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Congrats, Dr. Basanta!

Baker lab graduate student Benjamin Basanta successfully defended his thesis today! He was joined by his parents, who flew in from Argentina. By applying machine learning tools, Benja has greatly expanded the repertoire of available de novo designed proteins bearing pockets.

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Congrats, Dr. Koepnick!

Baker lab graduate student Brian Koepnick successfully defended his thesis today! Brian has helped a community of over 700,000 citizen scientists gain access to advanced tools for protein design through his work with Foldit.

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Lab meeting? SNOWBALL FIGHT.

Snow usually doesn’t stick around long in Seattle, so when members of the lab discovered that the overnight dusting was more serious than usual — and that it would last well into the afternoon — the normally scheduled 3pm lab meeting was called of so that scores could be settled in the cold. Or maybe it …

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Hiking the Alpine Lakes of the Central Cascades

It’s been a hot summer in Seattle! To escape the heat, the lab headed east to the Alpine Lakes of the Central Cascades. Some hikes were short (just enough to swim in Melakwa Lake) and some were long (tracking until they hit snow). Zibo, a graduate student in the lab, brought a drone along to …

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The lab goes to Paradise

After months of grey Seattle skies, the lab leapt at a chance to synthesize some vitamin D in Paradise (an actual place at the base of Mount Rainier). Some snowshoed, some skied, and others showed up in the afternoon for a delicious lab BBQ.  Couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day!

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Halloween 2016 – Rise of the Davids

Happy Halloween! We celebrated early because a party on Monday isn’t as good as a Friday, of course. Take a look at the great costumes this year – it’ll have you seeing double, no, a score! There was also a menagerie of animals running amok, a beaten-up pinata, and an absolutely TERRIFYING scarecrow.

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Arrivederci, Fabio!

This past Friday we bid a fond farewell to Fabio Parmegianni as he embarked on his next stage of life, or as some call it, the P.B. (Post-Bakerite) era. Though we will miss him, we wish him the best of luck at the University of Bristol in the UK. The lab will undoubtedly be a …

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2015 Lab Holiday Party

On Friday the 18th we had our lab Holiday party! It was supposed to be ugly sweater attire, but only a few of us came dressed appropriately. Fortunately, more people were proactive when participating in the potluck aspect! We had homemade goodies galore, including a creme caramel that had rave reviews, many delicious cookies, an …

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