Sooo…I haven’t written here in a while because I’ve tried keeping, in general, a lid on what I’ve been doing. As some may know I parted ways with BustedTees/CV several months ago. That was a sad time but in the depths of my depressive state I made a decision that it was time to go back to what I really loved: science.
I also decided I wasn’t going to return to the kind of physics I was doing before-high energy theory-but something that might be more ‘practical’ and prescient (I still love HET and it’s a wonderful and fascinating subject so don’t get me wrong). So over the past few months I’ve been applying to a few places for a PhD. placement in biophysics/soft condensed matter groups. I’ve got a few offers and still waiting on one (which is making me drag my feet a little bit), but I think I’ve made my decision (plus I have to make a decision by Wednesday for some funding issues).
The place I’ve chosen is offering me a project in studying the physical mechanisms and processes of protein aggregation. This has to do with how proteins stick together. More importantly it is the mechanism by which many neurodegenerative diseases are created, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and eye cataracts. On a personal note, my grandfather was ravaged by and died of Alzheimer’s so it’s additional impetus to take this project. The people at this place have also been extremely helpful in funding issues and a general sense of wanting me to join their group. Where am I going? I’m moving here in September:
Yes, that’s right…Edinburgh fucking Scotland.