We are a group of international and american scientists at different stages in our careers doing what we love, unraveling the secrets of nature to hopefully one day benefit humankind. We embrace diversity and aim to foster an inclusive and collegial environment in which all of our lab members feel motivated and engaged to participate in the generation of scientific knowledge through the scientific method.
We value diversity, creativity, curiosity, rigor, integrity, enthusiasm and humility.
What you can expect from me:
- As a mentor, I’m committed to your success and development to become an independent scientist. I’ll always treat you with respect and I’ll tell you what I think bluntly about the data, results or lab work.
- I’ll put all my effort to write grants to support our research and will help you get fellowships when applicable.
- I’ll adjust my mentoring style to suit your needs. I’ll do my best to guide you towards independence.
- I'll meet with you once a week to have discussions about experiments, results and plans. However, my office door is always open so, feel free to come ask questions, have discussions of results and troubleshoot experiments.
- I'll help you prepare papers and proposals and edit your drafts.
- I’ll do my best to send you once a year to a conference (depending on funding), for this you need to have enough data to present a poster or give a talk.
- I'll do everything I can to help you achieve your career goals and introduce you to people in positions that are related to your interests so that you connect with them in the future when you are in the job market.
What I expect from you:
- As a trainee, I expect you to conduct yourself with absolute scientific and academic integrity. Do not plagiarize or fabricate data. Be honest with me if an experiment failed, we all make mistakes. If you don’t know how to treat/present your data, please ask me.
- I expect you to treat all of your lab mates with respect, regardless of their career stage.
- I expect you to strive for excellence in your project, read the literature related to it and overtime own it.
- I expect you to keep a written record of your experiments (preferably electronic notebook) and I expect you to upload all results to OneDrive and share it with me. I need access to your data at all times.
- I expect you to attend all laboratory meetings and Micro seminars. Meet with speakers when you can, this will help your development as a scientist.
- I expect you to be a good lab citizen, please take care of our equipment and funds. Plan experiments well and troubleshoot systematically, be frugal with our funding. Clean the spaces after you finish working and follow safety/biosafety practices.
- I expect you to interact with your peers in the lab and other labs. These interactions are necessary for your development as a scientist. I ask you to please do your benchwork during regular hours precisely because troubleshooting on your own is a waste of time, discussions with peers are necessary.
- Getting a PhD requires hard work, science can be hard and things don’t always work the way we want. But there are moments of excitement when something works and you start to understand your system, this is generation of new knowledge. It’s not supposed to be easy. The more time you spend thinking, performing experiments and reading the better things will flow. I don’t count your hours in lab, you are the manager of your time but know that for obtaining a PhD, a student needs to invest time and work >40 h a week. Also, let me know if you are going to be away from lab for vacation or any other reason.
- Take care of your mental and physical health, do activities that allow you to relax and distract you. This also benefits productivity as a PhD student. If you are struggling with mental health, please seek for help, there are programs at IU that can help you.