Experimental & analytical tools

Facilities on campus

Core facilities, machine shop, & 3D printing.

Protocols

DNA isolation, genotyping, AAV handling, biocytin visualization, cell reconstructionfloating-section immuno, FACSorting, other online resources.

Rig components & constructions

Running wheel, fiber photometry, miniscope, electrode holder, head plate, & DPSS lasers.

Viral plasmids & preps

Our plasmids are available from Addgene. Please use the contact form for getting aliquots of published constructs/preps.

Primer & shRNA libraries

We have generated sizable qPCR & shRNA libraries. Please contact us.

Gene synthesis

Twist, Genewiz, Genscript, IDT, Life Technologies

Antibodies

Our Npas1 polyclonals are available upon request. Please contact us.

Mice

Our Npas1-Cre-tdTomato mouse is available from Jax (Stock No. 027718).

Drug

NIMH repository

Colony management

Here & here.

Data acquisition freeware

Here.

Codes

Our analysis codes on github

Data management

Herehere, & here

Statistics

Statistics for biologistsULCA Idre InstituteGraphPad guide, MiniTab blogstatistical problems to avoid, parametric vs non-parametric tests, visual introduction to probability & statspower & sample sizepower analysis software, UpSet plot, Venn diagrams: here, here, here, here, here, here, & here. Books for R begginners here

Graphics & dataviz

fixing polygons in MATLAB, dataviz toolbox for MATLAB, eps export from MATLAB, eps cleaup/export for MATLAB, other general guidelines: herehere, here, & here.

Plot digitizers

Here, here, here, here, here, & here.

SpectraViewers

Here & here.

Microscopy tutorials & imaging tips

Herehere, here, here, & here.

Other useful resources for scientific research

3D stiching, cell counting, image analysishere, here, & here.

Color blindness simulator & palettes

Herehere, herehere, here, herehere, herehere, here, here, here, & here.

Free fonts

Here & here.

Free stock photos

Here & here.

Fabric poster printing

Here, here, & here.

 

Career & mentorship

Personal statement for graduate school

Here.

General mentoring advice

Here, here, here, here, here, & here.

Advice for new graduate students

How not to suck in graduate school series. Other useful articles can be found: herehereherehereherehere, here, herehere, herehere, herehere, here, herehere, here, here, & here.

Advice for fresh postdoc picking a mentor/lab

Here, here, here, & here.

IDP

Here

How to read a paper

Here, here, here, here, & here.

How to write a Nature style abstract

Here.

How to write a paper 

Here, herehere, here, here, & here.

How to write a response to reviewers

Here.

How to review a paper

Here, hereherehere, here, here, here, here, & here

Free, on-line training on writing and publishing

Here.

How to write NRSA & NSF applications

Here & here.

Communication etiquette

Here.

Science communication

Here, herehere, here, here, hereherehere, here, & here.

Authorship

Here, here, here, here, & here.

Postdoc interview checklist

Here

Faculty job search and career advice

A Practical Guide to Scientific Management, vacancies, hereherehere, & here.

How to prepare for a campus visit

Here.

How to give a chalk talk

Here.

Intentional negotiation

Here.

Understanding Academic Medical Centers

Here.

 

 

Running a lab

General management

Remote monitors, lab management, general tips, more tipseffective meetings, file management on Slack, health tips for research groups.

Books for new faculty

Here, hereherehere, here, here, here, here, & here.

Research funding

Grants examples, more grant examples, NIH funding by career stagesNIH grant critiquesstudy section listing, study section meeting date/locationearly career awards, another list of early career awards, a list of opportunities, stock critiques, common mistakes, modular vs non-modular budgetNIH paylines, NIH paylines/success rates, success rates by type, & NIH funding stats.

Travel grants & fellowships for postdocs

Here & here

Resource for academic writers

Phrase bank.

Grant-writing consultation

Here.

Bibliometrics

iCite, Publish or Perish, h-index.

Reference letters

Here, here, here, here, here, here, here, & here.

Tenure letters

Here.

 

Personal & safety

Mental health & grad/med training

Here, hereherehereherehere, hereherehere here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, hereEdge for Scholarscounseling service. 

Self care

Importance of rest

Minorities

Here.

Actionable plan to help women 

Here.

Sexual harassment

A protocol for handling sexual harassement can be found here. Prevention and reporting at Northwestern University can be found herehere, & here.

 

 

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