April 13, 2018
This Week in HST
Volume 19, Number 30

HST Community Notices


Course Information
& Academic Resources

Conferences, Lectures 
& Seminars

Student Opportunities

Professional Opportunities

Career & Financial Guidance

HST Community Notices



Changes are about to take effect in your monthly stipend payment beginning April 2018.

Currently, graduate students who are getting RA, TA or Fellowship stipend payments are paid monthly, on the last business day of the month.
Beginning this month (April 2018), all monthly paid MIT faculty, staff, post docs, graduate students and fellows will transition to a semimonthly (twice-monthly) pay schedule. With this transition, you will receive half of your monthly pay on the 15th of the month and half on the last day of the month, or the prior business day if either falls on a weekend or holiday.
There will be no change to total monthly pay or tax withholdings, but under this new plan, you will be paid 24 rather than 12 times per year. All current payroll deductions will be evenly divided between the two semimonthly pay periods. The first semimonthly pay date will be Friday, April 13, 2018.
**All questions and concerns should be directed to payroll@mit.edu. FAQs are posted on the VPF website for reference.
Thank you for your attention to this payroll change which will affect many of you.


The “Martha Gray Prizes for Excellence in Research" were named to honor former MIT director Martha Gray.  Under Dr. Gray's leadership, HST's faculty, graduate programs and community outreach grew—underscoring her focus on developing connections among individuals.  Her passion for bringing together the diverse, yet interconnected, parts of the HST universe is part of her abiding legacy, and bears fruit in the breadth of HST student research. 

In the context of an impressive array of student research, the 2018 Martha Gray Prize Winners selected at the Forum were:

Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics
Nil Gural (MEMP), “A microscale human liver platform that supports the liver stages of Plasmodium vivax”    

Biomedical Devices
David Miranda-Nieves (MEMP), “In-flow preparation of collagen sheets with tunable fibril alignment for the engineering of arterial substitutes”

Cell and Molecular Biology
Annabelle Anandappa (MD), “Personal Neoantigen Vaccine for Glioblastoma Stimulates Neoepitope-Specific Intra-Tumoral T Cell Responses ”

Imaging, Acoustics and Optics
Agata Wisniowska (MEMP), “Proof-of-concept towards Magnetic Resonance Imaging neurotransmitter sensors”

Physiology and Systems Biology
Ryan Park (MD), “A genome-wide CRISPR screen reveals a restricted set of HIV host dependency factors”

Regenerative and Rehabilitative Biomedical Engineering
Rida Mourtada (MEMP), “Stapled Antimicrobial Peptides Overcome Multidrug Resistance”

Congratulations to all Gray Prize winners!



You are invited to the most anticipated event of the year - the HST Spring Formal! Enjoy a wonderful evening of music, dancing, food, and beverages with your fellow HST students and friends. Early bird tickets are available for a limited time, so get yours soon! 

Where and When: 
Sloan Samberg Conference Center
50 Memorial Drive, 7th Floor, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8pm-12am
Ticket Sales:
This year we are selling 150 tickets, 2 tickets maximum per person, via the AdmitOne (credit card) system. Cash and check options are also available through Laurie Ward at MIT and Patricia Cunningham at HMS.
- Early Bird: $30 per person before April 16th 
- Regular: $35 per person 
Online tickets can be purchased through the AdmitOne system here
What to Bring: 
Government issue ID, your ticket from MIT AdmitOne (paper or electronic version), and your best dance moves. Coat checks will be available for free.



We are delighted to call for applications for the 3rd Annual Broshy Graduate Fellowship program at MIT. The purpose of this Fellowship is to support the research and education of an exceptional graduate student whose work focuses on a novel, interdisciplinary project that has a good likelihood of being translated into an innovative commercial product and/or service that positively impacts healthcare outcomes and cost. The Broshy Fellow will receive $50,000 for one year to support her/his stipend and tuition, and research. The Fellowship would begin June 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be notified in mid-May.
Any MIT graduate student in good standing, pursuing either a Masters or a Doctoral degree, and who has completed at least one year of study at MIT is eligible.
Application process
The application must contain the following elements:
1] A nomination by the faculty advisor of the student, describing the academic achievements of the candidate and why her/his project
has a reasonable chance of being translated in to a commercial product that will advance human health.
2] A two-page description of the project and work planned in the next year prepared by the student candidate.
3] The candidate’s CV and MIT transcript. An unofficial copy of the WebSIS grade report is sufficient. The application materials should be submitted by email (imes_rfp@mit.edu) as a single PDF using the student’s last name and first initial followed by “_BroshyFellow2018” in the document name. (“LastNameFirstInitial_BroshyFellow2018.pdf”).
If the faculty advisor prefers to submit the nomination directly, it can be emailed to imes_rfp@mit.edu with “Student Name: Broshy Nomination” in the subject line.
Applications are due by April 27, 2018.



