Resources for researchers to help them start and manage a research lab (and the people in it!)

We will continue to develop content, tips, and resources for PIs to help them start and manage their research lab. If you know of resources you think should be represented here, please email Sara at

Resource Title Web Link
“Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientifıc Management for Postdocs and New Faculty” – an excellent manual put together by HHMI – Chapter 4 is “Staffing Your Laboratory” link
“Setting Up a Laboratory” and “A Primer for the New PI: How to Herd Cats AND Keep Your Boss Happy,” webpages with extensive, relevant resource links from the American Physiological Society Setting Up a LabA Primer for the New PI
“Starting a New Lab: How to Develop a Budget and Buy Equipment” – article from the American Physiological Society link
“How to Manage a Lab and Staff” – a collection of resources from Science Careers link
“How to become a good lab manager” – a nice article from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology link
“Lab Management 101” (Sept 2012) – an interesting article from GenomeWeb with a broader approach to the topic link
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Sara Volk de Garcia

Sara Volk de Garcia earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is interested in matters relating to science education and career development, diversity in science and medicine, and inequities in education, public health, and medicine. You can reach her at

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