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This year for Christmas, gift yourself with an amazing experience. Apply today for the 2018 CSHL Cell and Developmental Biology of Xenopus course.

Posted by on December 18th, 2017

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and if you are anything like me you are scrambling to try to get as much work done as possible before your holiday break. But while this frequently entails getting papers submitted, committee meetings completed, and experiments wrapped up, I also take the opportunity to reflect on[…]

How to win a conference prize

Posted by on December 11th, 2017

Or, at least, produce nice posters while trying. Students on average author 1-3 papers and produce at least three times that many conference posters***. At large meetings, such as the ASCB, thousands of posters are presented each year. While presenting posters is popular, posters sessions evoke mixed feelings: they are often late in the evening,[…]

New resources section on the Node

Posted by on November 23rd, 2017

Since its launch in 2010, the Node has functioned as a community resource for developmental biologists. When I started my 3 month internship in September (see my introductory post here), we decided to utilise my experience as an active researcher to redesign and update the Node’s resources page. This included transferring the resources from the[…]

Addgene Resources to Grow Your Developmental Biology Toolkit

Posted by on November 8th, 2017

Addgene is a global, nonprofit repository that was created to help scientists share plasmids. Before we go over the developmental biology resources available at Addgene, here’s a little background on our organization. Our mission is to accelerate research and discovery by improving access to useful research materials and information. Labs deposit plasmids with Addgene at[…]

A 10-Step “Protocol” for Antibody Search

Posted by on October 12th, 2017

I remember when I first started grad school. I was pumped about my project, examining the signaling and physiological role of a novel dopamine receptor complex. We had experienced research associates, state-of-the-art equipment, and bold hypotheses. I was ready to take the first step on the road of biomedical discoveries. Then I faced my first[…]

€1000 Travel Award for Life Science Researchers

Posted by on October 9th, 2017

Hi Everyone, I thought I would post our travel award for life science researchers which might be of interest. At Antibody Genie we run a quarterly travel award for Life Science researchers, all you need to enter is to write an 800 word blog piece on your research area or write a piece on your[…]

Converting excellent spreadsheets to tidy data

Posted by on October 6th, 2017

Structuring data according to the ‘tidy data‘ standard simplifies data analysis and data visualisation. But understanding the structure of tidy data does not come naturally (in my experience), since it is quite different from the structure of data in spreadsheets or tables. Here, I explain how to convert typical spreadsheet data to tidy data to[…]

Why Independent Antibody Reviews? 5 Problems They Overcome to Facilitate Rigor & Reproducibility

Posted by on October 5th, 2017

  In the internet age, what’s the first thing you do before spending money on anything? Right: Go online and read reviews. Well, the same behavior applies with buying antibodies. We look to publications like “reviews,” to ensure antibodies have produced reliable data in similar experimental contexts.   While sifting through publications is the gold standard for finding[…]

PokeMods! An educational outreach initiative

Posted by on September 27th, 2017

  Getting the next generation of scientists excited about Biology is an important part of our jobs as researchers. To that end Karine Nedoncelle, Aurelien Doucet and I created PokeMod cards. Each card features a model organism and highlights some of its contribution to the field of biology. The cards are easy to deploy at[…]

Advocacy for Developmental Biology

Posted by on August 30th, 2017

To promote Developmental Biology and bring across the importance of fundamental research in this field, we all should have our elevator pitches ready at all times – whenever there is an opportunity to engage with audiences about our discipline – be it with the public, students, fellow scientists or policy makers. This is a first[…]