Things we like
Our PhD #happyplace, new PI #tenuretracks and #tenuredtracks Spotify playlists:
Tips, tricks & tools
Tips for writing and presenting
Here you find a growing collection of handouts that will help you in the process of writing or presenting. Use them to your advantage! If you have feedback, please contact .
- On gene nomenclature (updated February 2020)
- On writing well (updated February 2019)
- On the proper use of verbs and tenses
- On making a good Powerpoint/Keynote presentation (updated September 2017)
- On writing a good internship report (updated October 2017)
- On how to improve your figures and dazzle people with your graphic design skills (updated August 2019)
Here are some other places where you can find information on how to write and present properly.
- The University of Toronto has an excellent website with lots of tips on style and editing. This piece about using active verbs in your scientific writing may be particularly helpful.
- This piece on writing a review that people will read also contains pointers you should take in mind when writing your literature thesis.
- This is an extensive breakdown on all things you should pay attention to when giving a talk.
Our favorite resources
- Amazing drawings of human breast anatomy (on the anatomy of the breast, by Sir Astley Paston Cooper, 1840)
- The mouse organogenesis cell atlas (MOCA) (a single cell transcriptional landscape of mouse organogenesis)
- FPbase for quickly comparing spectra of fluorescent proteins
- The International Mouse Strain Resource
- Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank for antibodies that actually work at cost price
Bioinformatics, Data, Statistics and Image analysis tools
- Plots of Data and other tools
(handy apps developed by our SILS colleagues Joachim Goedhart and Marten Postma that plot data and statistics to allow comparison of different experimental conditions)
- Blog post by Joachim Goedhart at the Node on alternatives for p-values.
- Another blog post by Joachim Goedhart at the Node on a more intuitive way to calculate p-values.
- The LiveSlides plugin
(for easy breezy embedding of videos and other webpage related content in Keynote and/or Powerpoint presentations)
- The free PollEverywhere plugin
(for getting real-time feedback from your audience. Great for instant feedback from students in class!)
- Smart Servier Medical Art
(for a free, downloadable file of Powerpoint ready image components that you can use to draw your own pathways/protein/DNA complexes etc.)
(for drawing and designing your own figures from human anatomy to subcellular structures and signaling molecules).
- Use the Academic Phrasebank from the University of Manchester to your advantage
- Try the Edanz journal selector or the Journal/Author Name Estimator if you need help selecting a journal that best fits your manuscript.
Graphic design tools
- This series of You Tube videos to help you develop your Adobe Illustrator graphic design skills.
Links we like
On Wnt signaling
On Mammary gland biology and breast cancer
On science and academia
- Watch the webvideo's made by the third year BSc students in Renée's Frontiers in Medical Biology class.
- Visit the website of Amsterdam Science, the popular scientific magazine that keeps you posted on what's going on in Amsterdam. Or click here to go to the online submission form if you have a suggestion for a contribution to the next issue.
... this remains one of the best songs ever written about biology: