Lab Policies

My goal is that all students and postdocs working in my lab receive practical training as plant breeders and scientists. By the end of their time in my lab, students will be capable of providing leadership in a cultivar development program by understanding the principles of plant breeding in the field, coupling these principles with modern tools to improve breeding processes and drive science forward.

Above all, I expect that members of my lab have take ownership of their projects and show leadership in the progress of their research track in my lab and enjoy their research projects. I encourage all lab members to think broadly and pursue their curiosity as much as possible.

My interest is for graduate students and postdocs to make the best out of their time in my group. My job is to maintain a research environment that enables and empowers lab members achieve the goals that they seek in their future careers. Whether that is in academia, industry, government or other sectors.

My specific responsibilities as PI:

  • Provide a research platform
  • Provide support for research projects
  • Develop research ideas
  • Maintain a healthy, fair and productive work environment
  • Proofread manuscripts and provide feedback.
  • Provide career guidance and facilitate career goals
  • Be accountable for outputs from the research group

Responsibilities for all members:

  • To behave respectfully, ethically, professionally and safely while working within and outside the research group. Mistreatment will not be tolerated.
  • To contribute to a healthy and productive research group environment.
  • To develop, design and conduct research projects.
  • To collaborate and work as a team
  • To have fun!

General Lab Policies

Safety

Health and safety are more important than your research. Therefore, we must follow the McGill safety code and the Canadian Biosafety Guidelines in addition to any other lab safety measures indicated.

Work hours

In general, work hours are flexible but group members are encouraged to be on campus during normal business hours (8am-5pm Mon-Fri), as this is when you will be able to interact with lab members. There will be times when your research project will require to work beyond the expected number of hours or weekends (i.e. field season, weather windows, deadlines etc). It is my policy that as long as we are achieving our individual and group goals, time off and work schedules should remain flexible. Group members should take time off, but let me know at least two weeks in advance when you are planning on taking more than one day off.

Without exception: All lab members are expected to assist in the field during the growing season in the summer and crossing season in the winter, this includes working on their own projects or the projects of others. This is how you become a plant breeder.

Conferences

All lab members are encouraged to attend at least one conference per year only if work is being presented at the conference, please send your abstracts/posters to me well in advance to review and practice talks. Lab members are encouraged to apply for funding from McGill and from the conference, if possible. I will provide supplementary funding if necessary.

Lab Activities

Attendance to weekly lab meetings is expected of all lab members. We run a lab journal club on Fridays usually accompanied by a beer. Attendance to these and other lab events are encouraged but not mandatory. Students are strongly encouraged to attend departmental seminars during the semester.

Authorship

My lab adheres to the guidelines from the ICJME to determine authorship:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Whenever possible, articles will be submitted as open access and I expect lab members to practice open science. Lab documents will be available through github, R markdown, readme files, this website etc. – so it is intelligible and reusable in the future. All lab members are required to maintain a lab notebook that is sufficiently detailed to reproduce results.

Expectations of Postdocs and senior PhD students

  • Attend and prepare for weekly lab meetings and journal article discussions.
  • Assist with identifying and writing postdoctoral fellowships and funding.
  • Assist in proofreading of manuscripts.
  • Writing and submitting manuscripts. I expect senior PhD students and postdocs to publish at least 1.5 papers per year (as first or co-author).
  • Assist in proofreading and providing feedback for manuscripts/presentations from other lab members.