Our values

We value diversity and teamwork: The unique experiences and identity of each member of our lab provides opportunities for meaningful and distinct contributions to the lab culture, our research goals, and the educational mission of the University. Most of our research projects require that multiple individuals work together and leverage their strengths to advance technology and scientific knowledge. Our lab is strengthened by having a diverse set of voices to identify new questions, propose new solutions, and offer different interpretations of results.

We strive to always be kind to each other: It is critical that we listen and learn from each other. We recognize that it is important to be respectful of the different life experiences and demands of each lab member. We understand that contributions of lab members to our research and educational missions can come in many different forms. We all need to educate ourselves, self-reflect, and fight against exclusionary actions that create a negative environment for others, including implicit bias, microaggressions and discrimination based on race, gender, age, religion, and identity. There are systemic barriers and inequalities that make careers in STEM fields much more challenging and stressful for many people. It is important to seek ways to transfer the benefits of our own privilege to support others and amplify their voices.

Be kind to yourself: Research is a marathon, not a sprint. We need to be careful not to exhaust ourselves in this pursuit. Lab members are encouraged to let Dr. Quinn know if they need to reduce their time in the lab because due to struggles with a course or personal situation. We will adjust expectations based on the unique needs and goals of each lab member. Graduate students are more than six times as likely to experience depression and anxiety as compared to the general population (Evans et al., Nature Biotech, 2018). We can seek help from Dr. Quinn, other lab members, or other campus resources such as Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). It is important that we take care of ourselves and remind others to take care of themselves.