Roundtable: Young Investigators

Recent Session:
Establishing Your First Lab
January 30
, 2019 • RecordingPDF


Gregory Wiedman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Seton Hall University

Discussant: Doreen Badheka, Ph.D., Program Director,
School of Graduate Studies, Rutgers University

As a first time principal investigator (PI), the logistics of setting up your first lab can be daunting. From ordering equipment and supplies to recruiting the members who will work beside you, there are considerations to be made that most would not be immediately prepared for.

Join us and Dr. Gregory Wiedman as we dive into these issues and more, with an emphasis on answering the questions you might have as you prepare to begin your journey as a PI.

About Our Speaker:

As a first time principal investigator, Dr. Wiedman recently traversed the challenges inherent to setting up his first lab. He is eager to share this experience with the next generation, helping them prepare for their own adventure into the lab.

Dr. Wiedman is an engineer and a scientist with over 10 years of experience working in the biomedical field. He has overseen Undergraduate Senior Design projects as a graduate student and mentored numerous junior graduate students. His work has been cited over 100 times, and he has published first author publications as well as submitted his own articles as a corresponding author. He has received Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program Fellowships and a fellowship from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL).

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About Young Investigators

We work to enhance and support the careers of scientists, engineers, and data scientists. We don't do anything like placements. However, we offer programs to address "what they don't teach you in school".

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Doreen Badheka, Ph.D.Program Director, 
School of Graduate Studies - Rutgers University

Dr. Badheka is involved in developing platforms that enable graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to explore diverse career paths and develop relevant core competencies. In her current role she also serves as a liaison between the graduate school and various external organizations that include nonprofits, educational alliances and industry. She is passionate about advancement of basic and biomedical research as well as STEM education among younger generation.

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Neha Nigam, Ph.D.Consultant - Grey Health Consulting

Dr. Nigam was formerly an associate at Harlem Biospace after completing internships at the Technology Transfer Office at Rockfeller University and Rutgers University. Previously, she was an analyst involved in competitive intelligence, strategic business analysis and commercialization of early innovations in several therapeutic areas. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria, and conducted her postdoc work in the same field at UCL, Belgium. She has published insightful research on molecular mechanisms of abiotic stress responses in plants, and has presented at several international conferences. She is committed to expanding the applied aspects of innovative scientific discoveries, striving to be at the interface of business and science.

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Effective Communication in Biomedical Research

Communicating science in an understandable and impactful way is difficult. Even if you are speaking with other researchers, there may be a disconnect in what you think is understood and what is actually understand. Without effective communication, the importance and relevance you see in your own research will be missed by others.

This series focuses on effectively communicating complex topics in ways that can be understood by diverse audiences -- your peers, the public, and your potential investors.

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