values, culture, expectations, resources





Diversity Equity Inclusion Belonging

We strive to be a team of wonderful colleagues without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or age. We believe in the value of diverse thinking, in initiatives to promote inclusion, and in a caring lab culture to achieve equity.  Some resources [continuously expanded] to achieve this aim:

- Our anti-discrimination policy: 

- Reporting violations 

- General

- Changing Culture and Climate initiative of Plantae  

-  Anti-Racism resources

Important link between the origin of statistical genetics and racism (eugenics)

Important misuse of genetics research by racists

Carnegie has a dark history of involvement in eugenics research with the Genetics Department of Cold Spring Harbour. While this research was de-funded in 1939, it is important we are informed about this and denounce it. An important public statement of Carnegie President on the eugenics history:


- Women in STEM

-WISE and WISSH Groups
Mentoring groups for doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars promoting the success of women in science and engineering

Mental Health resources

- Stanford offers professional help and resources:; 

Get advice in any conflict or report violations of conduct

We denounce any kind of discrimination or violence, verbal or physical, and aim to provide resources when conflicts arise or to report misconduct. 

- Every member of our lab and community has access to independent, confidential, and impartial Ombuds: Ombuds are trained professionals who can help you from having confidential conversations about improving communication skills to reporting misconduct. 

- Again, violence of any kind, verbal or physical, is not tolerated. To make an official report go to: .

Lab policies


You are not expected to come into the lab on weekends or holidays. We all need time off.

Be respectful of your labmates work-life balance when using Slack or emails during those times.

In fact, there are no precise hours you are expected to keep. As long as you are getting your work done you can do it at whatever time of day you like. One of the benefits of academia is having flexibility in your work schedule. In this vein, you are welcome to work ‘off campus’ when desired (i.e from home, a coffee shop etc). Chatting and working in person is one of the most enriching and motivating parts of our work, so we aim to overlap ~10 am - 2 pm. 

You are however expected to regularly attend the standard weekly lab events.


Prepare a few minutes introduction/update on your project with a few bullet points on our group meeting doc (if you have new results you can add a couple of slides here). Discussions on interesting papers related to your project are very welcomed.

It is OK if plots and data are not publication ready, we want to see raw data and logical discussions.


✔ If something is important and has a firm deadline it is crucial to tell your collaborators and people, whose help you need. You should tell the relevant people the deadline as soon as you know when it is and make sure to remind them as the date approaches. This also means you shouldn’t be afraid to ‘bug’ someone about it.

✔ If something has a hard deadline for me, give me at least *one weeks’ notice* to do something that doesn’t require a lot of time (e.g. reading a conference abstract, filling out paperwork). If it requires a moderate amount of time (e.g. letter of recommendation, award nomination) give me at least *two week's notice*. If something requires multiple multiple back-and-forth interactions (research statement, teaching statement, grant/fellowship application) it would be best to have a *draft at least three weeks* before the submission deadline.

To give you a sense on the time this takes (that I need to find somewhere in the week’s schedule)
- A paperwork/conference abstract may take 30min-1h.
- A good letter of rec or nomination would take ~3h.
- A fellowship/grant review (one round) can take half/one day, depends on the topic/length/round of review. 2-3 rounds of review would be ideal for important fellowships/grants, but we also may need brainstorming meetings about the topic, questions, structure.


It is extremely important to keep a carefully documented laboratory book or code. For that, the lab will mainly use Gdocs (although we can use if helpful) and  for dry lab we use (see guides subpages).