A short guide to technology development in cell biology

J Cell Biol. 2015 Mar 16;208(6):655-7. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201502006.


New technologies drive progress in many research fields, including cell biology. Much of technological innovation comes from "bottom-up" efforts by individual students and postdocs. However, technology development can be challenging, and a successful outcome depends on many factors. This article outlines some considerations that are important when embarking on a technology development project. Despite the challenges, developing a new technology can be extremely rewarding and could lead to a lasting impact in a given field.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Technology*
  • Cell Biology
  • Quality Improvement
  • Research Design*