Are you planning to run a research lab?

By James Burkett

Kerry Ressler eats breakfast like this every morning.

As a PhD graduate student, do you ever feel like you’re being trained on everything about how to run a research lab except how to actually run a lab? You’re probably not alone. Every year, the Emory Office of Postdoctoral Education runs a training workshop called “Lab Management in Academia” to teach people exactly the skills necessary to do so. Until recently, this workshop was available only to post-doctoral researchers as part of Emory’s Office of Postdoctoral Education; Emory’s training program for post-docs is among the best in the country. This leaves us graduate students in the unenviable position of wondering whether our own post-doctoral positions at other institutions will prepare us as well as Emory could.

That may change this spring. I recently spoke with Dr. Mary DeLong, Assistant Dean of Postdoctoral Education, who is in charge of organizing this workshop. She indicated that this spring, for the first time, a limited number of advanced PhD students may be allowed into the workshop on a wait-list basis. The workshop has limited space, and priority will go to post-doctoral researchers.

If you are interested in enrolling in the “Lab Management in Academia” workshop series for this Spring and are a 5th year student or above, please contact Dr. Mary DeLong at More information on this course as it becomes available can be found at


One thought on “Are you planning to run a research lab?

  1. Related to this, the Career Development Committee is hosting an event on Monday (October 28th) at 5pm titled “Preparing for a Career in Academia.” It will be held in the School of Medicine room 170A.

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