I don't know him very well, but yes I know him, and I think (I hope) he'd recognise my face at a conference. He's a bit more distinguished than me.....
How do you know him? (obviously you're in the same town....)
We go to the same church (St Mike's), so I wondered if you'd met before both being Christian rheologists! (I'm a Lecturer here in Computer Science, by the way)
Small world! :-)
There are a few Christian rheologists out there....
I read just recently that at a university, back in the early 1900's, a prof made a semi-solid or liquid so close to solid that it produced on drip every several years, which it has done faithfully (three drips now), but no one has actually seen the drop fall. Though he is long gone, the university has kept his apparatus, and presumably it will drip again in a few years.
I develop and manufacture immuno-assays.
Well, you know when you go to a doctor and he takes a blood sample to send off to the lab? Well, I develop the kind of tests they use to measure odd proteins in your blood. Used to work in tests related to fertility (hence the joke on JORN's post) but I've done stuff from infectious diseases through to allergies. A few years back the company I worked for shut our facility in the UK, so I set my own diagnostics company up. We're not profitable enough to pay me a wage yet, but last year we did better than break even, and this year is shaping up well so far.
So is your background immunology?
My degree was immunology, but TBH that's only one side of it. A month back I did a manufacturing run coating microtitre plates for someone, which required re-engineering the plate filler arrangement and then re-building the vac pump because it got flooded with buffer. I really enjoy the blue sky stuff - looking at protein structures to see which bits to use to make antibodies and trying things out to see if they work. I do a lot of cell culture at times, and one of the processes where I pick clones out of culture medium under a microscope is very satisfying because it's so completely hands-on. I also worked part time up to Christmas for another company doing contract R&D, and we'd do some really diverse stuff. From trying to put together an assay for a cardiac marker with a running time of 10 min, through to measuring the number of antibodies coated onto nanoparticles and designing tests to run on automated analysers.
My least favourite activities are writing up, marketing and raising invoices - you can tell I'm not a money-focussed person.
I suppose it's time to mention Uncle Jim and Aunt Irene: Drs. James and Irene Newhouse at Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa - Alam Laboratory. Her research has something to do with screening naturally occurring substances for their ability to interfere with the infection cycle of dengue fever, which I assume means she's also trying to find things which can be manufactured simply in low-tech environments. He's done extensive work with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Can't say I'm familiar with the physical chemistry stuff, but it sounds immunological, so thought you might be interested.
Thanks Greg - both interesting fields but not related unfortunately, except where I rely on the cleverness of others to create molecular models I can look at.
I'm a Mary Kay lady :) Been doing that for a little over six months. I've actually found it to work as a ministry opportunity! I get to serve other women and meet women who let their guard down for makeup, then show the love of Christ as our relationships progress.
Sounds like an awesome ministry opportunity! I pray God really blesses it!