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August 26, 2019
SLAS Grant Programs for Outstanding Graduate Students
SLAS Grant Programs for Outstanding Graduate Students

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

Learning is a lifelong endeavor – one of the most important pieces of advice my father shared with me and, in turn, I have shared with my boys as they embark on the post-college careers. The constant pursuit of knowledge is one of the main reasons we participate in professional groups like SLAS.

August 12, 2019
SLAS Grant Winner Accelerates Point-of-Care Concept for Rapid Identification of Bacterial Pathogens
SLAS Grant Winner Accelerates Point-of-Care Concept for Rapid Identification of Bacterial Pathogens

Promising results in hours instead of days, eliminating bottlenecks in processing lab results and succeeding in getting the right diagnosis and quick treatment to prevent the spread of infection – delivering any of these would be a tall order for a seasoned researcher. Now a graduate student has the opportunity to help fill the bill thanks to support from the 2019 SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant.

July 22, 2019
Level Up YOUR Science at SLAS2020
Level Up YOUR Science at SLAS2020

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

As I was thinking about what to write for this month’s column, I went back to take a look at some of the answers I prepared for the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine when first joining the SLAS Board of Directors in 2017. A network of like-minded scientists; share their experiences; leverage their collective knowledge; bridging technology and science; and stay current on new scientific and technology developments were among the phrases I used for what SLAS is and why it’s important to me. All that was only in my first couple of answers!

June 24, 2019
Thank You Tony Beugelsdijk
Thank You Tony Beugelsdijk

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

As part of its mission, SLAS seeks to leverage life sciences technology and discovery for scientific advancement. The Society wants to energize talented individuals and connect them with others to do great things. Since its beginnings, a huge part of that endeavor has been to integrate newer, younger professionals into all SLAS does, especially at its conferences.

June 10, 2019
Ready to Serve the World: SLAS2019 Student Poster Winners Showcase Innovative Life Sciences Research
Ready to Serve the World: SLAS2019 Student Poster Winners Showcase Innovative Life Sciences Research

Inspiration and determination fuel the scholars who earned top honors in this year’s competition. As they unlock the secrets of infection control, disease detection and develop innovative platforms for research, the winners of the SLAS2019 Student Poster Competition draw deeply from their life experiences to excel in life sciences.

May 24, 2019
The Power of Involvement
The Power of Involvement

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

No doubt, there have been times in your career where the thought of adding just one more thing seems like it would make your days, weeks and months simply unmanageable. But, then, you add it anyway, and you discover that it was certainly worth it.

May 17, 2019
Growing with the Changes: 2018 SLAS Annual Report
Growing with the Changes:  2018 SLAS Annual Report

It was a year of firsts, flexibility and future-thinking for SLAS in 2018. To the benefit of more than 19,000 members of our community worldwide, we made significant strides financially, operationally and educationally to increase the value of SLAS for all in the life sciences community.

April 28, 2019
Innovative Technologies for Tomorrow's Discoveries
Innovative Technologies for Tomorrow's Discoveries

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

Building on the success of the inaugural event last year, I am really looking forward to the 2019 SLAS Europe Conference and Exhibition, June 26-28, in Barcelona, Spain. There is so much exciting and innovating research happening across Europe, and I could not think of a more perfect setting than Barcelona in June to enjoy some science mixed with a little sun (fingers crossed) and sangria!

April 15, 2019
Fluid-Shaping Technology Offers Microfluidic Methods in a Petri Dish
Fluid-Shaping Technology Offers Microfluidic Methods in a Petri Dish

Exploiting the same force that causes raindrops to cling to windows, Cristian Soitu creates robust fluid walls and microfluidic arrangements using a simple, quick and inexpensive method to create multi-chamber grids and complex circuits.

March 20, 2019
SLAS: Your Trusted Resource
SLAS: Your Trusted Resource

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

How do YOU find the information you need to accomplish daily tasks? While I suspect answers are varied, no doubt finding and consulting reputable sources is high on the list. SLAS is making that ‘finding and consulting’ even easier for members of our community as we strive to deliver more information in a variety of ways.

March 11, 2019
Out of the Footnotes and into the Spotlight: Discovering the Potential in Academic Screening Centers and Translational Drug Discovery Centers
Out of the Footnotes and into the Spotlight:  Discovering the Potential in Academic Screening Centers and Translational Drug Discovery Centers

Imagine how much more researchers could learn by examining the data of an underperforming deep learning method, or employing a tailored workflow to characterize endothelial cells or adopting a novel method that allows discovery of new, previously unknown phenotypes based only on negative controls. Screening technology and methods that ordinarily get buried deep in other published research surge to the surface in a new SLAS Discovery special issue.

