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Tyler Ford

Tyler J. Ford is an Outreach Scientist at Addgene. His professional duties include helping maintain the Addgene blog (blog.addgene.org), talking to people about Addgene, and improving Addgene's services. His non-professional duties include running, biking, drawing, hiking, playing tennis, reading, and writing.
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Podcast: A Malawian Professor's Path to Biotech Research

Posted by Tyler Ford on May 24, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Born to a family in Malawi that pushed science education, Kingdom Kwapata grew up to be one of the best of the best students in his home country. He was selected as one of 600 scholars among 100,000 eligible to attend the University of Malawi where he focused on agricultural engineering through biotech. After graduating with a masters of science in Horticulutre Biotechnology, he did his PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology at Michigan State University with the backing of a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. Dr. Kwapata now works as a lecturer in molecular genetics and biotechnology for Horticulture and Forest Crops at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He recently received an award from nonprofit and Addgene collaborator, Seeding Labs, for lab equipment that will help accelerate his research. Listen to learn more about Dr. Kwapata’s current work and thoughts on the need for more scientific collaboration across the globe.

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Topics: Podcast

Providing Plasmids to Researchers in Developing Countries: Addgene and Seeding Labs Team Up

Posted by Tyler Ford on Apr 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Researchers in developing countries often find themselves on the front lines of emerging global challenges. However, these same researchers face significant barriers to scientific discovery and career development. They are working with limited resources but limitless potential. We see it as part of our mission to enable all researchers and are proud to announce that we are teaming up with Seeding Labs to better serve those in developing countries.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, Inside Addgene

Suggest A Plasmid You'd Like to Find at Addgene

Posted by Tyler Ford on Mar 16, 2016 1:30:00 PM


Have you ever been reading a paper and thought to yourself, “Oh! This plasmid would be perfect for my next experiment!” but were unable to find the plasmid at Addgene? Well, we’re here to help with our Suggest a Plasmid Campaign.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, Inside Addgene

Increasing Your Work's Visibility with Addgene: Citation, Search, and Collections

Posted by Tyler Ford on Mar 10, 2016 10:30:00 AM

With many interesting articles coming out in a myriad of journals every week, it can sometimes be difficult for great work to gain prominence among all the noise. Scientists have a variety of metrics they can use to evaluate the impact of their work (H-index for instance), but these rely upon other researchers being able to find their publications in the first place. As a curator of the thousands of amazing plasmid technologies contributed by our depositors, Addgene strives to make it easier for you to find the plasmids and publications relevant to your research interests. We do this by promoting citation, supporting sophisticated search, and curating plasmid collections.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, Inside Addgene

Call for Guest Bloggers

Posted by Tyler Ford on Mar 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Whenever possible, we love to give scientists the opportunity to share their knowledge. One of our goals is to be a go-to source of information on recent advances in the biological sciences and techniques that simplify and expedite research. We recognize, however, that we can’t do it all ourselves. Therefore, in this blog post we’re taking a moment to reach out to you, our readers, and ask you to share your expertise through our blog.

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Topics: Career, Inside Addgene

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