Academic scientists face many challenges in running their own lab. Beyond doing good research, lab heads need to consider many practicalities, including managing their staff (hiring, retaining, and motivating), developing reasonable timelines for projects and keeping them on track, and how to properly track grant budgets. Watch this Science Careers live webinar to gain insight from experts related to effective laboratory management skills. During the webinar you'll be able to submit questions live. Don't miss this opportunity to pick the brains of experienced and practiced academic managers.
Karen M. Hill-Williams, Ph.D.
Dr. Hill-Williams received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Maryland. She then went on to earn an M.S. in pharmacology/toxicology from West Virginia University College of Medicine and her Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology/biomedical science from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She did her postdoctoral training at Emory University and the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. Following her postdocs, she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Clark Atlanta University before moving to the Department of Pharmacology at Howard University College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor where she is currently on tenure track. She has been running her laboratory at Howard University for a little over two years.
Klaus Nüsslein, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Nüsslein received B.S. at the Technical University of Munich in Microbiology, and then specialized in limnology and microbiology to receive his Master's Summa cum laude from the University of Freiburg, Germany. At the National Science Foundation - Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University, he obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1997. Following a post-doctoral engagement in the Department of Biology at Stanford University, he joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1999. Dr. Nüsslein is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at the Department of Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts. His research specialty is environmental microbiology, focusing on the genetic diversity and population dynamics of microorganisms in their natural environments. Dr. Nüsslein continues to actively teach in the areas of biotechnology and environmental microbiology, and has been leading his own research laboratory for 10 years. He has also been a visiting scientist at the Technical University of Nagaoka, Japan, and at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Kelly Suter, Ph.D.
University of Texas at San Antonio
Science Careers Forum advisor
Dr. Kelly Suter obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from West Virginia University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Following her postdoctoral training at Colorado State University, Dr. Suter moved to Emory University where she became a research assistant professor in the departments of biology and physiology before moving to the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006, where she is currently on tenure track. Dr. Suter has had five years experience running a lab and has acted as an adviser on the Science Careers online Forum since 2006.
Moderator: Sean Sanders, Ph.D.
Dr. Sanders did his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, Dr. Sanders joined TranXenoGen, a startup biotechnology company in Massachusetts working on avian transgenics. Pursuing his parallel passion for writing and editing, Dr. Sanders joined BioTechniques as an editor, before joining Science/AAAS in 2006. Currently Dr. Sanders is the Editor for Custom Publishing for the journal Science and Program Director for Outreach.
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