Lab Management Coaching Group

The Lab Management Coaching Group is a small-group program for pre-tenure ladder faculty in the FAS divisions of science and SEAS, and certain faculty in the division of social science who are engaged in laboratory research.

Sessions topics may include but are not limited to managing research teams either in person or remotely, dealing with granting agencies, mentoring, interacting with peers or collaborators, managing career trajectories, dealing with institutional or departmental issues, and work-life balance.

The group will be capped at approximately 4-6 participants and will convene via Zoom video conference. The group will meet for five seventy-five minute sessions. The participants will agree in advance that anything said during the group’s meetings will be held in confidence within the group. The group will meet five times during the course of the Fall 2020 semester; tentative meeting dates are:

  • Wednesday, September 2, 9:30-10:45 AM
  • Wednesday, September 16th, 9:30-10:45 AM
  • Wednesday, September 30th ,  9:30-10:45 AM
  • Wednesday, October 21st, 9:30-10:45 AM
  • Wednesday,  November 4th, 9:30-10:45 AM

We will ask that all participants commit to taking part in all sessions. If you are interested in applying but are not able to attend on one of the dates listed above, please contact Alexandra Apolloni at, as we may be able to adjust the schedule in advance.

Each meeting will consist of a discussion facilitated by the consultant and focused on topics chosen from a list generated during the group’s first meeting. During each session, two or three group members will volunteer in advance to prepare and present a brief case study, example, or issue that they are currently dealing with of relevance to the topic of focus for that week. The consultant will guide the discussion to enable the group to explore the issues under discussion with a goal of identifying options for approaching or managing those issues. The consultant may also introduce didactic materials based on his workshops


Sessions will be facilitated by Carl M. Cohen, Ph.D. Carl is President of Science Management Associates and provides coaching, consultation and training in interpersonal, group and organizational skills to scientists and science executives in both the public and private sectors. Carl has more than 30 years of biomedical research and management expertise, including having been Chief Operating Officer of Biovest International focused on cancer immunotherapy and Vice President for Research and Development at Creative BioMolecules. Carl served as Chief of the Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology and Acting Chair of the Department of Biomedical Research at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston. During that same period, he also held the positions of Professor of Medicine and Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Carl is co-author, with his wife Suzanne L. Cohen, Ed.D., of Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. He is the founding Director of and has run the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Workshop Leadership in Bioscience since 2011. Carl did his Ph. D and postdoctoral training at Harvard University.


Pre-tenure ladder faculty members in the FAS who manage teams engaged in laboratory research are invited to apply.

Space is limited, and we apologize in advance that we may not be able to accommodate everyone who expresses interest.

Application Process

To apply, please fill out the online application form by August 17, 2020. You will be asked to describe your interest in and goals for the program and the impact that you anticipate it will have on your scholarly and professional life.