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Don't Wear Your New Shoes (Yet): Taking the Right Steps to Become a Successful Principal Investigator

  • Jeroen de Ridder equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Jeroen de Ridder, Thomas Abeel

    Affiliations: Delft Bioinformatics Lab, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre, The Netherlands

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  • Thomas Abeel equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Jeroen de Ridder, Thomas Abeel

    Affiliations: Broad Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Magali Michaut,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Carcinogenesis, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Venkata P. Satagopam,

    Affiliations: Structural and Computational Biology Unit, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany, Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), University of Luxembourg, Campus Belval, House of Biomedicine, Luxembourg

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  • Nils Gehlenborg mail

    nils@hms.harvard.edu

    Affiliations: Broad Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: January 31, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002834

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People skills can be learned

Posted by FlorianMarkowetz1 on 01 Feb 2013 at 09:50 GMT

"Dr. Bourne thinks that supervising is a genetic trait rather than something that can easily be learned. Some people are really good at it, others are not."

Of course some are more talented in their people skills than others, but there are actually lots of techniques you can learn to lead a group and coach your students and postdocs. To me the EMBO leadership course was incredibly helpful. I can highly recommend it.

http://www.embo.org/progr...

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