Engage in a Biomedical Careers Initiative (BCI) Internship in Research Administration.
Research must be funded, coordinated, regulated, reported and sometimes ultimately commercialized. These support services are known as research administration, and they surround and influence every stage of research. Research administrators raise funds, make funding decisions, ensure compliance with standards and regulations, write regulations, coordinate projects, investigate ethical issues, and many other related tasks.
Interested in Research Administration? Check out our overview of this career at the link on the right for more information on this career and the skills you will need to succeed.
Grousbeck Gene Therapy Center and Gene Transfer Vector Core, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Department of Neurology 2005-2008
Department of Genetic Medicine 2008-2010
The Grousbeck Gene Therapy Center aims to broaden applications of gene therapy to address unmet clinical needs in rare and common disorders. The Center centralizes expertise and resources to promote this mission through independent investigation, translation toward the clinic, and core services. The Center is directed by Dr. Luk H. Vandenberghe, a leader in the field of gene therapy.
The Vandenberghe Lab focuses on developing translational programs in collaboration with clinicians and disease experts, developing novel technologies, and investigating the fundamental aspects of in vivo gene transfer biology and host response to gene therapies. The laboratory’s translational efforts are primarily directed at ophthalmological indications.
The Gene Transfer Vector Core is a service core that provides inventory and custom-made AAV preparations to investigators across the Boston area, the United States, and internationally.
My work primarily involves managing the two basic research labs and the CORE facility, serving as the point person for large translational programs and 5-10 external collaborations. I also coordinate the viral production between our research team and the core facility. A typical workday for me includes planning and attending meetings, writing production reports, animal protocols, and research papers, helping address team concerns in the lab, and coordinating animal experiments, along with administrative tasks, such as equipment purchasing, filling requests from our collaborators, and helping to coordinate invoicing and billing.
Gain Skills and Experience
Get involved in committees (e.g. student government) or in outside organizations, and assume a leadership position, so that you gain organizational and leadership skills. It is important to show that you can handle multiple priorities and can communicate with different groups of people.
Graduate Student Association
Apply for grants; talk to your PI about the grant application, review and oversight process; attend grantsmanship workshops.
Earn a certificate in Introduction to Research Administration and Management.
Read through the services offered by the JHU SOM Office of Research Administration.