Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Transport Protein Workshop

I've gotten back from England, with the addition of about 4 kilos of weight from eating too many full English breakfasts. I'm going to need to need to fire up Dance Central 3 on the Xbox to work off the English sausages, bacon, black pudding, etc.

The last day in Leeds was a membrane transport workshop hosted  by Peter Henderson at the the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, University of Leeds. Karl and I both gave talks on our groups work on characterizing multidrug efflux pumps, proteins that sit in the cell membrane, and pump out antibiotics and other drugs making the bacteria resistant.

The workshop dinner was held in the Royal Armoury in Leeds. After all of the tourists had gone home, we were able to stroll around the museum at our leisure, and see their collection of historical military and hunting artifacts, including a magnificent suit of Indian elephant armour. We then had dinner in an imitation English drawing room, whose walls were covered with leather bound books, stuffed animal heads, random weapons and other historic artifacts. A very memorable ending to an entertaining day of scientific presentations.

The Only Surviving Suit of Indian Elephant Armour in the World (dating from ~ 1600)
Here I am at dinner caught by a camera in mid-gesticulation. Also in the photo are Anne-Brit Kolsto and Ole Andreas Oksted from the University of Oslo.

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