How to Set Up, Staff, and Fund Your Basic Science or Translational Research Laboratory

  • Jashodeep Datta
  • J. Joshua SmithEmail author
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


Establishing a basic or translational research laboratory is a significant undertaking that requires rigorous commitment, supportive mentorship, and meticulous planning. This chapter will review the resources that are typically required, including space, time, personnel, equipment, and mentorship. It will then discuss various options in fulfilling such needs as well as avenues to acquire funding, including intramural and extramural sources. Finally, we will briefly consider how to maintain the laboratory once it has been established and how to respond to unexpected setbacks.


Basic science research Translational research Laboratory Set up Staff Funding Space Equipment Regulations 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the previous authors Marc Basson and Harvey Bumpers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Colorectal ServiceMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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