05:00October 31st, 2014|

BioBlitz at the New York Botanical Gardens

How many plant, mammal or invertebrate species live in the New York Botanical Garden? While it seems like there should be a straightforward answer – [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:54-05:00October 13th, 2014|

Urban Cicada Safari

On September 2, as the 9-5ers emptied out of downtown Raleigh, we gathered near the State Legislature Building to embark on an urban insect adventure. [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:56-05:00September 12th, 2014|

Students Discover: The second week

Last Friday marked the end of the second week of the Students Discover externship for the 12 incredible Kenan Fellows partnered with four postdocs in the labs at the [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:58-05:00July 14th, 2014|

Students Discover: The first week

If you've been following our Twitter feed this past week, you may have noticed some new faces that have popped up on our team (if you [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:47:03-05:00July 8th, 2014|