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

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

Chase the dream, not the money: the dirty little secrets of proposal writing2019-04-04T17:18:25+00:00

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

The A-Myth2019-04-04T17:18:26+00:00