van Amerongen Lab - Developmental, Stem Cell & Cancer Biology

- Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences - University of Amsterdam -  

Resources for the scientific community

- Our minimal computational model for WNT signalling (from De Man et al. (2021) eLife)

Tips, tricks & tools

Tips for writing and presenting

Here you find a growing collection of handouts that will help you in the process of writing or presenting. Use them to your advantage! If you have feedback, please contact .

Here are some other places where you can find information on how to write and present properly.

- The University of Toronto has an excellent website with lots of tips on style and editing. This piece about using active verbs in your scientific writing may be particularly helpful.
- This piece on writing a review that people will read also contains pointers you should take in mind when writing your literature thesis.
- This is an extensive breakdown on all things you should pay attention to when giving a talk.

Our favorite resources

- Amazing drawings of human breast anatomy (on the anatomy of the breast, by Sir Astley Paston Cooper, 1840)
- The mouse organogenesis cell atlas (MOCA) (a single cell transcriptional landscape of mouse organogenesis)
- FPbase for quickly comparing spectra of fluorescent proteins
- The International Mouse Strain Resource
- Bionumbers
- Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank for antibodies that actually work at cost price
- Connected Papers for finding additional papers you might miss when you only search with Google Scholar or PubMed.
- Co-cites is a handy plugin that automatically pops up in PubMed and Google Scholar to show you papers that have been co-cited with the study you are looking at.

Bioinformatics, Data, Statistics and Image analysis tools

- Plots of Data and other plotting tools
(handy apps developed by our SILS colleagues Joachim Goedhart and Marten Postma that plot data and statistics to allow comparison of different experimental conditions)
- Blog post by Joachim Goedhart at the Node on alternatives for p-values.
- Another blog post by Joachim Goedhart at the Node on a more intuitive way to calculate p-values.

Presentation tools

- The LiveSlides plugin
(for easy breezy embedding of videos and other webpage related content in Keynote and/or Powerpoint presentations)
- The free PollEverywhere plugin
(for getting real-time feedback from your audience. Great for instant feedback from students in class!)
- Smart Servier Medical Art
(for a free, downloadable file of Powerpoint ready image components that you can use to draw your own pathways/protein/DNA complexes etc.)
- Biorender
(for drawing and designing your own figures from human anatomy to subcellular structures and signaling molecules).

Writing tools

- Use the Academic Phrasebank from the University of Manchester to your advantage
- Try the Edanz journal selector or the Journal/Author Name Estimator if you need help selecting a journal that best fits your manuscript.

Graphic design tools

- This series of You Tube videos to help you develop your Adobe Illustrator graphic design skills.

Career development

Not everybody wants to, should or can stay in academia. Luckily, we need scientifically trained minds in all areas of society.

Some books that Renée has read and found insightful and helpful in either confirming you are on the right track or with figuring out what you want to do with your life:
- What color is your parachute is a classic and can help you find out what matters to you
- What is out there for me? was written by a recent PhD graduate from the Netherlands

Other links:
Our local SILS career portal
- Career Conversations on You Tube offers tips for PhD students that could benefit others as well
The PhD talk podcast. The name says it all.

Links and things we like

On Wnt signaling

- The Wnt homepage (maintained by Roel Nusse)
- The Reactome page on Wnt signaling
- Join the Wnt community on LinkedIn!

On Mammary gland biology and breast cancer

- Join the ENBDC (European Network of Breast Development and Cancer Labs) or follow them on Twitter
- Join the Society of Mammary Gland Biologists on Facebook

On science and academia

- Watch the webvideo's made by the third year BSc students in Renée's Frontiers in Medical Biology class.
- Visit the website of Amsterdam Science, the popular scientific magazine that keeps you posted on what's going on in Amsterdam. Or click here to go to the online submission form if you have a suggestion for a contribution to the next issue.

And finally...

Our PhD #happyplace, new PI #tenuretracks and #tenuredtracks Spotify playlists:

... and this remains one of the best songs ever written about biology: