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14th January 2014 @ 22:26

Hi there! I'm Carmen, an undergraduate student starting work on the OSM project, and will be taking this chance to introduce myself and some of my work. 

I've just finished my second year of B. Sc. (Adv) at the University of Sydney, and will be spending six weeks of my summer break working with Dr Mat Todd and Dr Alice Williamson on a USYD School of Chemistry Summer Scholarship. Currently, my project is to help wrap up Series 3 by synthesising some of the last proposed compounds for testing and assisting with collating the data for the whole series. 

What drew me to the OSM project was both its medical relevance in tackling a major infectious disease, and its unique open source format driving towards that goal. It's an exciting opportunity for both learning about synthetic medicinal chemistry and engaging with the open source structure, where everything I do is accessible for anyone to view or join in. I've done short projects with other research groups, but this is definitely a completely new experience to me, and will likely lead to some better habits and record keeping on my end! 

My past couple of days can be summed up as getting familiar with the lab, learning about the different platforms for communication in the project (and acquiring a whole new bundle of accounts) and writing up proper ELN entries, and of course, some chemistry on the side. 

Anyway, that's enough from me for now. Looking forward to working with everyone! 

Carmen Tran (CT)