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Tyler Ford

Tyler J. Ford is an Outreach Scientist at Addgene. His professional duties include helping maintain the Addgene blog (, 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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Top Requested Plasmid of 2017 - pMD2.G

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jan 10, 2018 11:13:59 AM

Plasmid technologies are constantly evolving, but sometimes a technology is so useful it forever enhances biological research and discovery. CRISPR is a great example (the top requested plasmids from 2015 and 2016 were CRISPR plasmids), but so are lentiviral vectors, many of which are used to deliver Cas9 and other genes to mammalian cells. For this reason, the top requested plasmid of 2017 is the lentivirus envelope plasmid pMD2.G from Didier Trono’s lab!

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Topics: Plasmid Technology, Hot Plasmids, Viral Vectors

15 Hot Plasmids from 2017

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jan 9, 2018 10:02:27 AM

Every quarter we highlight a subset of the new plasmids in the repository through our hot plasmids articles. These brief articles provide a synopsis of a plasmid or group of plasmids' functions and applications. We hope that these articles make it easier for you to find and use the plasmids you need. You can find all the hot plasmids from 2017 below. With over 50,000 plasmids, we can't write posts for every great plasmid that comes into the repository, but be sure to let us know if you'd like to write about your plasmids in a future blog post. No time to read?

Listen to our hot plasmids segment on the Addgene Podcast.

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Topics: Hot Plasmids, News

A Novice's Perspective on Neuroscience - SfN2017

Posted by Tyler Ford on Dec 15, 2017 9:07:01 AM

Addgene recently attended the Society for Neuroscience 2017 conference in Washington DC (#SfN17). This massive conference attracted over 30,000 attendees (scientists and nonscientists alike). My only in-depth exposure to neuroscience prior to this conference was a rotation in Qiao Zhou’s lab in graduate school where I worked on a project aiming to dedifferentiate mouse brain cells into neural stem cells. I was quite unsuccesful (although I definitely enjoyed the lab!) and would therefore consider myself a neuroscience novice (newb). In this post, I’d like to highlight some of the things that popped out to me as a novice and indicate why other neuroscience newbies might want to get into the field.

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Topics: Viral Vectors

Hot Plasmids Episode 4: B. subtilis Libraries, iPSC Reprogramming, CRISPR Tools, & More!

Posted by Tyler Ford on Dec 11, 2017 9:02:49 AM

In the fourth episode of our Hot Plasmids podcast series, you'll learn about new libraries for studying B. subtilis biology, plasmids for enhancing iPSC production, and CRISPR tools for plants. You can find additional hot plasmids in our quarterly newsletter or on our hot plasmids webpage.

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Topics: Hot Plasmids, Optogenetics, CRISPR, Podcast

Transferable Skills Guide: Time Management

Posted by Tyler Ford on Dec 5, 2017 8:52:56 AM

A recent survey of PhDs found that many researchers feel that they lack formal training in a variety of transferable skills. At Addgene we've set out to fill this gap by both highlighting that researchers do learn MANY transferable skills while working in the lab and by offering advice on areas where you might need some help. Today in our transferable skills guide: Time Mangement for Scientists.

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Topics: Career, Career Readiness, Transferable Skills Guide

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