Stop Being Selfish…during negotiations.

“Damien, you’re selfish!” said my old mentor. “For what?!” I was shocked. “You’re afraid to help the neighboring lab because what they might think of you? That’s selfish!” That was an eye opener. I was more focused on how I felt rather than focusing on how I could...
What’s Your Definition of a Life Science Leader?

What’s Your Definition of a Life Science Leader?

What would move you move out of your comfort zone? In 2007, I heard a talk by Eric Lander, president and founder of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the time, I didn’t realize how much that talk would influence my career. Afterwards I ended up...
Start up budgets aren’t about the money

Start up budgets aren’t about the money

Planning a budget isn’t easy. Are you about to start your own lab? Are you in the middle of budget hell, anxious about presenting to a grant committee? Most postdocs and junior investigators I speak to believe they need to start out by knowing how much money they...