|Lab poster made by Omar for the EMBL lab day|
During the third year we said goodbye to Juan A Cordero Varela (master student, linkedIn). Marta Strumillo, that was doing an internship, stayed on to do her PhD in the group. Towards the very end of last year we were joined by two additional postdoctoral fellows, Bede Busby and Cristina Vieitez. As I had mentioned last year they will be working at the Genome Biology unit in Heidelberg in a close partnership with Nassos Typas' lab. Bede and Cristina are setting up yeast genetics methods to study protein modifications. This year I also started a blog series on our group members and I will try to get everyone to participate.
Group size and grant applicationsAt least for one year I have let myself apply for fewer funding opportunities. The group has now 12 members with one additional person joining this March. I am not sure what is the best strategy to manage the size of a group. Most grants and fellowships have very low success rate (10% to 30%) and if the objective is to maintain a specific group size then one would have to be very lucky to get just enough funding to stay at steady-state. I suspect that many group leaders just keep applying to all available funding and let the group size increase and collapse according to the success of the applications. I would be curious to hear from others what their thoughts are on this. My current impression is that somewhere between 5-15 people is a manageable and efficient group size but does anyone limit growth to stabilize group size ?
To be, or not to be, an experimental group (revisited)
|Cristina and Bede at the visitor |
lab space in EMBL-EBI