key and scribbled drawing
Here’s a key from when I was a pale skinny undergraduate student. I was given it by the professor in the department I joined, to allow me to come and go at will. He trusted me to not burn the building down, or break the centrifuges, or drink the lab alcohol, and that trust made me feel really important, like I had arrived somewhere. I am still skinny but not so pale.
This is a scribble of ideas that got my thoughts going about how to design peptides that can tackle SARS-CoV-2. It was done for a grant deadline that was looming up very quickly. As soon as I got the grant written I chucked the scribble on my paper recycling pile. When Artist in Residence Lorna Donlon visited our lab (on zoom) and we got talking about art, and science, and visualisation, I remembered this and dug it out to show her how messy thoughts can be at the start of a scientific journey. It is a time when the mind is juggling different concepts and trying to create something by putting them together. At a later stage of science, we need much clearer pictures to try and communicate to others, but this scribble was purely to capture my own thoughts, and now it is barely legible to me.