Arup K. Chakraborty has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

On April 4, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships (including two joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-fourth competition.

The list of the 2018 Fellows includes artists, musicians, authors, and other scholars, and can be found here. Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.  The Guggenheim Foundation has sought from its inception to add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding.

Congratulations, Arup!


HST was well represented this year at the Soma Weiss Student Research Day on March 13.  Three of the 4 speakers were HST students (Erik Bao, Donna Leet, Anthony Nguyen), and a number of our students won awards for their poster presentations: Andrew Nguyen, Ling-Ya Monica Chao, Scott Goodwin (honorable mention), Malia McAvoy (honorable mention).
Further information and pix may be found below.



The IMES Distinguished Speaker Series invites you to attend a lecture by Dr. Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
"Disease Networks and Drug Discovery"
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Reception: 4pm (E25-119)
  • Lecture: 4:30-5:30pm w/15 min Q&A (E25-111)
Faculty Host: Dr. Alex Shalek
Current strategies for drug development largely focus on identifying a single drug target believed to be central to disease pathogenesis, and screening large libraries in silico and in vitro for compounds that bind to the target and affect its function.  Complex human disease phenotypes, however, are rarely determined by single gene products.  Rather, each protein operates within the context of an interactive molecular networks that precisely governs phenotype.  In prior work, we demonstrated that discrete subnetworks within cellular protein-protein interaction networks are responsible for specific disease phenotypes.  Robust drug targets operate within these disease modules to affect subnetwork function; yet, variation in drug effect in a population is, in part, a consequence of the emergent behavior of the target in its network context.  Furthermore, the network connectivity and proximity of other proteins to the disease module to pathways within it can be used to identify alternate drug targets for a specific disease.  Using these and other network strategies that will be discussed, we have been able to identify novel drug targets for specific diseases, rationally repurpose approved drugs for different diseases than original designed, predict adverse drug effects, give insight into the genomic basis for the placebo effect, and define approaches to rational polypharmacy for the treatment of complex disease phenotypes.
IMES and EECS will be hosting a special seminar 
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  • 4–5pm
  • 32-D463, followed by a reception with refreshments.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Gary Tearney, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
“Seeing the unseen in patients: Advancing disease prevention and treatment through microimaging”
About Dr. Tearney
  • Remondi Family Foundation Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair
  • Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
  • Affiliated Faculty member, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
  • Lab, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, MGH
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, PhD, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
  • Research interests are focused on the development and clinical validation of noninvasive, high resolution optical imaging methods for human disease diagnosis
Today's gold standard for medical diagnosis is histology of excised biopsies or surgical specimens where tissue is removed from the body, processed, sectioned, stained, and looked at under a microscope by a pathologist. There are many limitations to this paradigm, including the facts that it is inherently invasive, time consuming, costly, and dangerous for some organs. Furthermore, oftentimes the diseased tissue is not readily seen by visual inspection. In these instances, the tissue is sampled at a random location, which can be highly inaccurate. If we could instead conduct microscopy inside the body, then we could overcome these limitations and provide real-time tools for screening, targeting biopsies, making diagnoses, and guiding intervention with cellular-level precision. This promise has motivated the development of a new field, termed in vivo microscopy, the goal of which is to obtain microscopic images from living human patients. Two in vivo microscopy technologies, confocal microscopy and optical coherence tomography, are currently available and in clinical use. Upcoming developments, such as whole organ microscopy, swallowable microscopy capsules, molecular imaging, and very high resolution microscopic imaging devices are in the pipeline and will likely transform how disease is diagnosed and medicine is practiced in the future.

IMES and BCS will be hosting a special seminar 
  • Monday, April 23, 2018 
  • 4–5pm 
  • E25-111
  • Followed by a reception with refreshments at 5pm in E25-119
Guest Speaker: UCSF Professor Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD

 “Advances in Imaging White Matter Microstructure and the Macroscale Connectome with Applications to Human Brain Development and Brain Injury”

About Dr. Mukergee: 

  • Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences,  University of California, San Francisco
  • Practicing attending Neuroradiologist, UCSF
  • Director, Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease, San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • MD, Cornell University; PhD, Computational Neuroscience, Rockefeller University
  • Research interests are focused on technical development and neuroscience and clinical applications of advanced imaging methods for mapping microstructure, function and connectivity in the human brain


Diffusion MRI has made enormous strides over the past three decades and is now the primary method to probe the living human brain across orders of magnitude of scale: from tissue microarchitecture to the whole-brain structural connectome.  Greatly improved gradient strength and speed, innovative pulse sequences, combined with novel biophysical modeling of diffusion MRI data, now enable the noninvasive measurement of biologically meaningful microstructural parameters such as axonal and dendritic density and fiber orientation dispersion.  In this lecture, I review the development of multivariate analysis methods that exploit the correlation of these microstructural metrics across space and across individuals, leveraging the larger diffusion MRI datasets that are becoming increasingly available in both healthy and disease populations.  In this vein, I present clinical applications to human brain development, to neurodevelopmental disorders such as sensory processing dysfunction, and to concussions and mild traumatic brain injury.  Finally, I discuss two recent advances in white matter connectomics.  First, I focus on mapping the anatomic embedding of the whole-brain structural network, which identifies special zones of vulnerability that are of particular importance in many white matter diseases across the lifespan, from premature infants to the elderly.  Second, I review progress in applying spectral graph theory to decompose the human macroscale connectome into its fundamental “eigenmodes”.  These structural eigenmodes provide a robust and parsimonious basis set with which to describe functional connectivity networks from fMRI and MEG, as well as to characterize the unique perturbations of brain network organization and activity caused by diverse neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.                                                

                   -John Crosby and hst-refs@mit.edu

The HST REFS want to remind you that they are here for you if you are feeling stressed, frustrated, or simply want to talk to someone. The team is made up of HST students and alumni who are formally trained in mediation services, and can provide confidentiality and function independently of MIT. They are here to be your first point of contact for a range of issues including conflicts within lab or matters of a more personal nature. For more information about them, visit: http://hst.mit.edu/people/students/hst-refs.

Any of the REFS are available for scheduled meetings at a mutually convenient time and location, so please feel free to email them at hst-refs@mit.edu.


Course Information & Academic Resources

For students, staff, faculty, and friends of MIT and Harvard/HBS
Help us test our app, and find out how your daily carbon footprint compares with your classmates & colleagues at MIT and Harvard.
Join the app pilot, starting now:
The Mobile Carbon Footprinting research team is launching an MIT/Harvard community-wide pilot test of our smartphone app  – it’s a great opportunity to learn about your daily footprint and how we can reduce our collective carbon emissions.
Not interested in your carbon footprint? We need your input too, so please consider helping us.
Download the app now to be part of the pilot. All it takes is running the app on your phone and checking the app once every day or so during the pilot program. We will give everyone who completes the app pilot a reward  – and our sincere thanks.
Email us at cressica@mit.edu and collync@mit.edu with any questions.
Harvard Catalyst is now accepting applications for Successful Grant Writing Strategies, an online course designed to provide an overview of the skills and comprehensive considerations needed to give participants an in-depth introduction to the grant writing process. Applications close April 27, 2018 - Contact us at SGWS@catalyst.harvard.edu with any questions.
Harvard Catalyst is also now accepting applications for Funding Your Research: NIH, an online course that will give participants an overview of the NIH grant submission process, with a particular focus on the R01 and K career development grants. Applications close May 23, 2018 - Contact us at FYR@catalyst.harvard.edu with any questions.
The ASL and Deaf Culture club is proud to offer ASL classes to the MIT community during Spring 2018. Our classes are taught by Deaf instructors who come to our campus. Location TBA.
Classes will meet for 8 sessions, Mondays and Wednesdays, starting April 16. Each class session will be 75 minutes.
Please find more information on the sign-up form: goo.gl/Z95hFJ
The Harvard GSAS Business Club (HGBC) is pleased to be offering the Mini-MBA program again this summer. The Mini-MBA Program is an intensive five-week business course designed for non-business students to gain a business background, and will be relevant to those of you who are interested in working in the management realm.  Applications are now open (see details below)!
Harvard GSAS Business Club Mini-MBA 2018
WHEN: Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 am – 10:30am; June 4th  – July 9th  2018 (tentatively) *students are expected to attend all 10 sessions
WHERE: Harvard Business School (exact location to be announced)
DESCRIPTION: Now in its tenth year, the Mini-MBA Program is an intensive five-week business course based on The 10-Day MBA by Steven Silbiger, designed for non-business students to gain business background through materials MBA students encounter in their first year of business school. Held twice a week, instruction is led by professors from Harvard Business School (HBS) or leading industry professionals in the traditional HBS case method. Students are therefore able to master the core concepts of business while also engaging with complex business problems and real-world scenarios under the guidance of some of the world’s top business thinkers. 
APPLICATION PROCESS: Our online application form, due by 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 29th 2018, can be found HERE. The enrollment fee is $200 for Harvard GSAS graduate students and postdocs, $250 for non-Harvard GSAS students and postdocs, and $300 for non-Harvard affiliates. This includes the cost of case reading materials, but students must purchase their own copy of The 10-Day MBA. Successful applicants will be notified after the end of application period with more details on course venue, syllabus and payment method.
Questions? Please visit our website at http://harvardgraduatebusinessclub.com or contact us at HarvardMiniMBA2018@gmail.com.
*This course is not an accredited degree program nor is it affiliated with Harvard Business School. All lecturers are volunteers and in teaching for this course do not act in the official capacity of any academic appointment they may possess.


