Keystone Symposium on Natural Products and Synthetic Biology

It's the first conference of the year and I'm off to Olympic Valley, CA, to the Keystone Symposium on Natural Products and Synthetic Biology.

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After a really packed conference season last year during which I traveled mostly in the summer months, I learned my lesson - spread the meetings throughout the year! So this time I'm starting early and am off to lovely Squaw Creek, by Lake Tahoe, to attend the Keystone Symposium on Natural Products and Synthetic Biology. The program looks spectacular, and with some long breaks and some snow showers over the last few days, plus a few more predicted to hit later in the week, the conditions for snowboarding look great as well - so I'm sure it'll be a really good week!

If you're also around and see me, either in the seminar room or on the slopes, come say hi.

Claudio Nunes-Alves

Senior Editor, Nature Microbiology

I'm a senior editor at Nature Microbiology, interested in all things bacteria, virus, archaea, fungi and parasites (but I mostly handled articles focusing on bacterial physiology, evolution, parasites and archaea). Before joining Nature, I studied biochemistry at the University of Porto, Portugal, as an undergrad; and was a grad student and post-doc in the labs of Margarida Correia-Neves (ICVS, Braga, Portugal), Sam Behar (Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and then at UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA) and Christophe Benoist (at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA), where I studied multiple aspects of immunity to tuberculosis.