In this video, Elba Serrano, Regents Professor of biology at New Mexico State University (NMSU), shares her experience as a leader in her lab.
Serrano stresses the importance of facilitating inspiration because the lab is a place of innovation, where risks and possible failure can be frequent. Focusing on connecting people’s interests and curiosity to the bigger picture of the scientific research questions the lab is facing is for her a key component of leadership.
Serrano takes her leadership one step further and applies those same principles of inspiration and innovation beyond the bench.
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Elba Serrano, PhD
Elba Serrano is the principal investigator and program director of New Mexico State University’s Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) and the co-founder principal investigator of the NIH Building Research Achievement in Neuroscience (BRAiN) program. She is also the Regents Professor of biology at New Mexico State University. Serrano is currently a member of the ACD Next Generation Research Initiative Working Group, the NIH BRAIN Multicouncil Working Group, a faculty adviser for the International Neuroethics Society Student/Postdoc Committee, and the co-chair of the NIH Diversity Working Group. Her biomedical research focuses on disorders of hearing and balance, sensory organ formation, and neural tissue engineering. Serrano earned her BS in physics from the University of Rochester and her PhD in biological sciences with an emphasis in neuroscience and biophysics from Stanford University.