Fall 2018 - IMPACT Program

Now accepting applications for post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral trainees
 — Own your career! —
Group mentoring, 1:1 advising, and community engagement will help you:
  • Gain a broader perspective on your research and career
  • Heighten the potential of your research to achieve real-world impact
  • Identify actionable opportunities to strengthen your work’s focus
  • Express your research mission with clarity and power to attract collaborators and support
  • Expand your professional network for lasting, valuable relationships
IMPACT provides group interdisciplinary mentorship with teams from academia, medicine, and industry, to help you focus your research ideas and career goals. The program is run out of MIT, but is an R25-funded NIH program, and thus is open to anyone in biomedical research in the greater Boston area (who can come to MIT for the mentoring sessions) and who is a US citizen or permanent resident, and/or has an MIT affiliation. 
Visit our website at http://impact-program.org
See a short video about the program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP2N4Db8B4g
The application form can be accessed at http://bit.ly//impact18b
Applications are due May 15, 2018
Questions? Contact: Deborah Burstein, PhD, Associate Director, IMPACT program (Impact@mit.edu)
Information about the Harvard i-lab and it's upcoming events and activities can be found here.
Upcoming (Tuesday, April 17, 2018):
The Other Side Speaker Series welcomes Drew Houston, CEO and founder of Dropbox, one of the leading online backup and storage companies. Join us for an evening of insights and stories on how to take a complex proposition and turn it into a simply brilliant company, currently valued at $10 billion.
About the Speaker:
Drew Houston is CEO and co-founder of Dropbox. Since founding the company in 2007 with Arash Ferdowsi, he has led its growth from a simple idea to a service used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Drew received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2006. After graduating, he turned his frustration with carrying USB drives and emailing files to himself into a demo for what became Dropbox. Today Dropbox is one of the world’s largest business software platforms.
Don't miss the chance to learn from the founder and CEO of a multi-billion dollar company.
NEW ELECTIVE TOPIC - Drug Discovery and Development 
Through short lectures and interactive team exercises, students will explore the key phases of drug discovery and development starting from identifying unmet medical needs and therapeutic targets through to health authority approval. Additionally, students will investigate the different disciplines that participate in the discovery and development of drugs and devices.

Session will be taught by scientists from the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. 

HST.590 will meet from 4:15-6:15pm* for spring, E25-117.
Dinner will be served at 6:15 with the opportunity to network with the guest speakers.

Spring Dates (3 sessions remain): 4/26; 5/3; 5/17

*note, the official MIT online schedule lists the course as 4-6pm because they do not post times on the quarter hour.


Community Wellness at MIT Medical works with the entire MIT community to provide the resources and programs that can help you make healthy choices.

