This week, I had the great pleasure of making my third trip to Dr. Brian Husband's lab at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. I worked with Paul Kron, research associate in the lab (and official "flow cytometry wizard") to learn about using flow cytometry to estimate ploidy levels in pollen samples from some of my big bluestem plants. Flow cytometry with pollen is a relatively new technique, and it has been an exciting couple of days, full of ups and downs and technical challenges with my samples.
This year, I was accompanied by two hard-working and enthusiastic Principia College undergraduate research assistants, Shelby Tisinai and Ally Lauria. They did an amazing job prepping a very large number of samples in a short period of time. They also got a great introduction to flow cytometry and the wonderful world of polyploidy!
We are so grateful for the hospitality of the entire Husband lab - it was a week full of good discussions, good food, good fun, and of course, good flowing!
Miller Lab members