Himanshu Shekhar is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar. He was one of the Young Investigators selected to attend YIM 2020 in Mahabalipuram. In this invited article, he talks about the importance of learning and applying strategic management skills when a researcher is first setting up their independent lab.
Amit Lahiri is a Senior Scientist at CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. He is one of the Young Investigators (YIs) selected to attend YIM 2020. In this invited article, he writes about the need for a researcher who has recently set up his/her lab to balance benchwork with other necessary activities such as writing grants, teaching, and administrative work.
Charanya Ramachandran is a Scientist at the Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Stem Cell Biology Laboratory at LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. In this invited article, she writes about her journey from the clinic to the laboratory and back, and some important lessons learned along the way.
Shilpak Chatterjee is a Senior Scientist at the CSIR-Indian Institute for Chemical Biology. In this invited article, he writes about how one can best utilize the post-doctoral training period to have a head start when it is time to set up one's own independent laboratory.
Priyanka Upadhyai is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Genetics, Kasturba Medical College, MAHE, Manipal. In this article, she writes about her experience of joining a medical research organization with a background in fundamental science and successfully navigating clinical collaborations.