February 20, 2019
SLAS: Committed to Shared Success
SLAS: Committed to Shared Success

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

Greetings to the remarkable SLAS community; it is my honor to serve as your 2019 president! Having just participated in SLAS2019, I was amazed at the knowledgeable, well-connected and multi-disciplinary assembly of professionals committed to the shared success of one another. Fundamental to our combined success is our ability to engage others with diverse perspectives and varied professional disciplines so that we can listen to and learn from each other. This has been key to SLAS since its founding and is at the forefront of SLAS plans for the year ahead.

January 27, 2019
Arkin, Datwani and Haas Named to SLAS Board of Directors
Arkin, Datwani and Haas Named to SLAS Board of Directors

With amazing careers spanning all areas represented by the SLAS community, Michelle Arkin, Ph.D., Sammy Datwani, Ph.D. and Hansjoerg Haas, Ph.D., join the SLAS Board of Directors at SLAS2019. Along with six current SLAS Board members, Arkin, Datwani and Haas will further the SLAS mission to bring together researchers in academia, industry and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology via education, knowledge exchange and global community building.

December 21, 2018
Targeted Protein Degradation: The Power of PROTACs
Targeted Protein Degradation: The Power of PROTACs

Could hijacking one of the body’s own systems be the key to finding new targets for hard-to-treat diseases? Dane Mohl, Ph.D., scientist at Amgen (Thousand Oaks, CA) believes it may be. With the advent of genomics, drug development has focused on using genetics to identify therapeutic targets, which has led to targets that aren’t necessarily easily drugged through traditional methods. “Letting genetics guide our choices for treating disease means we have to use whatever modalities are available,” Mohl says. “We have to be more creative and that means we need a larger tool box to get to those new targets.”

December 3, 2018
Thanks for a Great Year!
Thanks for a Great Year!

By Sabeth Verpoorte, Ph.D.

It seems like just yesterday that I assumed the SLAS presidency at SLAS2018, last February in San Diego, and now the year is almost up! It’s time for me to say farewell and hand over the reins to my successor, Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D., of PerkinElmer Discovery and Analytical Solutions (Hopkinton, MA, USA). I’ve really enjoyed my three years on the SLAS Board of Directors and am honored to have been given the opportunity to serve as the Society’s 2018 president.

November 19, 2018
Meet SLAS Scientific Director Mike Tarselli
Meet SLAS Scientific Director Mike Tarselli

Take a little wonder and the desire to do good. Throw in meaningful research experience, honest commitment, science smarts and a whole lot of energy, and you've taken one step toward describing SLAS's Scientific Director Michael (Mike) Tarselli, Ph.D. The Boston (MA, USA) native started his position with the Society in September of 2018, and finds his new role yet another way to make life better for scientists, engineers and the world.

October 29, 2018
SLAS Grant Program Offers Dollars and Support
SLAS Grant Program Offers Dollars and Support

By Sabeth Verpoorte, Ph.D.

SLAS is a professional society deeply rooted in sharing ideas and information. From its beginning, the SLAS leadership has believed this also means providing for the next generation of leaders. That’s why SLAS continues to generously support programs such as the SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Award and SLAS Student Poster Competition.

October 22, 2018
John Doench: Advancing Functional Genomics through Collaborative Science
John Doench: Advancing Functional Genomics through Collaborative Science

SLAS2019 Conference Co-Chair John Doench, Ph.D., associate director of the Genetic Perturbation Platform and institute scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (Cambridge, MA, USA), believes in collaborative science. That’s why he’s at the Broad, and it is why he’s dedicated to working with others at SLAS to be sure the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition delivers ideas and connections that enable scientists to make a difference.

October 15, 2018
Gut Reaction: SLAS2019 Keynote Speaker Eran Segal Decodes the Human Digestive Tract to Discover Precision Nutrition
Gut Reaction: SLAS2019 Keynote Speaker Eran Segal Decodes the Human Digestive Tract to Discover Precision Nutrition

A quest for a personal best resulted in a shift in research focus for Eran Segal, Ph.D., who digs deep into the microbiome of the human gut for clues to optimizing health and preventing and fighting disease by building a better diet.

October 1, 2018
How to Construct a Killer SLAS2019 Poster
How to Construct a Killer SLAS2019 Poster

By Mike Tarselli, Ph.D.

Fame. Fortune. Recognition. The accolades and adoration of your scientific peers. All this could be yours if you win the SLAS2019 Student Poster Competition! Enter by Oct. 29. (OK, that’s hyperbolic, but at least the parts about recognition and scientific growth hold water. And hey…$500 in prize money is nothing to sneeze at.)