PI Crash Course: Skills for Future or New Lab Leaders

The Principal Investigator (PI) Crash Course is a two-day intensive boot camp of seminars, discussions, and hands-on activity sessions to provide exposure to fundamental leadership and management skills and tools needed for success in your lab.


This two-day intensive crash course integrates the principle skills that future and new PIs may not develop during their post-doctoral training but will be necessary to survive as a new Lab leader and manager. Whether you are a doctoral student, postdoc, new PI, or looking to start your own lab, as a lab leader you will immediately be confronted on daily basis by a variety of situations that you must be prepared to handle. This crash course will provide you the tools you need to start your lab on the right foot.


Led by a team of experienced leaders and scientists in the field of environmental sciences, epigenetics, genomics, epidemiology, immunology, neuroscience and bioinformatics, this workshop will integrate lectures with hands-on sessions to put eight key “survival skills” into practice: Negotiating, Staffing, Leading, Mentoring, Managing People, Managing time, Managing projects, and Networking. Emphasis will be given to leadership styles, leadership vision, self-awareness, successful delegation, responsibility, problem solving, adaptability, communication techniques, goal setting, and strategizing. The Crash Course will conclude with a panel discussion with successful PIs at different stages of their careers, ranging from Assistant Professors to Department Chairs.


There is a limited capacity for the Crash Course. Senior post-doctoral students and associate research scientists about to start their independent position search are particularly welcome to attend, and we strongly encourage new and recent PIs to participate as it is never too late to get an overview of the survival skills that you will need throughout your career.


Prerequisites/Requirements: None.


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Speaker and Presenter Information

- Andrea Baccarelli, MD, MPH, PhD, Columbia University ​ 
– Tuuli Lappalainen, PhD, New York Genome Center
– Ana Navas-Acien, MD, MPH, PhD, Columbia University ​
– Diane Re, PhD, Columbia University
– Brandon Pearson, PhD, Columbia University ​
– Matthew Perzanowski, PhD, Columbia University ​
– Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH, Columbia University
– Robert Wright, MD, MPH, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Relevant Government Agencies

Navy & Marine Corps, Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, EPA, NASA, FEMA, National Institutes of Health, USAID, FDA

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Mon-Tue, Jun 24-25, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
Allan Rosenfield Building 8th Floor Auditorium
722 W. 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
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