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RIA # 112: Dr. Melanie Nelson on Research Project Management

Dr. Melanie Nelson

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Melanie Nelson, a project manager with more than 15 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. She has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from The Scripps Research Institute and currently works for the scientific software company Dotmatics. Over the course of her career, she has managed projects and teams in small and mid-size biotech companies and served as a contractor and consultant for academics, government agencies, and large companies. She has a long-standing interest in techniques to improve time use and productivity, both for individuals and teams and is the author of Taming the Work Week: Work Smarter Not Longer and Navigating the Path to Industry: A Hiring Manager’s Advice for Academics Looking for a Job in Industry. You can find her online at and on Twitter at @melanie_nelson.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Project Management for Researchers [00:00-12:39]

In this first segment, Melanie shares some project management best practices for researchers.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Project Management with Collaborators [12:40-22:07]

In segment two, Melanie shares strategies for managing team-based projects.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 3: Personal Time Management [22:08-34:52]

In segment three, Melanie shares about some of her personal time management techniques.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-02:25]: Working with Disorganized Collaborators

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