Research Goals


  1. ASD Whole Genome Sequencing Regulatory: 
  2. Asian Neuroimaging 
Grants Resources

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Software Portals



Short-term Research Goals

  • In the google doc , everyone research students including me has
  1. Set weekly research goals
  2. Assess your progress in relation to the goals you set
  3. Write hours that you spent for research 
  • During a weekly meeting, go over those goals and progresses in front of everyone and talk about how everyone is doing
  • This helps
    1. I as a PI keep track on students' progresses
    2. Students learn to manage their time
    3. Most importantly, I try my best to achieve my weekly goals (treat yourself in the same manner as everyone else gets treated as I am also one of the lab members)

Target Grants

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • $55K/year for 2 years
  • Deadline: Sep/15/2015
  • Fellows are selected on the basis of their independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to their field.
  • Connecting the DOTS - Effectively communicating science to non-scientists
  • The David Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Nomiated by institutions
  • 18 fellows each year, $875K for 5 years
  • Within the first three years of their faculty careers
  • Nominations are due to the Foundation by Mar/15/2016; April/20/2016 all application submitted; Oct/17/2016 announcement
  • Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship Program
  • Nominated by institutions --> Stanford, Sep/01 to school, Sep/30 to foundation
  • $200K
  • Within three years of first tenure track 
  • Computing research areas and innovative application of computing 
  • Emphasis should be on advancing computing research in novel directions 
  • No collaborative project 
  • Brain Research Foundation
  • Institution nomination --> need to check internal deadlines
  • 10 awards, each $80K for 2 years
  • assistant or associate professors working in the studies of brain function
  • Research project not funded by other sources
  • Rita Allen Foundation 
  • Nomiated by institutions --> need to check internal deadlines
  • $110K/year up to 5 years
  • The Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research 
  • Open to faculties in MA, Brown, or Yale
  • Within 2.5 years of assistant professors
  • Nominated by schools --> need to check internal deadlines
  • Up to 5 awards, $300K for 3 years
  • Searle Scholars Program
    • Recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level
    • Submission material available Sep/01/2015; deadline Sep/30/2015; only the ones begun assistant faculty on or after July/01/2014; awards will be activated on July/01/2016
    • 158 participating institutions
    • 15 receipients each year
    • $300K for 3 years
  • Pew Biomedical Scholars
    • $240K for 4 years
    • One nomination from each institutions
    • Only assistant professors less than three years 

Useful Research Materials 

  • Persistence, confidence, flexibility, working smart  
  • METAL is a widely used meta analysis tool for whole genome data analysis. 
  • LocusZoom is a good plotting tool for regional GWAS association results. 
  • MQFAM is a multivariate association analysis tool that uses canonical correlation. 

Faculty Resources

  • PLINK/SEQ is an open-source C/C++ library designed for large-scale sequencing data analysis. 
  • The VEP (Variant Effect Predictor) determines the functional effect of variants, including SNPs, insertions, deletions, CNVs or structural variants on genes, transcripts, and protein sequence, as well as regulatory regions. 
  • RV-Test is a stand-alone rare variant testing package that can analyze both population-based and related samples.

Useful Job Application Materials

  • Cover letter
    • Tailor the letter to the department
    • Intrigues me: something impressive and makes the reader want to know the full story
    • Waht makes you stand out from the other candidates applying for this job?
    • Keep the letter short and to-the-point - can scan five seconds
    • Make sure that the person's career objectives do not match the job that I am recruiting for - see whether your background aligned with the listed requirements
  • Before start job applications
    • Know about yourself
      •  How flexible you can move?

Neuroimaging Genomics Resources

  • The ENIGMA Consortium is the largest international efforts in neuroimaging genomics to study brain structure, function and disease. 
  • BRAINnet is an innovative research initiative that shares a collection of neuroimaging, cognitive, clinical, and genomic data for accelerating brain research.