Mobile Apps for Life Sciences Researchers

There is no question that mobile apps are de rigueur and like other mobile devices users, life science researchers are beginning to regularly use them! After all, any innovation that can make the long hours spent doing laboratory research, easier, less time-consuming and enjoyable are likely to be welcomed by most researchers.

According to Alex Hodgson, one of the founders of the antibody review site called BioHub Online “mobile apps for science-types are popping up everywhere.” These apps range from lab timers, to mobile notebooks and science journals.

Alex recently reviewed several mobile science apps on the BioHub Blog  that “piqued her interest” Some of the apps may be familiar to you while others may not. This is what she had to say:

‘Bio-Apps: Technology Meets Science’

By Alex Hodgson

Mendeley iPhone App


This application indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital library. It gathers document details from your PDFs allowing you to search, organize and cite. It also looks up PubMed, CrossRef, DOIs and other related document details automatically, importing papers quickly and easily from resources such as Google Scholar, ACM, IEEE and many more at the click of a button.

Sync with Mendeley

Mendeley (Lite) for iPhone syncs seamlessly with your Mendeley research collection. This means that you can now carry your personal digital library with you wherever you go.

Read your Papers Offline

If there is a paper you want to check out later, you can download it over wifi straight to your iPhone from your online library. It will remain available to read offline at any time, making it easy for you to read what you want, when you want.

Share Citations

If there is a paper that you just need to let your colleagues know about right now, you can share the citation to that paper from within the app via email.



Molecules is an application for the iPhone, iPod touch, and now iPad that allows you toview three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulate them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once. The combination of the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad’s unique multitouch input system and the built-in OpenGL ES 3D graphics capabilities enable you to feel like you are manipulating the molecules themselves with your fingers.

New molecules can be downloaded from the RCSB Protein Data Bank

Primer Jot


This molecular biology application aims to help you keep track of your oligos, all in one place, calculate the primer melting temperature (Tm) (based on a standard set of conditions) and categorize it, assign a project, as well as physical location details. Search feature ever allows you to quickly search primers/oligos based on name, project, sequence, Tm and even your notes. A must-have for anyone who works with PCR.

BioLegend Tools for the iPad/iPhone Application

All Free

BioLegend CD Molecules Applications

The application compiles information on all of the Human and Mouse CD Markers based on the findings of the HLDA workshop. Now you can find CD molecule information quickly and conveniently in the palm of your hand.

Cytokines & Chemokines Application

This application provides you with important information about your mouse and human cytokines and chemokines. Now you can find information about cytokines and chemokines quickly and conveniently in the palm of your hand.

BioLegend Tools for the iPad

This application includes information on Human & Mouse CD Molecules from the HLDA Workshop and Cytokines & Chemokines,an Antibody Usage Calculator as well as a lab timer.

Apps from Invitrogen



Calculate molarity and formula weight, or find unit conversions and cell culture references all with this smart calculator widget.

Alexa Fluor Selection Guide

This handy app serves as a quick reference guide for selecting the perfect Alexa Fluor® dye for your research.



This application provides lots of great information for life scientists, including quick access to molecular biology calculators, technical tips, protocols, and multimedia presentations. The calculators provide a range of functions essential to molecular biology experiments, including DNA and protein conversions, melting temperature, molarity and dilution calculations.

The Protocols & Applications section of the App covers molecular, cell biology, DNA and protein analysis procedures, and is divided into chapters covering a comprehensive range of topics –from basic amplification techniques to real-time PCR, from simple cell-based assays to complex imaging techniques, and from protein expression to more involved protein interactions assays.

All are available through iTunes

Until next time…

Good Luck and Good Researching!!!!!!!!!!

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