Perspectives on the formation of an interdisciplinary research team

M. V. Dodson, L. L. Guan, M. E. Fernyhough, P. S. Mir, L. Bucci, D. C. McFarland, J. Novakofski, J. M. Reecy, K. M. Ajuwon, D. P. Thompson, G. J. Hausman, M. Benson, W. G. Bergen, Z. Jiang

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As research funding becomes more competitive, it will be imperative for researchers to break the mentality of a single laboratory/single research focus and develop an interdisciplinary research team aimed at addressing real world challenges. Members of this team may be at the same institution, may be found regionally, or may be international. However, all must share the same passion for a topic that is bigger than any individual's research focus. Moreover, special consideration should be given to the professional development issues of junior faculty participating in interdisciplinary research teams. While participation may be "humbling" at times, the sheer volume of research progress that may be achieved through interdisciplinary collaboration, even in light of a short supply of grant dollars, is remarkable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1155-1157
Number of pages3
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 8 2010


  • Grant funds
  • Interdisciplinary research team formation
  • Tight economy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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