Scripps Research Institute – San Diego, California

No posts for a long time. Been busy finishing projects, moving and starting new ones. I ended up here in San Diego, California at Dr. Andrew Ward’s lab at Scripps Research Institute. We study structures of virus protein complexes (mostly HIV, Ebola and Influenza) with electron microscopy and a set of other cool methods. Super fun colleagues and exciting methods and instruments! You can check out more details from our lab web page.

Ward lab home page

Plenty of new drawings and paintings done but too little time for posting. Here’s a totally non-scientific one – a collage of observations from Pacific Beach, San Diego.

Pacific Beach Boardwalk



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CD Spectroscope Called Celine Dion

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Vortex Monster

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Portrait of a Curious Robot

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