As I look down the list of amazing bloggers joining this SciAm network my guess is that I fall into the category of bloggers labelled “who’s that guy and what’s he doing here?” Well, let me introduce myself.

My name is James Byrne. I’m currently trying very hard to finish my PhD thesis in bacteriology where I work on Streptococcus pneumoniae. For those bacteriologists out there, I work on the regulatory machinery that controls the production of capsular polysaccharide for S. pneumo, and other related bugs. I have written about it here and for the more adventurous here as well.