This past weekend we took a day trip to Bruges, a city I’d been hyping up for a long time because I’ve seen a movie that takes place there. I wasn’t disappointed--Bruges ended up being my favorite city so far, with its canals, cobblestone streets, and quaint red buildings. We climbed a 366-step spiral staircase to get to the top of the famous Belfry, which had an amazing view of the city. The “great Belfry weather” (quote by Chris) was perfect for exploring the many historical landmarks and buildings that call Bruges home.
At IMEC I’ve been getting the hang of the lens-free imaging set-up, which once seemed to have a million pieces that each needed adjusting whenever you needed to move the set-up to another place. Luckily there’s not a million pieces, and it’s been a really useful tool to see and quantify heart cell contractions without the use of cell-toxic dyes. Last week I spent some time simulating re-entry loops in cardiac tissue by making holes in the cell monolayer, which can make the action potential of the contraction move in cool-looking patterns.
Lakyn Mayo is a rising junior in Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and an IMEC intern with the Johns Hopkins INBT IRES program. She likes dogs, mountains, and getting lost running in new places.