Category Archives: Science Content

Translational Research
Malgorzata Kasztan, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

What is Translational Research?

The Power of Translational Research:

How can you become a part of a big Translational Research Family?

Do I need Translational Research Training?

“From Bench to Bedside” Award:

Dr. Malgorzata Kasztan is an instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research focuses on how endothelin system alters renal structure and function in chronic kidney disease.

How to effectively communicate your science
Mindy Engevik, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Post #1: Science–graphic art partnerships to increase research impact

Post #2: Improving your science figures

Post #3: Online drawing tools for effective research diagrams

Post #4: How to design an informative lab website

Post #5: Tips for communicating to non-scientists

Post #6: Designing power point slides for a scientific presentation

Post #7: How to deliver a great presentation

Mindy Engevik, Ph.D. is an Instructor at Baylor College of Medicine. Her research focuses on microbe-mucus interactions in the gastrointestinal tract.

June 2019 Social Media Collection: Conflict Resolution

Lila Wollman, PT, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Arizona

Post #1
“Lab conflict and how to address it”

Post #2
“Conflict Resolution: Definition, Process, Skills, Examples”

Post #3
“Why Scientists Need to be Better Communicators”

Post #4
“Managing Conflict with Emotional Intelligence”

Post #5
“10 Ways to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence”

Dr. Wollman is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on development and plasticity of the neurorespiratory system.

October 2018 Social Media Collection: Borrowing Skills from Business

Leadership, management, budgeting, and marketing sound like skills for CEOs, not scientists. However, these skill sets are also essential for researchers and there are several principles that can be taken from the business world and applied to academia. Accumulating evidence suggests that mixing business with science is a path to success.

Post #1: This month we will be discussing Borrowing skills from business: application for research, stay tuned!


Post #2:  Business principles for basic researchers 



Post #3: Why scientists need to market themselves








Post #4: The Why and How of Promoting Your Science Publication Online












Post #5: Selling for scientists








Post #6 Develop your career label so that it works in your favor





Post #7: How to market yourself as a graduate student


Post #8: Postdoc advancement: Marketing your value



Post #9: Do I make myself clear? Media training for scientists






Post #10: Improving science communication in 3 easy steps


Post #11: The Basics of Lab Management


Post #12: Project Management for Scientists


Post #13: Project Management for Scientists, Part 1: An Overview


Post #14: Project Management for Scientists, Part 2: Getting Experience


Post #15: Project Management for Postdocs


Post #16: Crowdsourcing goes academic with platforms for reviewing advisers


Post #17: These books can offer career guidance and inspiration

Melinda Engevik, PhD is an instructor at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the interaction between intestinal microbiota and the host epithelium.
Experimental Biology (EB)

With EB around the corner, don’t forget to download the free, easy-to use EB2018 mobile App on your Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. The App makes it easy to search for abstracts, specific sessions, and exhibitors. Session searches can also be filtered by discipline, sponsor, track, or type. In addition, the App includes maps of the entire convention center and tips for how to use the App.

To download the App, click on the link below and follow the instructions…


Furthermore, EB has partnered with an international film and broadcasting company to bring EB TV to this year’s conference. The daily program will consist of two main features: (1) Conference news which includes onsite interviews, event highlights, and attendees’ reaction and thoughts, and (2) In-depth reports in the form of five minute documentary films discussing research programs from various research institutions around the world. So, while you are planning on taking advantage of all the events and programs scheduled for this year’s conference, stay safe and enjoy your stay in San Diego!

Experimental Biology Conference- Frequently Asked Questions


2018 Experimental Biology Career Center Activities

The NEW Trainee Hour

APS Trainee Symposium: Do it Again: How to Achieve Rigorously Reproducible Research

Date: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,  April 22, 23, 24

Time: 7:00-8:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 25A


APS Mentoring Symposium: Recognizing and Responding to Implicit Bias in Science

Date: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,  April 22, 23, 24

Time: 7:00-8:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 25C


APS Career Symposium: Hallmarks of Ground Rules for Productive Collaborations in Science

Date: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,  April 22, 23, 24

Time: 7:00-8:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 25B

APS David Bruce Undergraduate Poster Session and the Horwitz/Horowitz Awards Ceremony

Date: Sunday, April 22nd

Time: 4:00*-5:30pm

Location: Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

* Undergraduate presenters should arrive at 3:00 PM to hang posters and meet with graduate departments

Physiologist in Industry Committee Mixer

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Time: 6:45-8:00pm

Location: Oceanside Room in the San Diego Marriot Marquis and Marina Hotel

Publishing 101: How to Get your Work Published and Avoid Ethical Minefields

Date: Monday, April 23rd

Time: 8:30-10:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 28DE

Nobel Laureate, Dr. Leland Hartwell

Date: Wednesday, April 25th

Time: 3:30-4:30am

Location: Convention Center, Room 20A

Ijeoma Obi is a PhD Candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Section of Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine. Her research project focuses on the effects of early life stress on renal inflammation and blood pressure regulation.


