I am supportive of trainees who are interested in pursuing a career in academic research, as well as those interested in teaching and other pursuits. I view mentorship as two-way street: my mentees and I will both learn from each other and help each other make progress in our respective careers. I am also interested in fostering a collegial, collaborative laboratory environment. We have developed a written laboratory compact that formalizes the commitments of the trainee and mentor to each other and to other members of the laboratory. I also utilize individual development plans (IDPs) with my trainees to help them identify strengths and areas for further training to help them achieve their individual career goals.
-Amanda Zacharias, PhD