Research Focus: Aligning Passion with Impact

While our research interests are broad, we maintain a clear lab focus. With this in mind, we always aim to conduct impactful and meaningful research. We strive to understand each trainee’s career aspirations, needs, and passions, designing projects accordingly. Projects are assigned with clear benchmarks and safeguards to avoid unnecessary setbacks. We encourage people to work on at least two projects, providing a fallback option, given the unpredictable nature of research. As PI, I’ll be actively involved in guiding your initial project. As you gain experience and insight, I encourage you to explore research topics on your own that align with our lab’s overarching themes.

Data Integrity: Building Knowledge on Solid Foundations

I always request access to the data so please organize the raw data and maintain a meticulous notebook (physical or electronic). We emphasize systems that promote transparency, manageability, and accountability in our data handling. We’re always open to new methods to enhance this process. Our research conclusions stand on the solid foundation of reliable data – it’s in our best interest to ensure this foundation is unshakeable.

Collective Responsibilities: Fostering an Efficient Lab Environment

Maintaining a tidy lab environment and a well-organized inventory system is crucial for efficient research. All members will have specific lab responsibilities, such as preparing competent cells, managing master mixes, maintaining instruments, or checking stock inventories. Consideration for your colleagues while working in the lab benefits the entire team. Simple gestures of cleanliness and organization might take little time but create a harmonious work environment for all.

Legacy & Mentorship: Continuity in Learning and Sharing

As a new lab member, you’ll receive guidance and training from existing members. We expect this mentorship to be a continuous cycle — with each member passing on their knowledge to the next. Adopting and fostering healthy research habits is paramount. This includes understanding the principles of experimental designs, advanced planning, and maintaining detailed lab notes. Heed the advice of those more experienced; their insights can help you navigate potential pitfalls. Remember, every possible mistake has likely been made before by someone else. Always feel free to ask questions but do so with respect for others’ time and contributions.

Acknowledgement & Gratitude: Celebrating Contributions Big and Small

For our research to reach its highest potential, open sharing of data, ideas, thoughts, and goals is essential. Productivity flourishes in an environment where collaboration is championed and where individuals are open, supportive, and constructive. It’s crucial to accurately acknowledge credits and contributions, whether in discussions with me, among colleagues, or during presentations. This principle applies to significant tasks like a collaborator’s experiment as well as smaller gestures like a piece of advice. Throughout your research journey, cherish and value even the smallest contributions from those around you.

Open Discussion: The Keystone of Our Lab Culture

The foundation of strong, productive relationships is transparent and direct communication. Leadership does not necessitate hierarchical barriers; rather, straightforward dialogue within a framework of clear expectations is most effective. I encourage you to approach me with any questions or concerns, no matter how trivial they may seem. Do not allow worries to grow unchecked — addressing them promptly prevents unnecessary complications. While I may not always provide the answer you desire, I guarantee a space for open and thoughtful discussion. For scientific inquiries, feel free to seek my input. My experience may offer you immediate solutions, potentially saving valuable time. Additionally, I am open to conversations about your personal aspirations and professional journey. I am sure I can bring unique experiences, knowledge, and viewpoints to the table. I am committed to your success and welcome the opportunity to support your growth in any way I can. This principle of open communication extends to interactions among everyone in the lab.