Before You Start a Lab: What to Consider

There’s no one right way to set up a lab. From building a culture to purchasing supplies, determine what works best for you — and then run with it.

Tim Mosca, an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University, shares what he’s learned and observed from setting up and running his own lab, including one of the most important elements to success: Talk to people.

“Though it can feel like an isolating experience, as a new PI you’re not alone. There are people at your institution who have done it before you or who were hired at the same time as you,” he advises. “Listen to everything going on at your university to learn with whom you should talk.”

Click here for his lab setup checklist, which includes hiring and motivating staff, purchasing supplies, growing as a manager, and more.

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