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 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


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


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

We have generated Ai65F, a Flp reporter line independent of Allen Brain Institute. It is available from Jax (Stock No. 032864).


NIMH repository

Surgical instrument sharpening & repair


Colony management

Here & here.

Data acquisition freeware



Our analysis codes on github

Electronic laboratory notebooks

Here, here, & here

Data management & sharing

Here, hereherehere, & 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, estimation 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.


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 and illustrations

Here & here.

Poster printing

Here, here, here, & here.


Career & mentorship

Personal statement for graduate school

Here & here.

General mentoring advice

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

Advice for new graduate students

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

Advice for picking a mentor/lab

Why joining a new lab. More here, here, herehere, here, & here.



How to take crisitisms


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, 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 ask for recommendation letters


How to write NRSA & NSF applications

Here & here.

Communication etiquette


General scientific writing


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 write a cover letter


How to prepare for a campus visit


How to give a chalk talk

Here, here, & here.

Intentional negotiation


Understanding Academic Medical Centers




Running a lab

General management

Remote monitors, lab management, general tips, more tipseffective meetings, file management on Slack, health tips for research groups, Nature's collection: How to groaw a healthy lab.

Books for new faculty

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

Research funding

Grants examples, more grant examples, NIH templatesNIH 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, here, & here

Resource for academic writers

Phrase bank and Scitable.

Grant-writing consultation



iCite, Publish or Perish, h-index.

Reference letters

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

Tenure letters



Personal & safety

Mental health & grad/med training

Here, hereherehereherehereherehere, hereherehere here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, resourcesEdge for Scholarscounseling service. 

Self care

Importance of rest



Actionable plan to help women 


Sexual harassment

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



International scholars

Career and immigrration