Well, time to get this show on the road!

Hello, I’m Hannah. I’m a fourth year undergraduate studying Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and History (for fun!) at the University of California, Davis. I’m currently working in the Eisen lab so you can expect to see a lot of posts related to my work there. Once classes start up again in the fall I’ll also be blogging about anything interesting and science-y that happens to come up there as well. One of my favorite things to do (besides learning the information in the first place) is to talk about the interesting things that I’ve learned with other people. If you’re like me and like hearing and discussing new, exciting science we should get along swimmingly! (Such a great word, ‘swimmingly.’)

To give you a little bit of background before I start blogging, here’s what’s going on for me at the moment:

  • I’ve just returned from studying abroad for a year and at the moment I’m still unattached to any specific project at the lab.
  • Though my hope is to spend the upcoming year carrying out an independent research project.
  • Before I decided to abandon the country for a year, I was working on the Undergraduate Genome Project. In which several other undergraduates and I collected samples from a variety of built-environment locations and chose an organism to take through the sequencing process.
  • Currently I’m helping out on a variety of lab projects but recently I’ve spent most of my time working with samples from a second undergraduate project, the Undergraduate Aquarium Project, which focuses more on the metagenomics of  aquariums.
  • I’m also trying to familiarize myself with a number of common bioinformatics tools and teach myself a bit about scripting because I always feel pretty lost when it comes to that side of the research.

That’s most of it for now, read and enjoy. Oh, and please feel welcome to comment! I’d love to hear from you!

About Hannah Holland-Moritz

Hannah Holland-Moritz is a graduate student working in Noah Fierer’s lab. She graduated from UC Davis in June 2014 with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minor in Bioinformatics and most recently spend a gap year working in Jonathan Eisen’s lab on the microbiome of seagrasses. Interested in Evolution, Ecology, Bioinformatics and all things microbial, she plans to pursue a career in research.
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