These CrabLab posts spawn from my PhD research, Analysis and modelling of the PY complex in the pyloric circuit of the crab stomatogastric ganglion.

As the topic suggests, it had something to do with crabs – the crustacean type, not the insect type. And yes, I had to suffer through the obvious, hints jokes and mocks. But, as they say: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, so I am now very strong.

I take pride in the fact that nothing went to waste in my research. Before removing the stomatogastric ganglion, i.e. a small part of the crab nervous system, I would anaesthetise the crab on ice. I then froze the claws and the rest of the body. This meant I often had crab claws for lunch and every now and then I could make a crab stock with the rest.

I guess I should have blogged about the PhD while I was doing it and I think I did a bit, but I didn’t really have time. What I did do I have been trying to put back on, this, my new website.