The Kopp lab is rapidly expanding! Not only has this fall seen the arrival of postdoc Ammon Thompson and grad student Yige Luo, but we also have two rotating graduate students from the genetics graduate group — Giovanni Hanna and Logan Blair. To celebrate these new arrivals and the start of fall, the lab escaped for a day hike to the Desolation Wilderness on Saturday. We hiked from Wright’s Lake up to Twin Lakes. (Well, almost all of us hiked but someone had a free backpack ride — see photo below!) The water was freezing, but almost everyone took a plunge!
Happy Belated Valentine’s Day from the Kopp Lab!
Lab alumnus Daniel Friedman offers this V-Day pun for all you lovers of biochemistry:
Q: Why did the hydrophobic amino acid worship the Fork God?
A: Because it was Valine-tine’s Dei.
And lab manager Olga offered up this delicious cake for the ever-hungry members of the lab.
After a miserable previous season, with not a mushroom in sight, we were relieved to find plenty of mushrooms this time around. Well, maybe not “plenty”, but enough for a very nice dinner. Moby has found a perfect matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare), and Emily found the rare cauliflower mushroom (Sparassis crispa). Beginners luck, I say. We also got a good haul of black trumpets, winter chanterelles, and angel wings, with a few hedgehog mushrooms and candy caps sprinkled in. No leftovers this time!