Well done Mengxun on completing her viva examination successfully despite it going on until after midnight!
With Mengxun in China, internal examiner in the UK and the external in Michigan, USA, it was always going to be tricky to find a suitable time. Erm...sorry about that Mengxun!
Her thesis focussed on creating a methodology to undertake quantitative culture proteomics, with the model system Synechoccocus (engineered to secrete sucrose) and Azotobacter (engineered to secrete ammonia). She managed to get them to survive for 14 days without any exogenous organic carbon or nitrogen added. Her work then used time course and co-culture versus monoculture proteomics to decipher what happens to the strains, and how we might increase their stability. Watch out for the two papers that will share this fascinating work.
Also congratulations on getting married! 2023 has been some year after a very difficult pandemic period coming to the UK for the first time.
Mengxun: "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."