Position: Research Assistant.
Laboratory: Gascoigne lab,
Department of Immunology.
Duties: Managing the lab and assisting in florescent
imaging studies designed to show how T-cell receptors interact
with different proteins.
Background: Bachelor's and master's degrees in Biotechnology
from the Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. Work as
a technician at the Polish Academy of Science in Wroclaw and
the National Institute for Medical Research in London, England.
Started at Scripps Research: 1997.
Thoughts on Gascoigne Lab: "Nick is a fantastic boss.
The atmosphere in the lab is great and a lot of good people
Family Life: Married to Senior Research Associate
Tomasz Zal, who works next to her at the bench. "Tomasz and
I work closely together. Some people have told me they could
never work with their spouse, but for us it is a pleasure."
The Zals have two teenage children, Paulina, 15, and Hubert,
13. The family has also managed to accumulate a household
full of petsa dog, Mona, who was a stray; a cat, Kitcha,
whom Hubert brought home; and three aquariums full of fish.
"The aquariums started with just one little fish we saw in
a pet shop..."
Extracurriculars: Camping and hiking with her family.
One of the family's hobbies is to travel throughout the region
looking for mineral specimens. Making necklaces and bracelets
out of semi-precious stones and pearls was a natural extension
of this gem hunting. "My goal is to create elegant yet wearable
jewelry," Zal says.
Zal's jewelry will be on sale at the upcoming April 29 Spring
Craft Fair along with handcrafted items from other Scripps
Send comments to: mikaono[at]scripps.edu