"In graduate schools throughout the United States, Ph.D. candidates receive almost no formal instruction in the effective design, conduct, and interpretation of experiments, even though these skills are critical to success as a scientist," says the author, David Glass
."Courses are typically devoted almost entirely to factual information, whereas scientific process is equally important."
Experimental Design for Biologists --a new source of theory and practical guidance--is based on a well-received course that Glass
taught while working at a biopharmaceutical company.The course was for recent hires, new PhDs who--surprisingly but frequently--had received little training in basic experimental design. Glass is the Global Head of the Muscle Diseases program at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Mass.He
will use this new book as the core text for his
experimental design "nanocourse" at Harvard Medical School next spring.
"[B]oth apprentices and more experienced scientists would benefit from a broader understanding of different experimental frameworks and their implications," writes Glass
...David J. Glass is currently the Global Head of the Muscle Diseases program at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Mass.Formerly the Vice President for Muscle Diseases at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, he holds an M.D. from New York Medical College and conducted postdoctoral work at Columbia University.He
is the co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles on cell signaling mechanisms in neuromuscular disease, obesity, and cancer.