Kay About the author: My name is Kay. I am a rather unremarkable physical chemist-turned biochemist-turned bioinformatician, who is currently using computers to answer the most fundamental questions in life science: where does all stuff come from, what does it all mean, and how can I possibly get a high-impact journal to accept one of my manuscripts.

Is this blog anonymous? Not really. It is true that you won’t find my full name written anywhere. The reason for this is not that I want to stay in the dark – if you want to known my name, just write an e-mail to suicyte at gmx. net. The reason for not printing my name here is that I don’t want to see Google (and the rest of crowd) having automatic links between my name (and employer) and this blog. I am not totally sure why I don’t like the idea, but it is connected to the fact that getting indexed is kind of irreversible – once you’re in, you can’t get out again.

About this blog: This blog deals with matters arising in the molecular biosciences, particular in those areas I find exciting (apoptosis, regulated proteolysis, protein functional prediction, evolution, etc.)

About the title image: This is a snapshot I have taken 2003 somewhere in Tuscany. I think it was close to Monte Oliveto.

Legal stuff: Everything I write here is my own opinion, not that of my employer. Unless stated otherwise, you may use all material found here (text and images) under a CC attribution license. Obvious exceptions include material authored by others – this fact will be indicated.

Some more information on the purpose of this blog can be gathered from, my first post ever.



  1. Hi Kay,

    I found your thoughts on scotin interesting. I work with a protein called WWOX that I found to interact with scotin via the WWOX WW domains. I am interested in your “scotin-like family of receptors” and wonder if you would share your analysis with me?

  2. Dear Kay,
    It’s not a response really – just a quick question…
    do you think that we ought to call the ubiquitinated proteome the “ubiquitinome” or the “ubiquitome”?
    I did a quick Pubmed search, don’t know whether something was wrong with it, but I only found one vote for each.
    Best wishes,
    Paula Row.

  3. Dear Paula,
    according to many, the world already has enough ‘omes’ and ‘omics’ words. Personally, I don’t care that much. Both words have been used before, but only rarely so.
    Just don’t call the set of all proteases the ‘proteasome’ 🙂

    Best Wishes, Kay

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