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Research Development Series: Team Science

Today, modern research methods are more specialized and the world’s problems are more complex, requiring minds from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to come together in the form of team science. At this event, researchers are invited to learn how to succeed in the new landscape of team science, where true collaboration requires joint ownership and collective responsibility.

Michelle Bennet, director the Center for Research Strategy in the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, and internationally recognized expert in team science, will share what she has learned about high-performing, highly integrated research teams, and how to thrive in a collaborative environment. Discussion will be followed with Q&A.

Over the past academic year, the series was held in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will be held in a zoom format, subject to the status of COVID-19 cases in the community.

Research Development Series: Team Science
Nov. 2, 2021 | 3-4:30 p.m. 

Host and Moderator

Dan Sui  portrait.

Dan Sui

Vice President
Research and Innovation
Virginia Tech

Guest Speaker

MIchelle Bennet portrait.

Michelle Bennett

Director the Center for Research Strategy, National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health


Michelle Bennett directs the Center for Research Strategy, a science-based office that since 2015 collaboratively develops recommendations for addressing scientific opportunities, monitors the direction and application of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) scientific knowledge and resources, and identifies research funding gaps. Prior to taking on this role, she served as the deputy scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and before that was deputy director at NCI’s Center for Cancer Research. Bennett earned her Ph.D. in oncology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison studying genetic susceptibility to cancer and, as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, performed some of the earliest work on BRCA1 and BRCA2 including the characterization and localization of BRCA1 to the long arm of Chromosome 17.

Bennett has extensive practical experience in promoting collaboration and team-based approaches by bringing together research scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve complex scientific problems. She is a facilitator sought by individuals, teams, and institutions to help them devise strategies to promote collaboration and team-based approaches to scientific research. This work is conducted through seminars and workshops to help researchers better understand how they can apply strategies to build strong scientific teams.

She has supported efforts to increase diversity in the biomedical workforce, played a leadership role in launching and building the National Health Institute (NIH) Stadtman Tenure Track Investigator program, and developed a trans-NIH web presence for the NIH Intramural program. She is the recipient of many awards, including NIH and Institute Director’s Awards, the NCI Women’s Scientist Advisors Achievement Award, and the NCI Exceptional Mentor Award.

About this series 

In January 2021, the Office of Research and Innovation launched its Research Development Series to help faculty in their journey to increase the scope and impact of their research, creativity, and innovation portfolio. With events focused on different facets of sponsored research, from sponsor-specific perspectives to how to work with partners, this webinar series is intended to answer researchers' biggest questions and enlighten scholars at every step in their career.