Ambros, Mello to speak on RNA Therapeutics Institute March 28

3/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Craig C. Mello, PhD (left) and Victor Ambros, PhD

Victor Ambros, PhD, the Silverman Chair in Natural Sciences and professor of molecular medicine, and Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell & developmental biology, will hold a seminar, “Leading as a Team,” on Thursday, March 28, about what they have learned working together during the initial stages of building the RNA Therapeutics Institute (RTI).

The event, part of the Office of Faculty Affairs Leadership Series, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room. 

Dr. Ambros and Dr. Mello will discuss how leading as a team presents interesting challenges as well as advantages. The points they will discuss include the following:

• A leadership team provides an immediate “critical mass” of individuals committed to a new endeavor, and also provides a framework for collective learning, especially for those co-directors for whom leadership is a new experience.

• Each co-director possesses unique skills and inclinations that can complement those of the others directors. With practice, the directors learn when and how to mutually delegate responsibilities.

• Certain aspects of directing the RTI require discussion and consensus amongst all the co-directors, while other aspects are conducive to a division of labor.

Melissa Moore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigatorand professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, are also co-directors of RTI. Dr. Moore will not be able to present at this seminar as was previously advertised.