PLoS SynBio Community Coverage of iGEM SBBSF

Two major synthetic biology conferences took place last month. iGEM celebrated 10 years with a giant jamboree that was extensively covered by the PLoS Synthetic Biology Community. See for instance: Wrapping up iGEM 2014 Before they were famous: Interview with iGEM Team Heidelberg I personally attended SynBioBeta San Francisco. I wrote a short report of [...]

PLoS SynBio Community Coverage of iGEM SBBSF2019-02-06T19:38:49+00:00

Announcing gene synthesis course March 8-13 2015

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering our gene synthesis course again in the spring 2015. Gene synthesis technologies are rapidly changing research paradigms in molecular biology. The purpose of this course is to provide students a practical understanding of gene synthesis. This training will help student integrate gene synthesis in their [...]

Announcing gene synthesis course March 8-13 20152019-02-06T19:38:49+00:00

Notes from Synbiobeta San Francisco 2014

Synbiobeta San Francisco 2014 is wrapping up this morning with a networking cruise in the bay that I won’t be able to join because I need to head to the airport in a few hours. This was the first time I could attend a Synbiobeta conference. The event has a very distinctive flavor to it. [...]

Notes from Synbiobeta San Francisco 20142019-04-04T17:18:25+00:00

Parameter estimation preprint

We just submitted a revised version of a manuscript describing the analysis of data collected using our GenoSIGHT software. The paper shows that this data can be used to estimate parameters of gene network models. This manuscript is under consideration with PLoS Computational Biology. I am relieved that we were able to complete these revisions. [...]

Parameter estimation preprint2019-02-06T19:38:49+00:00

Surprisingly popular blog posts

It is a little surprising that the most popular entries ever posted on this blog are related to the use of industrial engineering methods in the context of a biomedical laboratory. 5S Applied to an Academic Lab – an Old Dog Learns New Tricks Using LIMS in an Academic Lab – Why and How? I [...]

Surprisingly popular blog posts2019-02-06T19:38:49+00:00

5S Lab Organization – an Old Dog Learns New Tricks

When I interviewed for my present position in the Peccoud lab at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, David Ball gave me a tour of the lab and I immediately noticed that every item on a bench or desk was outlined with yellow tape and labeled. Also, cupboards and drawers had labels denoting their contents. I knew that Dr. Peccoud, had [...]

5S Lab Organization – an Old Dog Learns New Tricks2019-04-04T17:18:25+00:00

Using a LIMS in an Academic Lab

Using a LIMS in an academic lab may seem like overkill. Unless you remember that all laboratories produce something, whether samples or spreadsheets. Ideally, every step in the process of making the product, including the origins of precursors and the physical or digital locations of the products, should be documented. I have worked in seven [...]

Using a LIMS in an Academic Lab2019-04-04T17:18:25+00:00

NIH proposal gets amazing score

The proposal to renew the funding supporting our collaboration with John Tyson was examined by the NIH study section last week. We got a score of 18, which places in the top 2%. At NIH a good score is a small score! This is the best score we got any proposal we submitted to NIH. [...]

NIH proposal gets amazing score2019-02-06T19:38:49+00:00