What to Expect & Mentoring

We’re looking for scientists with a vision for their own research and scientific career. Interest areas include: Cancer, immunology, precision medicine, computational biology, machine learning, cell identity, signaling, chemical biology, and single cell tools. To get a sense of what these topics mean to us, check out our recent publications on Google Scholar & Pubmed.  If any of these publications strike you as similar to the type of work you would like to do, please mention this.  Prospective rotation students may want to read about potential graduate research project opportunities.

Rotation students, students in medical school, undergraduates, and beginning graduate students will receive significant project guidance and mentoring, whereas senior graduate students, physician scientists, and postdocs will be expected to become more self-directed.  Dr. Irish will work closely with you to develop scientific and career skills and help to place you into your next position when you finish in the lab.

Graduate and postdoctoral students in the Irish lab will hone writing, figure design, presentation, bench, and data analysis skills and be expected to author papers and seek fellowships.  Postdocs and senior graduate students will have opportunities to participate in grant writing, manuscript review, and mentoring.

Our regular lab meetings include a data round table (show recent results in a figure), lab meeting (one person presents their story), journal club, and 1-on-1’s with the PI.  Lab members will also attend weekly seminar series associated with their Graduate Program and potentially a training grant or fellowship.

Students will be encouraged to attend external scientific meetings when they “have a story to tell” and will derive some project or career benefit from the meeting.  This means submitting an abstract and having a fairly mature story that will soon be ready for publication.  Students are expected to apply to meetings early enough to be eligible for travel and merit scholarships from the meeting, to seek institutional funds to support their travel, to present an abstract on their work (poster or talk), to explain formally how attending the meeting is beneficial to their project and career goals, and to report to the group on the meeting after they return.  After a student has work in press or published, they may be encouraged to accept invited speaking opportunities where they will travel to present their work or be part of teaching courses on their work.