Jon Lorsch uses compelling data to demonstrate that larger labs, on average, are not as efficient as smaller ones. Many factors contribute to this trend. For example, in larger labs, PIs spend less time per project and less time mentoring trainees. Also, larger labs result in reduced diversity of research and fewer chances for discoveries. Lorsch suggests we renew our focus on efficiency and invest in a “broad and diverse portfolio” of research. As Director of NIGMS, he is implementing a pilot program with this objective in mind, called the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA).
Jon Lorsch is the Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health. As Director, he leads the execution of NIGMS’s mission to promote advances in scientific research and biomedical workforce training. Lorsch came to NIGMS from Johns Hopkins University, where he was a professor in the Department… Continue Reading