My first day in the lab a PhD student who's nickname is Dream greeted me since my Aj. was in Bangkok. Dream was welcoming and enthusiastic, she showed me what she is currently working on. Her project goal is to find ways to improve oil palm production by utilizing organic compounds produce by bacteria and mushrooms. The bacteria and mushrooms synthesize a type of green fertilizer that can be used to reduce cost and toxic hazards for the farmers. Next week I will be assisting with several experimental runs.
I still don't have a Thai nickname but everybody calls me Caroo (emphasis in the double o), which is somewhat similar to my nickname back at home. Everybody has welcomed me with such kindness that I feel incredibly comfortable. I hope to pick up more Thai phrases so that I can show them how much I appreciate this beautiful country!