Experimental & analytical tools

Facilities on campus

Core facilities, machine shop, & 3D printing.


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

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


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


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


NIMH repository

Colony management

Here & here.


Our analysis codes on github

Data management

Herehere, & here


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

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.


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.

Free fonts

Here & here.

Free stock photos

Here & here.

Fabric poster printing

Here, here, & here.


Career & mentorship

Personal statement for graduate school


General mentoring advice

Here, here, here, here, here, and 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.



How to read a paper

Here, here, here, here, & here.

How to write a Nature style abstract


How to write a paper 

Here, herehere, here, here, & here.

How to write a response to reviewers


How to review a paper

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

Free, on-line training on writing and publishing


How to write an NRSA application


Communication Etiquette


Science communication

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


Here, here, here, here, & here.

Postdoc interview checklist


Faculty job search and career advice

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

How to prepare for a campus visit


How to give a chalk talk


Intentional negotiation


List of female systems neuroscientists



Running a lab

General management

Remote monitors, lab management, general tips, more tipseffective meetings

Books for new faculty

Here, herehere, 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, 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



iCite, Publish or Perish, basic principles.

Reference letters

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

Tenure letters



Personal & safety

Mental health & grad/med training

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

Self care

Importance of rest



Sexual harassment

Information can be found herehere, & here.