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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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Tips for Working in Industry & Success in Management: Interview with Crystal Shih

Posted by Tyler Ford on Oct 5, 2017 9:13:38 AM

Crystal Shih is an Investigator III at Novartis, a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland. After completing her PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering with Harry Gray at Caltech, Crystal moved on to a Postdoc in the chemistry department at MIT. Crystal now works on protein therapeutics at Novartis - listen to learn more about Crystal’s exciting career path, to gain insight into industry research, and to get advice on how to succeed in your own career. One pro tip from Crystal - be agile and willing to move on to new projects when old ones prove unsuccessful.

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Topics: Career, Management for Scientists, Career Readiness, Podcast

Hot Plasmids Podcast Episode 2: New RFPs, AAVs, & More

Posted by Tyler Ford on Sep 8, 2017 3:52:44 PM

In the second episode of our Hot Plasmids podcast series, you'll learn about new red fluorescent proteins, AAV tools for targeting the nervous system, and vectors for zebrafish engineering. You can find additional hot plasmids in our quarterly newsletter or on our hot plasmids webpage.

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Topics: Hot Plasmids, Podcast

Fluorescent Protein Travel Awards - FLiPs and Fluorescent Protein Biosensors

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jul 27, 2017 9:11:09 AM

Fluorescent proteins have enabled scientists to pursue creative research avenues previously unavailable to them. With these fantastic tools it’s now easy to monitor protein expression, localization, and protein-protein interactions. Beyond these common applications, researchers are finding new ways to apply fluorescent proteins everyday. 

The late Michael Davidson and Roger Tsien played enormous roles in enabling researchers to utilize and develop these tools by making their own fluorescent protein technologies widely available to the research community. To honor their legacy, we recently launched the Michael Davidson and Roger Tsien Commemorative Travel Awards. These awards are intended to help scientists share their fluorescent protein research with the academic community by funding their travel to a conference of interest.

In this post, we’re proud to announce our first two Michael Davidson and Roger Tsien Commemorative Travel Awardees: Xin Zhou and Fatima Enam. There were many excellent applicants but Xin and Fatima stood out for their creativity in the use of fluorescent proteins and the potential for their work to enable future discoveries.

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Topics: Interview, Investigator Feature, Fluorescent Proteins

Supporting Rare Disease Research with BeHeard 2017

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jul 20, 2017 10:30:00 AM

We often hear about breakthroughs in diabetes and lymphoma research or the many different ways you can improve your heart health. These are amazing advances that will surely save thousands if not millions of lives, but many throughout the world are affected by devastating diseases that affect far fewer people and therefore fail to garner much international attention. Their small numbers do not, however, make these patients suffer any less acutely. 

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Topics: Blog

Stem Cell Models for Disease & Open Science: Interview with Darrell Kotton

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jul 7, 2017 9:32:42 AM

Darrell Kotton is the director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Boston University Medical School. Darrell’s research focuses on the lungs, and, among other projects, using stem cells to develop in vitro models for lung disease. Darrell strives to promote open source biology in his own lab, at the Center for Regenerative Medicine, and within the biomedical research community. Along these lines, Darrell recently joined the Addgene Board of Directors where he hopes to help keep us focused on our core mission to promote scientific sharing. Listen to learn more about Darrell, his research, and his focus on open science.

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Topics: Podcast, Stem Cells

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