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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)
https://www.fmi.ch/
  • Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research
https://www.isrec.ch/
  • University of Geneva
https://www.unige.ch/
  • Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)
https://www.novartis.com/our-science/novartis-inst…
  • She also paid tribute to her mentor Gottfried (Jeff) Schatz
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottfried_Schatz
  • And the Lee Hartwell paper in Science 1974 
“Genetic control of the cell division cycle in yeast”
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/183/4120/46



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


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