5s lab organization training

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....

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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...

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Chase the dream, not the money: the dirty little secrets of proposal writing

When I started writing proposal, I was “chasing the money” by submitting proposals haphazardly in responses to various calls I was aware of. There are two problems with this approach. I did not understand well how to work with the...

Improving DNA Manufacturing Through Standardization

Improving DNA Manufacturing Through Standardization


By framing gene synthesis as a manufacturing problem, it is possible to utilize common Industrial Engineering (IE) principles that have been applied to numerous macroscale systems in the burgeoning realm of DNA fabrication. These techniques have been successfully employed in an academic [...]


This manuscript was submitted for presentation at IWBDA 2013. It was not accepted. The reviews we received are copied below. The manuscript will eventually be revised and published elsewhere. ----------------------- REVIEW 1 --------------------- PAPER: 11 TITLE: Improving DNA Manufacturing Through...

The A-Myth: running your lab as a business

A-Myth stands for “The Academic Myth.” I want to challenge the conventional wisdom that research groups in academia should not be managed as businesses. It is tempting to take cover behind our non-profit status, our noble pursuit of knowledge, and other excuses to dismiss [...]


This presentation was first given as part of the Junior PI Meeting organized in the context of ISMB/ECCB 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Click here for more information about the JPI meeting. Some of the ideas presented in these slides are somewhat...

Jean Peccoud to give keynote at Junior PI Meeting at ISMB/ECCB 2013

Transitioning from Post-doc to (junior) PI is a major step in the scientific career ladder bringing new challenges to the scientist. Key among these challenges is moving from a single project-based responsibility to being responsible for the projects of students,...

The A-Myth

In 1999, I left a tenured position in a French university to create a software company in Seattle. This was the high of the dot com boom when investors would put a seven figure valuation on any PowerPoint presentation. We...