Below you will find loosely organized database of pointers and resources that I found useful in various domains of my life or that I think are otherwise worth sharing with you.
Let’s kick off with pointers related to my work and research.
- Synthetic Biology One is a fun online free course in synthetic biology at undergrad level.
scanning probe microscopy
- Hi-glass is a tool for exploring and compare genomic contact matrices and tracks
- IDDomainSpotter helps you identify disordered regions in AA sequence
- Finding publications that address exactly what you are interested in can be tricky. Knowing how to use Google Scholar and various search operators (also here) will make your life much easier.
- You are already using version control right? Then you will find it useful to set up local and global git configurations.
- Sometimes you will feel like wasting some time reading blogs. To make this process somewhat less exhausting, use an RSS feed aggregator. I recommend Inoreader.
reading and writing
- RXvisit combines preprints from bioRxiv with data from Twitter to help you find the papers being discussed in your field.
- Arxiv-sanity is an advanced version of the above, but available only for arxiv.
- Overleaf is an online collaborative latex editor.
- I use Zotero for managing my refences. It is free, open-source and allows you to define your own location for file storage (i.e. making it practically unlimited).
- Writing a good research grant proposal is not easy. How to write a great research proposal is an attempt to collect together a number of suggestions about what makes a good proposal.
- I use Asana to manage my projects and recently also time I spend on them.
- I once made rather extensive list of conferences related to chromatin organization. It dates back to 2020, but may be still useful for somebody entering the field.
- How to present a successful elevator pitch?
- Toastmasters is a fantastic organization that can help you work on you speaking skills almost anywhere in the world.
- Guide on The Art of Effective Visualization of Multi-dimensional Data.
- Introduction to experimental design and statistical analysis Visualizing samples with box plots and the whole Statistics for Biologists collection
- You and your research by Richard Hamming.
- Still relevant advice on how to do research. Richard Hamming is a strong character and you can easily find yourself disagreeing with many things he says. Some parts are still relevant today and the make the talk worth a watch.
- Survival Guide to a PhD by Andrej Karpathy
- How to be a modern scientist by Jeff Leek
- Twenty things I wish I’d known when I started my PhD
making & hacking
- Student Project House
- Makerspace at ETH
- Make- & Hack-aton in lovely Zurich
- Hack Zurich
- Biggest Hackaton in Europe
Being in research is overwhelming and often exhausting. I am firmly convinced that keeping a healthy work-life balance and spending time among others and especially those with backgrounds different from yours are crucial in developing yourself as a person and a character, a responsibility that we all have in this world. It also makes the whole life struggle thing much more fun.
- A meta-charity that helps you donate your resources to make the most good
- You have about 80’000 hours of work in your life. Have you spent sufficient time to think how you will use it to leave the word a better place? This online resource will give you fresh and sometimes pretty surprising perspective.
- I am an active player of Ultimate (frisbee). Yep that’s correct, the proper name is just “Ultimate”, maybe because it is the best sport ever? Here are some shots from the sport at its best.
art and related
Here is link to my Spotify profile:
I enjoy podcasts where I learn something new or that made me laugh hard. I am still searching for a good way how to share them here. In the meantime, just ask me if you are interested.