A scientific career is a great priviledge. It is a not a job, but rather a vocation. The obligation of the current generation of investigators is to share this with the next, and equip them with the skills necessary to succeed in an internationally competitive environment. We are committed to teaching students, and fellows, not what to think…. but rather how to think. Methods soon become obsolete, but the intellectual framework required to test a hypothesis remains the same.
We instill into our new recruits the value of experimental design, the importance of controls and quantitation, and the ability to analyse data critically. We train students to present their data with clarity and precision, in both written and oral forms, so their message is heard.
We take great pride in the fact that numerous alumni from the Keays lab have gone onto successful careers in both industry and academia. Mentorship, in our view, is not defined by a contractal end date but is an ongoing commitment.