The evolution of my academic career as seen through posters and talks thanks to hugo academic 4.1

The hugo-academic theme which powers my website is active and frequently updated. I don’t update my website that frequently anymore, but I recently found about many of their changes when I made the CDSB website. We are delighted to share with you our new webpage at with both English and Spanish support Estamos encantados de compartirles nuestra nueva página web que viene en español e inglés It'll replace/remplazará a https://t.

How to write academic documents with GoogleDocs

These past months I’ve been mostly working on one huge project which might be close to an end, hopefully! This project involves a massive manuscript with many supplementary figures and tables. Today we sent it out to other members in our team, and to celebrate, I’m now writing more 😅: though this is a blog post. I’m allowing myself to do so before I dive into the pile of tasks I haven’t completed1.

A knot of threads: from CSHL to LCG-UNAM to Aldo Barrientos to diversity scholarship opportunities

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to write this post in my mind since May 2018. Today I’m finally typing it on the computer. This will be a rather long post that ties in several threads. I’ll talk about Cold Spring Harbor’s Biology of Genomes conference and its relationship to my undergrad in Mexico. I’ll also introduce you to Aldo Barrientos (1987-2011) who was was my undergrad classmate.

Why I applied to join SNI: the Mexican National Researchers registry

A few days ago a friend of mine told me that I was on the list of newly admitted SNI members. A few have asked me since why did I request to join it. So here’s my public reply. Woo! Ya soy "Investigador Nacional Nivel I" en el Sistema Nacional de Investigadores de CONACyT en México @Conacyt_MX 🎉💪🏾🇲🇽 I'm a National Researcher lvl I in the Mexican National Researchers Registry ^_^ 🎆🎉https://t.

Problems with an article from the Baltimore Sun covering Dr. Mahoney-Steel’s immigration issues

Today, September 19th 2018, Dan Rodricks (Twitter: DanRodricks) published an article in the Baltimore Sun. The article was shared to me with the title I only thought this happened to Mexicans1 and is currently titled2 as “Rodricks: Hopkins library specialist hit by immigration crackdown after being blindsided by visa denial”. I didn’t like the title at all nor did I feel right when reading the article. I shared it with about 50 other Mexicans in Baltimore3, talked about it over dinner, discussed a bit with Hopkins colleagues, and now thanks to all of them I have a clearer idea of what my problems with this article are.

Harassment, diversity in science and inspiration from my grandmother

Today was a big day. I care about many things including diversity in science (STEM) and building a community of R users and developers in Mexico. Both moved forward in two completely separate conferences: one in Mexico: CDSBMexico; and one in Canada: JSM2018. CDSBMexico This was a very important day for me. It was the beginning of the Latin American R/BioConductor Developers Workshop 2018 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. I already wrote a blog post about why I was super excited about CDSBMexico, but briefly it’s because this is something we’ve been wanting to see become a reality for years and have been working towards it.

SciLifeLab Prize: you still have time to participate!

I have recently been getting reminder emails from the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. The application deadline is July 15th, 2018! Last year I submitted an entry to this competition and I enjoyed the experience, even if it was a bit rushed. The process of joining the competition is relatively straight forward: Write an essay about your Ph.D. thesis work. Get a recommendation letter from your Ph.

Using Slack for Academic Departmental Communication

This is a joint blog post between Stephanie Hicks and Leonardo Collado-Torres. We want to share with you our experience using Slack and why you should join us. This post is in an interview style. What is Slack? [SH] Slack is a communication tool for teams. The main idea is you have individual chat rooms (referred to as channels that always begin with the # symbol), which are organized by topics.


I recently participated for the first time in a silent retreat (6 hrs) as part of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. I’ve really been enjoying this course and the experience of learning new ways (for me) to live better and enjoy life more. If you haven’t heard of mindfulness before (like me a few months ago), Wikipedia defines it as: Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.

Have you been 'relative stupid'?

I enjoyed reading “The importance of stupidity in scientific research" by Martin A. Schwartz which I learned existed through @hmason and @simplystats. I found the point of how it’s normal to feel stupid in academia and specially in Ph.D. programs to be illuminating. But Schwartz clarifies that there are other kinds of stupid: we don’t do a good enough job of teaching our students how to be productively stupid – that is, if we don’t feel stupid it means we’re not really trying.