Graduate and postdoctoral education are critical components for most careers in science where people value independence and upward mobility. My philosophy is that earning a PhD indicates that you are an expert in a well-defined area of science and that you have the skills needed to do science at a high level. That includes dissemination of that science. If you can convince me that you have met this ideal, then you are ready to defend your dissertation. If you join my lab as a postdoctoral researcher, this is what I expect of you. The Schloss lab is best thought of as a “humane start-up” where we work harder and at a more rigorous level than we ever have to expand understanding of the role that he microbiome plays in health and disease. Passion, industriousness, thick skin, and sense of humor are critical.


I care deeply about the physical and mental health of the people that work in and around my lab. Beyond your own safety, failure to follow proper laboratory practices could put the safety of other lab members and the viability of the lab as an entity into jeopardy. With this in mind…

Career development is a continuous process

You should have a list of things you would like to learn and apply to your research or keep in your back pocket. These can be as simple as improving time management to learning d3js. You will never develop these skills unless you work on them. Plan ahead at the scale of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly for when and how you will develop these skills

Make the research group look good by your research, behavior, commitment, and citizenship

General expectations for labbies

Specific expectations for each rank of labbie


Graduate students



* this is a joke, folks. a joke.