Offerings include: Koru Mindfulness, Creating the Healthy Life You Want, and many other wellness classes.
Visit the Community Wellness website for more information and sign up for their newsletter.

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars


  • Friday, April 20, 2018
  • 1-5:30pm
  • MIT 3-170
Join us for a free half day conference at MIT on how the recent #MeToo movement has impacted higher education. There will be a mix of panels and workshops to encourage dialogue and learning between students, faculty, activists, and other experts. 
The #MeToo movement, started by Tarana Burke in 2006, has highlighted the prevalence of sexual violence within all aspects of our society - from Hollywood to college campuses. As more survivors share their experiences, we need more creative ways to support, prevent, innovate, and collaborate on this issue. Many marginalized communities have led the fight to end sexual violence, yet history has put their work and experiences on the margins. In order to truly focus on prevention and support, we must elevate these communities and their leaders. 
The conference will be followed by a cocktail reception to share what was learned and build upon the discussion!
Additional information can be found on the GCWS website or Facebook.
REGISTER HERE via Eventbrite (conference is free but space is limited)

Questions? Contact us at precisionmedicine@hms.harvard.edu
Patients continue to inspire and drive us to the leading edge of precision medicine.* Yet at perhaps the most exciting and promising focus of precision medicine—its application to oncology—precision seems to matter less than predicted even 5 years ago. On the one hand, therapies such as the immune modulating drugs have emerged that appear effective across dozens of different cancers, yet the discovery of “driver mutations” in individual cancers continues to influence drug development and clinical decision making. In this context, how can patients help drive optimal decision making and societal investments in effective treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases?
Our keynote this year, Greg Simon, President of the Biden Cancer Initiative, is ideally placed to answer this question both from the perspective of his role in founding FasterCures, patient advocacy within the pharmaceutical industry, and as a cancer survivor. Science and clinical care do not exist in isolation, and thus our first panel will address the question, "How do we overcome the disconnect between Patients, Clinicians, Insurers & Educators?" The panel includes leading representatives from payors, investors, data-driven oncology companies and media.
The question of patient leadership in precision medicine will be further explored in our second panel featuring citizen scientists, professional scientists who are parents of children requiring precision medicine therapies, as well as representatives of precision medicine companies, such as Editas Medicine.
Our third panel, composed of luminaries in technology and data science, will explore how digital technologies can help us complement molecular characterizations for further precision and to implement new precision medicine clinical workflows.
Our closing keynote will be delivered by Jeremy Levin, whose career trajectory from successive leadership positions at large pharmaceutical companies to leading his own rare disease precision medicine company might presage a tectonic shift in the life science industry.
The MIT Arab Students Organization (ASO) is organizing the first MIT Arab Science and Technology Conference (SciTech) 2018. 
  • Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • 8am-6pm
  • MIT Samberg Center (E52)
The conference will include talks and panel discussions by notable Arab scientists, researchers and industry leaders. It will also include an exhibition where participants will have the opportunity to showcase their research work, startup ideas or non-profit organization achievements.
Our theme for this year is “Reshaping the Arab World through Technology.” With more than 200 attendees from across the United States and the Arab world, SciTech is presenting the most prominent contributors to the scientific and technological landscape of the Middle East. We are providing the opportunity to receive valuable advice from our influential speakers, for startups to gain visibility from investors and possible customers, and to gather in pursuit of answers to some of the regions greatest problems.
As a result, SciTech is opening the floor to the public to present and showcase their contribution be it a research poster, a tech startup, or a non-profit organization. We are calling for the future leaders of science and technology.
Besides a chance to network with professors, speakers and potential investors in the Arab American sphere, there will be monetary prizes for the most influential work and a free dinner with the speakers.
If you would like to attend on April 15th, early bird tickets are currently on sale here. More information about the conference can be found on our website arab.mit.edu.
For any questions or comments, please contact us at scitech-exec@mit.edu.
  • May 5-6, 2018
  • Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Fifth International Mammalian Synthetic Biology Workshop (mSBW 5.0). This workshop will explore the latest trends and advances in the field, including recent foundational accomplishments and applications in addressing challenges to human health and beyond.  This one-and-a-half day meeting brings together world’s leading researchers in synthetic biology, mammalian and cellular biology, and bioengineering from academic as well as industry partners. Our scientific program will include topics in many applications of "Synthetic Immunology", "Synthetic Biology of Multicellular Systems", "Genes, Circuits, and Genomes", "Viral Vectors and Gene Therapy", "Host-Microbe Interactions", as well as a Panel Discussion on "The Future of Synthetic Biology Funding and Investments".
Full information (Call for Abstracts, Registration Information, Session Topics, List of Speakers, etc.) may be found at the Workshop's website.
November 15-16, 2018 - Vancouver, Canada
Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE
We'd like to invite you to submit your papers/posters/demo proposals for the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2018 to be held from 15-16 November 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.
FTC attracts researchers, scientists and technologists from some of the top companies, universities, research firms and government agencies from around the world. Each paper will be reviewed by at least three regular PC members or two senior PC members. The acceptance decisions will take into account paper novelty, technical depth, elegance, practical or theoretic impact, and presentation.
The conference programme will include paper presentations, poster sessions and project demonstrations, along with prominent keynote speakers and industrial workshops.
Complete details are available on the conference website : http://saiconference.com/FTC
FTC 2018 papers will be will be published in Springer series "Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing" and submitted for indexing to ISI Proceedings, EI-Compendex, DBLP, SCOPUS, Google Scholar and Springerlink. 
MIT's Science Policy Initiative and the Leading Technology & Policy Initiative are proud to announce the Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation. This lecture series, which includes imminent researchers and innovators from a wide variety of fields across MIT, will showcase the numerous forms that innovation takes and the pathways it can take from ideation to implementation. 
Topics include new biotech discoveries, automation, venture capital, and many others. 
The list of times and places are as follows. Additional information about the speakers and their topics can be read about in the links. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Wednesday, April 25, 6pm, E51-372: Suzanne Berger, Making in America
  • Tuesday, May 1, 6pm, E51-335: William Aulet, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
  • Thursday, May10, 6pm, E51-395: Susan Hockfield, Koch Institute
  • Tuesday, May 15, 6pm, 54-100:  Richard Lester, Industrial Performance Center
Gordon Research Conference — Lasers in Micro, Nano and Bio Systems
Integration of Laser Physics, Photonics, Materials, Nanotechnology, Biochemistry, and Biomedicine
  • June 17 - 22, 2018
  • Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville Valley, NH
An open and interdisciplinary forum to discuss the advances in micro- and nano-scale lasers and biological lasers, from fundamental principles and implementations to scientific discovery and biomedical applications. 
Keynote speakers: Federico Capasso (Harvard University) and Vladimir Shalaev (Purdue University)
Invited speakers: Toshihiko Baba, Gaurav Bahl, Hui Cao, Yu-Cheng Chen, Ji-Xin Cheng, Demetrios Christodoulides, Yeshaiahu Fainman, Ivan Favero, Malte Gather, Shang-Jr Gwo, Sven Höfling, Matjaz Humar, Boubacar Kantu, Anders Kristensen, Yong-Hee Lee, Henri Lezec, Huajie Liu, Ren-Min Ma, Nicola Martino, Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan, Jason Smith, Mark Stockman, Hong Tang, Geoffrey Waldo, Lan Yang, Vladimir Zharov
Chairs: Xudong Fan (Michigan) and S. H. Andy Yun (MGH, HMS)
Application deadline is May 20, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline.
April 19, 2018 – Sari van Anders (University of Michigan) 
Gender/Sex, Social Neuroendocrinology, and Feminist/Queer Science
Harvard's 2017-18 Gender and Sexuality Seminar Series - Sex/Gender: Theory into Practice - engages feminist theorists, science studies scholars, and practicing scientists in conversation about the constructs of “sex” and “gender” in biological and health science research, highlighting the work of researchers who devise innovative ways to analyze gender in intersectional biomedical research.
A reading group, open to the public, will accompany the seminar. For details and readings, or with other questions, please email wgssymposia@fas.harvard.edu
Future series events: 
All events take place from 4-6 pm in the Plimpton Room (Barker Center 133, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138) and are open to the public.
​Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard and the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
Yale’s​ ​Interdisciplinary​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​Bioethics​ ​offers​ ​a​n​ ​intensive​ ​and​ ​international​ ​summer institute​ ​in​ ​bioethics​ ​in​ ​New​ ​Haven,​ ​CT,​ ​open​ ​to​ ​graduate​ ​students,​ ​professionals,​ ​and​ ​select undergraduates. 
The​ ​program​​ ​features​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​morning​ ​lectures​ ​surveying​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​bioethics​ ​and​ ​over twenty-five​ ​small,​ ​intensive​ ​seminars​ ​on​ ​topics​ ​such​ ​as​ ​neuroethics,​ ​end-of-life​ ​care,​ ​law, philosophy,​ ​and​ ​technology,​ ​including​ ​one​ ​seminar​ ​in​ ​Spanish​ ​for​ ​native​ ​speakers.​ ​​ ​Students also​ ​visit​ ​the​ ​esteemed​ ​Hastings​ ​Center​ ​and​ ​receive​ ​weekly​ ​classes​ ​in​ ​professional development,​ ​culminating​ ​in​ ​the​ ​writing​ ​of​ ​a​ ​short​ ​paper​ ​and​ ​the​ ​presentation​ ​of​ ​a​ ​related poster​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Yale​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Medicine.​ ​Select​ ​students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​“Fast​ ​Track,”​ ​a​ ​close mentoring​ ​experience​ ​to​ ​help​ ​students​ ​develop​ ​and​ ​publish​ ​submissions​ ​to​ ​bioethics​ ​journals.
Full​ ​Program:​ ​June​ ​1​ ​–​ ​July​ ​21,​ ​2018 
Tuition​ ​$1,875​ ​for​ ​undergraduates,​ ​$2,275​ ​for​ ​graduate​ ​students, and​ ​$3,275​ ​for​ ​advanced​ ​professionals. 
Foundations​ ​of​ ​Bioethics:​​ ​​June​ ​4​ ​-​ ​7,​ ​2018 
Tuition​ ​$500​ ​for​ ​students,​ ​$1,000​ ​for​ ​advanced​ ​professionals. 
Course​ ​credit​ ​may​ ​be​ ​available,​ ​and​ ​housing​ ​is​ ​available​ ​within walking​ ​distance​ ​for​ ​an​ ​additional​ ​cost.  
Rolling​ ​admissions.​​Applications​ ​accepted​ ​through​ ​spring​ ​if​ ​space​ ​allows
For​ ​further​ ​information,​ ​see​ ​​bioethics.yale.edu/summer or​ ​contact​ ​Lori​ ​Bruce,​ ​Program​ ​Director,​ ​at​ ​​Lori.Bruce@yale.edu​.

