Shirley Tilghman talks about a Malthusian dilemma in biomedical research. For almost a decade, available research dollars has stayed the same or decreased, while the number of awarded PhDs has risen rapidly. This has resulted in an increase in training times for graduate students and post-docs - a phenomenon she calls a “bulging pipeline.” Tilghman presents several concrete solutions to begin to address the impending unsustainability of the biomedical workforce.
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About the Speaker
Shirley Tilghman is the President Emerita and Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Dr. Tilghman is a strong visionary and leader in academic research and higher-level education. As President of Princeton University for 13 years (2001-2013), she implemented policies and initiatives that supported better training of Princeton students and increased diversity in the faculty and student body. She participated in the National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group in 2012, and has voiced her concerns about the future of biomedical research in meetings and publication (Alberts B, Kirschner M, Tilghman S, and Varmus H, PNAS 2014). Along with her colleagues, she helped co-found the Rescuing Biomedical Research initiative.
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- Henry Bourne iBioMagazine: The Problem in Biomedical Education
- Kristin Krukenberg, Sarah Mazzilli, Gary McDowell, Jessica Polka iBioMagazine: Shaping the Future of Research
- Jon Lorsch iBioMagazine: Lab Size: Is Bigger Better?
- Gregory Petsko iBioMagazine: The Post-doctoral Situation
- Watch his archived Q&A on postdocs and the biomedical workforce
- Keith Yamamoto iBioMagazine: Time to Rethink Graduate and Postdoc Education
- Watch his archived Q&A on trainee education