By Tamar Zehavi
Being in the Mizrahi lab for 4 years I have learned that when studying the rumen microbiome, one can always find more methods to answer various questions.
Using non-radioactive isotope labeling, I have measured the portion of active vs dormant cells in rumen samples. Ramaning any cell culture is no joke. As local DOME’is call the Raman room-the dungeon. One sits alone in a dark room and minimal light for hours to get a fair number of measured cells. During my time in the Raman room, I have pondered on many big-life questions and made more phone calls than I usually make.
Apart from amazing science, DOME residents have shown me how to work hard-play hard works in Vienna. As working hours pass, lab rooms become empty and the social room or balcony are being filled. Every day there is a reason to gather, birthdays, new arrivals and people leaving, share their time with other DOME members.
This experience has taught me that no matter how good of a scientist you are and how advanced the tools you use are, one of the most important aspects of science is the human connection. The connections we make along our academic and scientific journey are the bread and butter of scientific progress.
Thank you, Vienna for being good to me. Thank you DOME and gut group for being so welcoming and helpful.
DOME’s balcony on a sunny afternoon, celebrating Jovana’s birthday
Me and Jovana
Left to right: Paul, Andrew, and Julius
The view from DOME’s balcony
Myself in the Raman room