Endings: of my PhD, of my research project on wine-industry science communication, of my time in New Zealand.
Beginnings: of a research fellow position at the University of Edinburgh, of new work on human-yeast interactions in synthetic biology, of my time in Scotland.
I’m no longer a few hours away from the fine wine-growing regions of Central Otago, Canterbury, and Marlborough. On the other hand, I’m a few hours (by air, at least) from the fine wine-growing regions across Europe and the southern UK, and a few steps away from wine purveyors with selections the likes of which I haven’t seen in years. I consider this a fair trade. The difference might even make up for not having a superb beach just outside my front door, though maybe I’ll withhold judgment on that one.
If you’re interested in synthetic biology, human-yeast collaboration and co-evolution, or if you’re in the UK and would like to strike up a conversation about other vinous or yeasty topics, feel free to contact me at erika(dot)szymanski(at)ed.ac.uk.