Where in WCAIR is Emily Fong?

Exploring the lab with a lockdown lens

The excitement of discovery necessitates losing yourself in space and time, delighting in not knowing what you may encounter. In an effort to gain insight into the working life of WCAIR, I’ve been drifting like an extra-terrestrial through the virtual lab tour.


A colourful illustration of a robotic arm and other lab equipment

To my surprise, what captured my imagination was not the large machine pictured here, that may or may not be the world’s most exciting mechanical pancake maker, but the humble tanks to the left. These two would appear to be living through a permanent lockdown, which has me wondering, does lab equipment get lonely too?

If the answer is yes, you’ll be pleased to know that some of the scientists are making their way back into the labs and will be taking it in turns to tickle the tummies of these two tanks soon, or so I imagine. I’m curious to know what the new choreography of the laboratory looks like, and when I find out I’ll let you know.

The ‘pancake machine’ is located in the area marked X-ray Crystallography. More accurately it may have something to do with helping to see the shape of chemicals in sub-microscopic detail. How exciting!

However, don’t take my word for it.

Go and explore yourself!