It's been 1 year since the Doble Lab moved to Winnipeg. So much has happened in the last year! Setting up a new lab is difficult at the best of times, and COVID-19 has made things more challenging over the last few months, but there is much to be thankful for. Winnipeg has been very welcoming, and my discovery of the Assiniboine Forest trails a couple of months ago has provided me with a great escape during cathartic early morning cycling adventures.
It is difficult to believe that it is almost 1 year that I have been in Manitoba. Even under normal circumstances, I find that time slips by faster and faster with each passing year, but this last year has sped by at warp speed! This week Victor and I will be able to return to the lab bench for the first time since late March. I can't wait to get back to doing things that I didn't particularly like prior to the lock down (western blots, I'm talking about you)...
It has been strange not being able to go in to work and to only have the opportunity to meet with people virtually through apps such as Zoom, but I feel very fortunate to be safe and healthy. This is an update on how things have been going during the last few weeks of the pandemic in Manitoba.
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing day-to-day life everywhere for everyone. Although the plans for the "renaissance" of my lab are on hold, I consider myself very fortunate to have a job that allows me to work from home. Also, as my lab comprises only myself and my PhD student Victor right now, the logistics of shutting down the lab and maintaining frozen cells and samples have been straightforward. You may have noticed that my "paper of the day" entries have been less consistent lately, but I'm getting back on track with this activity and will fill in the gaps for days that are missing papers.