Research, ah, research. Hello again. I'm currently working in Aj. Tom's lab in the chemistry building. This lab has everything in one! It combines chemistry, biochemistry, cell culture and computational techniques to discover the next possible cure of the elusive HIV. I am currently using various computer programs to virtually predict and screen drugs to target histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1). HDAC1 has been found to be associated with HIV infection and the program accelerates the screening process without the use of a wet lab. Wet labs are very expensive and even more so in Thailand, where materials are not readily available. Even though computational biology is out of my realm of expertise, the experience has been an exciting one. Learning programs and optimizing my approach in the analysis has aided in the mass conversion of files within the first three days in lab. I’m looking forward to return to lab Monday to continue working! After finishing the computational portion of my project, Aj. Tom enlisted my aid in drug-candidate testing in the wet lab.