It's your first month in the lab, now what?

Very few people join the lab with the foundation to do reproducible microbial ecology analysis or an appreciation for how to analyze microbiome data. Over time, we’ve found a set of tools are pretty critical to success in the lab. We think of this as our full stack for doing the analytical end as a microbial ecologist who is concerned about the reproducibility of their analysis. Don’t feel like you need to master this stack in your first week or month of being in the lab. By going through these tutorials and actually using the tools in your daily work you’ll eventually get it. Also, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive community that wants to help each other to grow in these skills. Trust us, before long, you will be helping us with something you assumed we all knew.

The Schloss Lab Full Stack includes: mothur, R, knitr, git, bash, and make. In your first month of being in the lab, you should do the following tutorials and do them all on Great Lakes, the high performance computer cluster that the lab uses. If you run into any problems ask Pat, it’s very likely that you have run into a common problem or that the problem isn’t your fault:

The Curriculum

You can supplement those materials with these tutorials and cheat sheets:

Useful software

We are primarily a Mac/Linux lab and we make use of a Linux-based computer cluster. Thankfully the tool set that we use can be ported to any operating system.