Training the next generation of scientists to be transparent

Scientific rigor and reproducibility have become new buzzwords, often being floated in discussions in labs, department meetings, and scientific conferences. As public confidence in science has fallen in the United States, the need for increased transparency has risen. The majority of scientists now see this issue as a significant concern, if not an outright crisis. (1) The causes for both the fall in public opinion and some of the high-profile examples that have precipitated the current situation are well beyond this article. This post will focus on three parts: first, to state what rigor and reproducibility is and what it means for trainees; second, to identify several resources that trainees will find useful; and third, to highlight the upcoming 3-part Trainee Symposium on Rigor and Reproducibility at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA (2). Links and resources that trainees may find helpful will also be shared through the APS Trainee social media Facebook and Twitter throughout the month of March.


The NIH has made increasing transparency and rigor in science one of its top priorities. They define scientific rigor as, “the strict application of the scientific method to ensure robust and unbiased experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results. This includes full transparency in reporting experimental details so that others may reproduce and extend the findings. Investigators should apply the elements of rigor that are appropriate for their science.” (2) Simply put, this means that science should be written and presented in a way that is clear and unambiguous so that others may find similar results should they repeat the study themselves. However, the NIH definition is less than helpful in making recommendations to scientists and trainees as to what steps would make their science more transparent. Luckily, there are resources available.


In results reported in a 2016 survey, poor experimental design and flawed statistical analysis were the leading causes of irreproducibility. (1) Fortunately, most academic institutions now offer courses and seminars on these topics at no-cost or low-cost to science trainees. Many institutions also have resources such as statisticians that are available for consultation. Additionally, there are many resources available online and in-person, some of which are detailed in this Nature article (4) and an associated Nature blog article (5). There are also many resources available from societies such as the American Physiological Society, including slides and videos from past seminars and symposiums on improving scientific rigor. You can visit their toolbox for reproducibility here (6).


Finally, the APS Trainee Advisory Committee will be hosting a 3-session symposium at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA. These three sessions, each held from 7:00-8:00 am in Room 25A of the San Diego Convention Center across 3 consecutive days (21-23 April) will feature 4 speakers who will speak directly to the trainees needs and roles in developing rigorous and reproducible science. The speakers will be discussing the role of trainees in scientific rigor, obtaining research funding, experimental design, publishing results, and much more. For more information about the symposium, you can visit the APS website here or on the EB app prior to the meeting. Here are the speakers that you can look forward to listening to during the 3 sessions:


Sunday, 21 April

  • Enhancing the Value of Research Findings: Ongoing Activities at NIH and Beyond
    Shai Silberberg, Ph.D.,NINDS/NIH


Monday, 22 April

  • Building Bridges: Learning to Work Effectively with Regulatory Committees
    Bill Yates, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
  • Practical Applications of Rigor and Reproducibility in the Laboratory
    Sean Stocker, Ph.D.,University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Tuesday, 23 April

  • Publishing Reproducible Research: Ensuring that Editors, Reviewers, and Readers Have Confidence in your Findings
    Kim Barrett, Ph.D.,University of California San Diego School of Medicine


The need to have rigorous and reproducible research is only going to increase. Trainees have the potential to play an important role in the way we publicly discuss science. While trainees may have to seek out and maybe even create some of the resources they need to develop the next generation of transparent science, resources are already available at their institutions and from sources like the APS. Hopefully we’ll see you at the Trainee Symposium at EB in San Diego this April!

Ryan Downey, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University. As part of those duties, he is the Associate Program Director for the Master of Science in Physiology and a Team Leader for the Special Master’s Program in Physiology. He teaches cardiovascular and neural physiology across several graduate level courses. He received his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from UT Southwestern Medical Center. His research interests are in the sympathetic control of cardiovascular function during exercise and in improving science pedagogy. When he’s not working, he is a certified scuba instructor and participates in triathlons.
  1. Baker, M. (2016). 1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility. Nature, 533, 452–454.
  2. 2018 Trainee Symposium — “Do it Again: How to Achieve Rigorously Reproducible Research”. American Physiological Society. Accessed 26 February 2018.
  3. Frequently asked questions — Rigor and Transparency. National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research. Last revised: 1 February 2016. Accessed 26 February 2018.
  4. Baker, M. (2016). Reproducibility: Seek out stronger science. Nature, 537, 703–704.
  5. Seeking out stronger science: An incomplete, non-systematic list of resources. Naturejobs — Naturejobs blog. Last revised: 28 September 2016. Accessed 26 February 2018.
  6. Reproducibility in Research. American Physiological Society. Accessed 26 February 2018.