Tools & Data
Core Stanford ClassesThe work in our lab requires skills and knowledge in computer science, biology, and statistics. Lab members follow the core curriculum below. The more of these courses (or equivalent material) you know, the more attractive you will be to our lab, and the more valuable you will find your experience with us.
Note: Many of these courses are cross-listed.
Core Technical BooksThese books offer a basic technical introduction to our core skill set.
Basic Biology"Genetics for Dummies" by Tara Rodden Robinson
Molecular Evolution"Evolution for Dummies" by Greg Krukonis, Tracy Barr
Statistical Hypothesis Testing"Statistics for Dummies" by Deborah Rumsey (see Part VI)
Basic Computer Science"Programming Methodology" Stanford CS 106A course [online]
Programming from the Command Line"UNIX Shells by Example" by Ellie Quigley [online]
Text Processing Languages (pick either language)"Learning Python" by Mark Lutz [online], or
"Learning Perl" by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, Brian D. Foy [online]
Technical ReviewsA few recent reviews and research articles are there to give you a taste for the type of problems we work on.
Popular Science BooksPopular science books are a fun-to-read, gentle introduction to a new field. Some of the many excellent popular science books relevant to our lab are:
The Human Genome"Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters" by Matt Ridley
Genetics and Human Disease"When a Gene Makes You Smell Like a Fish: And Other Amazing Tales about the Genes in Your Body" by Lisa Seachrist Chiu
Evolutionary Developmental Biology"Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo" by Sean Carroll
Human Origins"Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors" by Nicholas Wade
Interdisciplinary Science"The Medici effect" by Frans Johansson