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5S Lab Organization – an Old Dog Learns New Tricks

By |2019-04-04T17:18:25+00:00November 3rd, 2014|

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 [...]

Using a LIMS in an Academic Lab

By |2019-04-04T17:18:25+00:00November 3rd, 2014|

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 [...]

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

By |2019-04-04T17:18:25+00:00November 5th, 2013|

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 different funding agencies. And I was too reactive to have the data and credentials necessary [...]

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

By |2019-02-06T19:43:17+00:00July 15th, 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, technicians and post-docs. On top of this, the researcher is expected to be a successful [...]

The A-Myth

By |2019-04-04T17:18:26+00:00March 8th, 2013|

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 had quite a ride until March 20, 2000 when the NASDAQ peaked. After the boom [...]