My goal is to create a supportive, dynamic laboratory that maximizes productivity and enables people who work hard and smartly to flourish. All the greatest discoveries in science were made by young intrepid researchers, so I want to nurture my lab members' talents and remove obstacles to their development and scientific discoveries.
We are a small research laboratory with 1-2 junior faculty, 4-6 postdoctoral fellows and 3-4 highly trained technicians. Every person in the laboratory will have their own project(s), including one high-risk, high-impact, and intellectually challenging project. I expect everyone to commit to their research and work hard. There are significant opportunities for collaboration within the lab as well as with external collaborators. Every week, I have meetings with individuals, research teams and the whole lab. I have an open-door policy for everyone in the lab and will always welcome great quality and important data. I spend an extensive amount of time with new members when they start in the lab, to introduce the research, inculcate the lab ethos and work ethic, and to chart out a research plan.
Each lab member will present weekly at lab meetings with an emphasis on written and oral communication skills. The laboratory is optimally geared to develop postdoctoral fellows for a career in academic research, with grant and paper writing (with significant feedback prior to submission), mentoring summer students, leadership (running a research program) and establishing their local and national reputation at talks and conferences.
I look for four characteristics in my researchers: integrity, appetite for hard work, infectious ability to work with others in a team, and scientific curiosity and enthusiasm for the challenge. I believe that by teaching “how to fish rather than giving a fish”, I will develop superb scientists who will make a difference.