I took this image of fibroblasts on a culture flask with a FLIR SC8300 high-resolution thermal camera. Thermal imaging is not something typically used on cells, largely because it's diffraction limited resolution is on the order of ~3 microns (the size of most mammalian cells). We had a unique opportunity to try this in our … Continue reading [Images] 3T3 Fibroblasts
[Pro Tip - Don't actually use Bing for literature searches.... it's remarkably bad] Starting a new project the first time, whether it be starting graduate research in a new lab, starting a new postdoc, or as a PI with a new collaboration, means that you are going to need to get an idea of what … Continue reading Tips for Scientific Literature Searches
I'm a huge fan of podcasts. I listen to them constantly while I'm imaging in the lab or doing a bunch of data processing. It keeps my mind stimulated, passively taking in new information (school related or not). I still listen to a lot of music, but whenever I'm walking, running, doing some less mind-intensive … Continue reading My Favorite Science / Academic Podcasts
As a follow up to my post on RSS Feeds, I thought I would provide you all with the list of feeds, journals and authors that I follow, and some backstory on why. Feeds: High-Impact Nature Science Scientific Reports Scientce Translational Medicine Nature Biomedical Engineering Nature Communications Biophotonics Neurophotonics IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering Optica … Continue reading Peer-Reviewed Journals that I follow
Staying current in your field is important if you plan to make valuable scientific contributions to your field of research. That said, the task of staying current can be really time consuming if you try to do it by brute-force. When you're spending hours in the lab each day, it's not feasible to stay current … Continue reading Tools for Staying Current in Your Field: RSS Feeds
When you are diving into the scientific literature, it is important to accumulating work that has been done in the field you are planning on researching in. It takes a fair bit of time, but having the knowledge of what has been done and what still needs to be done in a particular field of … Continue reading Citation Managers to Compile Literature
There are hundreds of academic journals publishing peer reviewed literature from all over the world. Even crazier is the hundreds of thousands of papers that are published each year. Hell, in my world, Optics Express publishes a couple hundred papers a month, and the vast majority of those articles have little to no direct impact … Continue reading Understanding Your New Field of Research
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