We highly recommend that scientists with an interest in working with the IGBB in any capacity register for a MyIGBB
account. Registration is free, easy, and provides investigators with the most efficient and effective way of utilizing the IGBB.
While the IGBB Service Center can perform low-risk, fairly routine biomolecular tasks on a fee-per-service basis, some of your research goals may require (or would most readily be completed with) the help of professionals trained in advanced procedures and/or data analysis techniques. The IGBB research associates, most of whom have Ph.D. degrees and/or many years of practical experience, can be hired to conduct research tasks associated with their specialties. For example, let's say you need an expert in RNA isolation and RNAseq to help you complete a portion of a research project. You could train a student or postdoc to become proficient in these research tasks, but you may not have the experience, time, or money to train someone. Moreover, you may not have the instrumentation you need to do the research correctly. This is where the IGBB can help. Rather than training someone new, you can hire a highly skilled IGBB RA to perform the research for you. The savings in cost and time is tremendous! The process works like this:
- The principal investigator (PIs) interested in determining whether
the IGBB can help them in their research/analyses submits a request to meet/talk with an IGBB research associate via MyIGBB.
- A qualified IGBB
consultant then contacts the PI to discuss project goals, feasibility, and
approaches. This consultation is free.
- If the PI and the RA agree to a research plan, the
will generate an itemized quote for the PI that includes salary, fringe, reagent
costs, machine costs, etc. The duration of the employment agreement depends upon the needs of the customer and can range from a few hours to several months. In addition, IGBB employment agreements can cover fairly low weekly time committments spread out over long stretches (e.g., a customer may hire an IGBB employee to work on a project 5 hours a week for four years). Overhead charges and/or HPC² retainage costs may or may not be
applicable. Once a plan is set between a PI and an IGBB RA, a final quote will be sent to the PI for approval (via MyIGBB). Once the PI approves the quote, work can begin.
If you don't have funding in hand, but are working on a grant proposal, you can include the participation of an IGBB expert-for-hire in your proposal budget (note: you must make such agreements with the expert-for-hire through a MyIGBB itemized quote). To discuss a hiring an IGBB expert, please submit a MyIGBB HelpDesk ticket or contact us by phone or e-mail (see Contact).
PIs are asked to consider whether the participation of an IGBB employee in a project merits that employee's inclusion as a co-author on a resulting manuscript(s). The decision ultimately lies with the PI. However, the IGBB encourages IGBB staff and faculty involved in Proposal Partnerships
and Experts for Hire
to discuss/negotiate co-authorship with PIs before starting work on a project.
Gene ontology annotations and resources
IGBB Authors:Susan M. Bridges, Shane C. Burgess, Teresia J. Buza, Fiona M. McCarthy, Lakshmi Pillai
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2013
IMPACT FACTOR: 8.212
CITATION COUNT: 355
Dr. Nina Aboughanem
Associate Research Professor
Clay Lyle 156
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