As most of my colleagues, friends, and trainees know, I’m obsessed with hacks, tools, and books to be more productive and a better scientist. Below I share some of my favorites. More information will be available as blog posts in the future.
Please note that some links are referral links and I may receive a small commission, discount, or incentive (like a free month).
- Online Tools
- Gadgets and Gizmos
- A Ph.D. Is Not Enough by Peter J. Feibelman
- At the Bench by Kathy Barker
- Experimental Design for Biologists by David J. Glass
- Getting What You Came For by Dr. Robert L. Peters
- Making the Right Moves by HHMI and the Burroughs Welcome Fund
- The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook- NIH Version by Drs. Stephen W. Russell and David C. Morrison
- At the Helm by Kathy Barker
Career and Personal Development
- Excellence Everywhere by the Burroughs Welcome Fund
Management and Leadership
- Lab Dynamics by Carl M. Cohen and Suzanne L. Cohen
Writing and Presenting
- Designing Science Presentations by Matt Carter
- Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers by Mimi Zeiger
- Even A Geek Can Speak by Joey Asher
- How to Write A Lot by Dr. Paul J. Silva
- Writing Science by Joshua Schimel
- Miracle Morning
Software and Apps
Since I have both a Mac and a PC, all the software below should work on both. Most also have apps for your mobile devices as I do most of my work on my phone and tablet.
- Slack – A messaging and communication platform
- Asana – A project management/ shared to do list software
- Clockify – A time tracking app that syncs across devices
- Readwise – A website that collects your ereader highlights and sends them back to you as a daily digest
- Feedly – RSS feed reader. I use it to aggregate eTOC from journals and NIH RFAs.
- LabGuru – Lab management system and electronic notebook
- Tweetdeck – Website for Twitter
- Hootsuite – A social media management and planning app
- OneNote – Microsoft’s notebook system. There’s a good chance it came free with your school’s Microsoft office.
- Evernote – A notebook system that’s more free form
- Mendeley – A reference management and PDF storage software
- LastPass – A password manager for all the sites that make you change the password every few months (I’m looking at you eRA commons and eBrap).
- PaperShip – [Mac/Apple Only] An app to annotate and manage your Mendeley PDFs on the go
Websites and Blogs
- Meta.org – A website that performs literature searches
- Lifehacker – A website of hacks and tools that introduced to me to many of my favorites shared here
- Wirecutter – A website for researched product recommendations. I’ve been happy with every product they recommended and I purchased.
Gadgets and Gizmos
- Agendio Planner – Design your own planner to track and plan
- Ember – Electronic mug that self heats. I keep it on my desk.