Starting a Lab at an R1 Institution

ASCB is presenting a series of Education and Professional Development videos for the benefit of our members.

Starting a Lab at an R1 Institution

This video was recorded Dec. 10, 2019 at the ASCB|EMBO Meeting. Organized by the ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS). Moderators: Tim Fessenden, MIT and Amanda Meyer, University of Southern California


  • Erin Goley, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Puck Ohi, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Medicine
  • Dorothy Lerit, Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Jeffrey Woordruff, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

The transition to any leadership position comes with new challenges and unknowns. This especially holds true for starting one’s own lab where there is no one set of guidelines or ways to go about it. This panel will provide insight and guidance for trainees on how to find and start their own labs at an R1 university. Participants will learn about the different aspects of starting and running a lab, such as interviewing and hiring, budgeting, mentoring, how to recruit students and postdocs, and much more.


  1. Gain insight and knowledge into the process of starting a lab and the unique challenges that come along with it.
  2. Benefit from multiple individuals’ own experiences in starting a lab at different universities to learn about valuable resources and key information to help facilitate the process of finding and starting a lab at an R1 university.
  3. Interact with panelists directly to ask questions and gain insight that you otherwise may not have access to .

About the Author:

Mary Spiro is ASCB's Strategic Communications Manager.