When it comes to challenges in the lab, Marian Walhout says that it isn't funding or technical issues that bog her down but rather, the task of running a lab, period. She says that for the most part, she's had to learn as she goes when it comes to managing her lab, because at no point in her training was she ever prepped on the task that lay ahead. "When you start, you change from running your own project to running an enterprise and doing many things that we're not trained for such as management, finance, dealing with the psychology of the people in the lab," she says. "That has been both the most challenging and the most exciting part, people skills and money and PR and politics, it's like when you start a lab, the science becomes the easy part."
The Unsuspected Challenges in the Lab
Nov 16, 2009