Kicking off 2019 in San Diego

The family in La Jolla, CA!

2019 picked up so quickly! From January 2nd-6th, I attended the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference in Coronado, CA. During the sessions in the mornings and evenings, I had opportunities to connect with graduate students and faculty working on projects in the same field as my own.

Unlike the general annual meetings, this conference was much smaller, but much more specific in the range of topics discussed. I picked up some new ideas, and was able to share some of my own during the poster sessions.

During the conference’s free afternoons, I met up with my family (including the doggies!), who also came down to spend time in San Diego. Although we’re only a couple hours away, we don’t get to come down as often as we’d like!

Visiting a marine biology lab at UCSD.

During that weekend, my brother and I got back in touch with one of our friends from high school. He had just started his PhD at UCSD in marine biology, so he gave us a tour of his lab space, which was basically an aquarium! We got to hold sea urchins, starfish, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, and all sorts of other ocean critters. There was even a whole tank of tiger sharks that were happily swimming around!

That first week was a blast, and I’m so excited about the rest of 2019. Here’s to the next 11 months!!

Published on January 21st, 2019

Last updated on April 1st, 2021