Setting Up a “Lab”(Clinical or Basic Science Research Program) and Managing a Research Team

  • Fiemu E. Nwariaku


As a brand new Assistant Professor, the surgeon-scientist is generally excited about starting a new job as well as the possibilities for building their very own research program. However, there is perhaps no greater source of anxiety for the young scientist than setting up and staffing a new research program (either in basic bench research or patient-oriented translational research). In this chapter, we provide very broad guidelines and advice to help avoid those pitfalls and build a successful research program.


Academic surgery Laboratory scientist Surgeon-scientist Academic surgeon Basic science’ 

Selected Readings

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    Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty. 2nd ed. Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs Welcome Fund; 2006. Available at: Accessed January 2011.
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    Barker H. At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator. Upper saddle river, NJ Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; 2002.Google Scholar
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    Harmening DM. Laboratory Management: Principles and Processes. Upper saddle river, NJ Prentice Hall; 2003.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fiemu E. Nwariaku
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  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA

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