Spending time in Madurai – In Situ Hybridization

Sunday, April 5th, 2009 @ 8:21 am | Uncategorized

Pandian RestaurantThe last two weeks have been a little unusual as I’ve spent them entirely in Madurai! The main reason is that I am trying to get some good results with my lab work, which has proved to be more difficult than I thought it would be. The main challenge is getting enough donor eyes for my research. In a way it is good for the hospital, because so many of the globes are being used for transplant, but that makes it hard for my research to progress. 

Next week is also a big one in Madurai because there is a festival called the kumbabishekam coming up. It only happens once in twelve years, and apparently nearly a million people fill the Meenakshi Temple for this one! The temple has been covered for several months due to the renovation that was going on there, but will now be uncovered for this festival. Hopefully I’ll get pass from friends in the hospital and be able to go that day too, at least for some great pictures.

Other than that, I’ll be working in the lab trying to get my experiments working!



  • Advice for Future India Fulbrighters
  • Farwell India
  • Meenakshi Temple – Kumbabishekam
  • Spending time in Madurai – In Situ Hybridization
  • Fulbright Conference – Kolkata, Varanasi, and Kathmandu
  • Indian Wedding in Madurai and trip to Bangalore
  • Indian Pilgrimage – Thekkady, Munnar, Mahabalipuram
  • Asia ARVO – Hyderabad
  • Fulbrighters come to Madurai, friends and I visit Dayspring Home
  • Birthday and New Year in Tamil Nadu

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