Professor Josh Brickman in Nature - talking about lab transitions – University of Copenhagen

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19 November 2015

Professor Josh Brickman in Nature - talking about lab transitions

The bumpy road to relocation

Professor Josh Brickman has joined DanStem, the University of Copenhagen, as a group leader. He had to transport multiple types of animal, recreate several mouse lines, resettle his group members and, for a time, supervise labs both at the U.K. and Denmark.

Josh Brickman began his relocation in 2011, from the University of Edinburgh, to the University of Copenhagen, where he had accepted a group-leader position at the newly created Danish Stem Cell Centre.

In a vivid and sincere way Josh describes his journey, moving lab animals, staff and family to Paul Smaglik from Nature.

Moving more than 100 frogs and 6 lines of transgenic mice were not a simple operation to handle. “It took much longer than we had expected,” Brickman says.

When Josh learned that the opening in Copenhagen would be delayed, he decided to move the bulk of his lab to temporary facilities in Denmark rather than to the new building in Scotland — even though he would later have to transfer again to the permanent lab.

Managing lab members in two sites proved challenging, especially while commuting between Scotland and Denmark weekly. 

Josh credits administrative support in both Edinburgh and Copenhagen for the smooth relocation of his group. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to moving lab, but there are ways to minimize the risks.

You can read the full story at Nature 527,399-401(2015)doi:10.1038/nj7578-399a