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Episode from the podcastThe Lonely Pipette : helping scientists do better science

TLP #2 : Challenges of an institute director - Susan Gasser

Released Monday, 5th October 2020
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In this episode we talk to Susan Gasser about her journey to institute director and how she dealt with the challenges of the job.
  • We discuss about how to choose a good project and to focus on the scientific question
  • Susan stresses the importance of building a lab culture based on collaboration and teamwork
  • She shares her advice how to manage conflicts and provide criticism without it getting personal
  • We talk about Women In Science awards and the future of European science
  • Susan shares some personal advice about the importance of coaching and self-awareness
  • She also gives tips about getting balance right between work and family and between Science and administrative responsibilities

She mentions these labs and institutions
  • Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI)
  • Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research
  • University of Geneva
  • Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)
  • She also paid tribute to her mentor Gottfried (Jeff) Schatz
  • And the Lee Hartwell paper in Science 1974 
“Genetic control of the cell division cycle in yeast”

To find out more about Susan visit her lab website or follow her on Twitter

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Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindler