Maximizing Shared Research Resources

Sheenah Mische, NYU Langone School of Medicine

Shared research resources – from high tech core facilities to living collections and national laboratories – broaden researchers’ access to advanced technologies and materials and make efficient use of institutional space and funds. Cores support transparent processes for knowledge and data management for institutions and are integral to multidisciplinary translational team science. However, shared resource providers face challenges that limit their ability to offer cutting-edge services. This presentation will include the results of a survey of resource users and providers as well as FASEB’s recommendations to leverage shared resources.

Learning Objectives

  • Shared resource core laboratories are hubs for collaboration and education, and best integrated on campus with easy access for all members of the institution, and consultation space for planning and discussing experimental design and results.
  • Design considerations for shared resource core laboratories are primarily dictated by their technology focus and expertise. With a 3-5 year life cycle for any technology, space should be designed as flexible to meet changing needs while meeting EH&S and IT data management requirements.
  • Shared resource laboratories generate the majority of data on campus. As such, data sharing is an important piece of an overall data management plan and life cycle.
  • Both business continuity and emergency response plans are essential for each core and incorporated in the institutional emergency response plan.


Sheenah Mische is Senior Director of the Division of Advanced Research Technologies (DART) and Associate Professor of Pathology at NYU Langone School of Medicine.  In her role she provides oversight for all scientific shared resource cores, supporting collaborative translational interdisciplinary research.   Sheenah has 30+ years of executive leadership in academia and industry, integrating multidisciplinary teams and strategic technology investment to drive innovation and collaborations.  Before joining NYU Langone, she was Director of Translational Sciences and Director of Protein Resources for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.  Prior to that she was Director of the Rockefeller University Technology Center.   She received her MS in Biochemistry from NYU and PhD in Experimental Pathology from Yale University.   She serves on the Board of Directors for the Federation of American Scientists and Experimental Biologists (FASEB), chairs the FASEB Shared Research Resources Subcommittee, and is a member of the Association of Biomolecular Facilities (ABRF), serving on the Executive, Career Development, Education and Core Rigor and Reproducibility Committees.


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