Boston has long been known as a medical mecca of scientific discovery. Boston’s healthcare professionals and administrators are adopting practices from other high-risk and service industries. The ‘big data’ movement is thriving, fundamentally changing our healthcare delivery systems. Digital health investments are higher than ever before. Medical hackathons and un-conferences are now an every-weekend occurrence. And both redesign and innovation promise to change medicine as we know it. It’s all happening right here, right now. But the problem is that many of us don’t know it. Despite Boston’s innovative energy and a solid medical infrastructure, many medical providers and health care entrepreneurs remain in the dark about the opportunities, events and work happening in and around the city of Boston – and across the country. That’s where we come in.
At Medtech Boston, we highlight exciting medical innovation work in and around the city of Boston. We aim to start a discussion about the most exciting and controversial new healthcare offerings, igniting a new reputation for Boston as a city with first-class medical research and patient care, but also as a city full of passionate people who use new technology to think big thoughts about medicine’s most pressing problems.
More organizational information and event postings from Medtech Boston is available here.
Join Us at Health Care Innovations & Investment Summit, April 29-May 2 in DC!
See information here.

The Summit will connect digital health venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, digital health incubators, accelerators and premier service providers.


The goal of the Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative (GHMHI) is to provide MIT students the training to analyze critically the determinants of health and roles of medicine in society from historical and cross-cultural perspectives.

Global Health programs in medical schools, schools of public health, and universities and colleges across the U.S. emphasize how biomedical training, research, and practice, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations beyond the health sciences, are necessary to improve the determinants of health—whether social, political, economic, or biological.
Medical Humanities is a subfield of medicine that draws on the humanities, arts, and social sciences to analyze medical education and clinical practice.
Find more information and a calendar of upcoming events at http://ghmhi.mit.edu/.


