After a great conference in South Africa, a lot of book writing and lecturing, I am back in the lab. Deborah Jekel is a bachelor student Life sciences at the VU University. Deborah will be studying regulation of the type 1 pullulanase. Previously I saw in our experiments that the enzymatic activity (starch degradation) is absent after growth on glucose. How? Why? We’ll be performing growth experiments to study the conditions of induction/repression.
Ritesh Panchoe is a MSc student in Biomedical Science at the VU University and he will be working on characterizing the various bacterial glycogen degrading enzymes to ultimately detect them in clinical specimens. Also, we will work together on developing different assays to study glycogen content and lactic acid concentration in vaginal specimens.