Maria-Isabel is a 5th year Molecular Biology PhD student at San Diego State University and University of California San Diego. Her research focuses on understanding how viruses that infect bacteria, phages for short, persist in or escape from their bacterial host. Her work combines tools of molecular microbiology, genomics, biochemistry, and microbial ecology. Twice a year, she organizes the student innovation workshop for the Viral Information Institute.
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Scientists often set reminders to harvest and analyze their overnight cultures but forget to warm up the absorbance reader. Absorbance measured at the wrong temperature or later than the optimal harvest time yields incorrect readings that disrupt reproducibility and transparency.