Lab Resources

This is a catalog of resources that we’ve found helpful. Anything missing? Please send it in to us!

Useful Links (our institutes, our funders, and professional societies that we have membership of)

Links to funding/fellowships (including ones which have been successfully awarded to our team members)

Science Skills (how to write papers, peer review etc; see also our ethics page).

Mentoring

Protocols

Ebooks and other primers (where possible, free)

The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) – a DOE BER Bioenergy Research Center program

JBEI Inventory of Composable Elements (ICE) – public version of JBEI’s registry of DNA parts (for requesting strains, constructs etc)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) – our home institute, and our status site (useful in times of emergency)

The Department of Energy (DOE) – our funders!

The Biochemical Society

The American Association of Plant Biologist (ASPB)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

The Society for Glycobiology

Plantae – social network for plant scientists

ESE (JBEI intranet – only accessible for people with LDAP)

Examples of Research Fellowships*

Incredible databases from John Hopkins that are updated monthly. These are the most comprehensive I’ve seen. Split into: Graduate, Postdoc, and Early Career Faculty.

Awesome curated list for minority postdoc funding opportunities

Human Frontiers Postdoctoral Fellowships – limited restrictions on nationality

LSRF – any nationality is eligible to work in a US lab  ✔

DFG fellowships – for German citizens or for people who have completed extensive scientific training in Germany ✔

Swedish International Postdoc – for people awarded a PhD by a Swedish research institution who want to carry out research abroad

VILLUM foundation – for Danish citizens to do a postdoc overseas ✔

Mobilex grants – for Danish citizens

L’Oreal USA for women in science

Fulbright postgraduate scholarships – for UK citizens to work in the US

✔ People associated with my group have been successful with this!

*if you have any additions to this list, then please email me

Science Skills [Check out our ethics page too]

How to keep a lab notebook. Useful for undergraduates, but I think we can all use a refresher. Written for a paper notebook, but most of the advice applies to our OneNote electronic notebooks. Here are also some good tips on using OneNote.

A masterclass from Nature on peer review and this worksheet to help with the peer review process.

A collection from Nature on Statistics for Biologists

Novelist Cormac McCarthy discusses how to write a scientific paper

Some information on color-blindness and how to improve your figures for your color blind colleagues. Check to see how your figures look to your color-blind colleagues here

How to find non-copyrighted images for presentations. I also recommend Biorender and Inkscape/Adobe Illustrator for figure preparation.

Free copy of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style”, a classic book on writing is available via gutenberg.org

The Addgene Blog is a great resource on many topics including “how to prepare for an industry interview” and “free molecular biology tools“.

Mentoring

Handbook for mentoring undergrad interns at LBNL e.g. SULI, CCI, BLUFF, BLUR

More to come…

Protocols

We have just started a lab space at protocols.io here. This is currently private while we are drafting, but we will make each protocol public as we finalize them.

In the meantime, I love the advice for students new to lab work from #Undergradinthelab (@youinthelab) and Not Voodoo (@Not_Voodoo).

Ebooks and other primers

Essentials of Glycobiology.

101 ways to try to grow Arabidopsis from Purdue

How a sorghum plant develops from TAMU