Meet Our Ambassadors

The Bio-protocol Ambassador Program aims to create a small community of scientists who are passionate about reproducibility, to help us share our vision with the scientific community. We want to promote the discussion of the ideas we are passionate about, including experimental reproducibility, open science, and use of preprints.

I very much appreciate the initiative to create this Ambassador program to promote experimental reproducibility and to highlight Bio-protocol to the broad scientific community. I am advocating for open and transparent science through several programs and enjoy promoting the exchange of ideas and thoughts within the early career researchers’ community. As an author, reviewer, and associate editor, I am well aware of the mission, objectives, and team efforts Bio-protocol in the promotion experimental reproducibility by publishing step-by-step detailed experimental procedures which can be used even by first hand undergraduate students. I would like to promote this platform, through the University where I have direct contact with undergraduates through Bachelor/Master Courses.
I am fascinated about the idea of experimental reproducibility through Bio-protocol; an open access online journal. During my scientific career, I have been writing Standard Operating Procedures, to help trouble shooting, train new staff & students while reproducing the experimental work. By publishing a part of my thesis in Bio-protocol, I realised the importance of open access protocols to all the scientific community at no cost, accelerating the discoveries in life science research. I have since, encouraged the use Bio-protocol publications to the technical staff & PhD students while setting up of new methods in my department. As a Bio-protocol Ambassador, I hope to help share their vision of efficient and reproducible science to a wider community.
It's striking how many general lab protocols lack clarity and require interpretation. Most common protocols are shared in an ongoing game of telephone, many of which are clearly designed by very clever people without enough time or attention to ensure that they are unambiguous for inexperienced users. I appreciate the dedicated position that Bio-protocols takes on the matter, that reproducibility and openness are as critical as the data. I haven’t been in science for too long, but I really enjoy tinkering with and improving protocols, and want to support the Bio-Protocol mission of peer-reviewed publications of efficient and clear protocols.
I am an author and an experienced reviewer of Bio-protocol. Bio-protocol has established a great network of researchers from around the globe, by allowing them to freely share their methods. These step-by-step methods are highly reproducible, given they undergo rigid peer review and the authors promptly address questions regarding them. While partnerships with top journals, including eLife, are broadening Bio-protocol’s impact within the research community, having an Ambassador program will be important to further spread its message. As an Ambassador, I want to help to increase researchers’ awareness of this free accessible tool. By promoting Bio-protocol, we will be able to attract the number of good quality and highly reproducible protocols and have a positive impact in the research community.
As a "methods-centric" research group, our livelihood depends upon the robustness and reproducibility of our work. We routinely publish in methods journals and edited books, including open access ones. We are partly funded under a 'Focused Technology Research and Development' mechanism from NIGMS – thus, we are charged by the NIH with producing and disseminating reliable methods.
I want to use my opportunity as Bio-protocol ambassador to enhance how I can spread, what I believe is, a realistic and humble view of the investigator / open science relationship. I firmly believe that Bio-protocol is an important platform in the cultural shift occurring in research dissemination.
Over the years, I personally had difficult experiences when reproducing published assays and methods in the lab. I met the Bio-protocol team at a meeting and immediately liked the idea to make research more reproducible. I have been serving as a reviewer ever since. Bio-protocol is doing a great job in publishing critical methods and assays with the required details for reproducibility. I feel great to be associated with Bio-protocol as an Ambassador. I think this will be a wonderful opportunity for me to utilize my years of research experience to actively contribute with something positive for the scientific community.
Sonali Chaturvedi
Scientist,
The J David Gladstone Institutes, UCSF
In my tenure as a researcher for more than 12 years, there have been a few incidences where I tried to reproduce data published in leading research journals and failed. To overcome these hurdles, it is imperative that scientists document and share exact experimental procedures. I have been reviewing papers for Bio-protocol and following research articles submitted there. Reading step by step protocols and following them for an experiment has made it easier for me to reproduce experiments. I am a firm believer of open access to science by open science or preprints will help science be more reproducible.

Do you want to join the Bio-protocol Ambassador Program? Contact Marisa Rosa (marrosa@ed.bio-protocol.org) for more information.

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