Future topics will be similar to the previous Brainmap season, with some talks on Optogenetics, MR-PET, BOLD physiology, ultra-high field MRI, multimodal integration, contrast agents, and many more exciting topics!
Unless otherwise noted, seminars are held on Wednesdays at noon in seminar room CNY2204, MGH/Charlestown, Building 149.
A schedule of upcoming Brainmap Seminars can be found at: https://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/calendar
To sign up for the mailing list, please go to: https://mail.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/brainmap

Student Opportunities

The MIT Graduate Student Council is hosting a program called Profs-on-Tap, where students are invited to socialize with a professor/professional in the relaxed environment of Muddy.

On 4/17/18 Tuesday, the program features Prof. Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and Professor of the Practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Please note this is a rescheduled session so ignore the previous email with the same details. We had to reschedule due to bad weather and are now hosting the session on 4/17/18. 
Register to attend, here.
The Student Cable IHTFP Film Hackathon & CMS Media Spectacle is back and bigger than ever! 
Saturday, April 28th - Sunday, 29th
Spend a weekend with us creating your own 2 minute IHTFP-themed video and then showcase them at the media spectacle on Sunday! Prizes include Best Overall ($150), Runner-up: Best Overall ($100), and may include Best Cellphone-Only video, Best Interpretation of IHTFP, Best Experimental entry, Best Comedy, and more!
We'll provide the expertise and equipment -- just bring your ideas and actors! Any teams with an MIT affiliation are welcome!
Join us for the kickoff event Friday night (with pizza!) and the showcase on Sunday night (more food!)
Register a team: sctv.mit.edu 
For more information, please email ihtfp-hackathon@mit.edu
Sponsored by CMSW and the Chris Pomiecko Memorial Fund
We are seeking any HST students who would be interested in helping chart abstractions for a project.  To participate, you would need to have access to Partners medical records and would need to have Citi training in Human Subjects Research and Good Clinical Practice. 
The project involves doing chart abstractions to review germline genetic testing results in patients with identified alterations in BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB2 in tumor samples. 
If anyone is interested, please contact Brittany Bychkovsky, MD MSc, Instructor of Medicine, Breast Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (brittany_bychkovsky@dfci.harvard.edu) and we can arrange a meeting to discuss this more.
The GradRat team has a few important+exciting updates to share with all of you! Feel free to email us at gsc-ring@mit.edu if you have any questions. 
1. Order your ring before commencement! If you are graduating this June and would like to have your graduation ring delivered in time before then, you must order your ring by the cutoff date: Wednesday, April 18th. We cannot guarantee that you will receive your ring before commencement if you order after this date so DO NOT DELAY! If you'd like to get sized or place an order, you can buy online at http://gradrat.mit.edu or drop by our table at any of the following upcoming events before April 18th:
April 15th: Ashdown Brunch, 12-2pm [$25 discount for first 10 orders!]
April 16th & 17th: Ring Sales in E62 (Sloan), 11am-4pm
April 17th: April Ring Delivery Event in the Lobdell Room in the Student Center, 6-8pm 
2. Five Year Ring Redesign! We are excited to announce that we will be redesigning the ring this year after five years! The new design will be used on all rings with graduation years 2019 to 2024, and will be available for ordering from September, 2018. We are looking for enthusiastic students from all departments to be part of the ring re-design process, so if you are interested please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/p0YvMAmeC3uAF8YH2
3. Feedback on our current design and suggestions for the redesign: If you have any feedback on our current design (check it out here: https://gradrat.mit.edu/grad-rat-design) or if you have any creative ideas for our new design, please share with us here! https://goo.gl/forms/43XjWkcF5py3dtCn1
4. Unveiling Event in September! We will be unveiling the new design in a grand ceremony during orientation week in September (tentatively on Friday, September 7th), so keep an eye out for more information closer to September!
Feel free to email us at gsc-ring@mit.edu or check out our website: http://gradrat.mit.edu
What:  Pilot On-Demand shuttle service provided by MIT's transportation system
Hours: 11 pm to 2:15 am from Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 pm to 3:15 am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, replacing the regular Saferide routes during those hours. 
How do I call the shuttle? 
The on-demand service can be accessed via a phone app (TransLoc Rider: http://translocrider.com/), or via a website (http://ondemand.transloc.com/). You can also visit the Parking & Transportation website for more details (http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/shuttles/safe_ride.html)
Where does the shuttle go?
This pilot service is the culmination of collaborative work done by the Division of Student Life, the Parking & Transportation Office, the Graduate Student Council (In particular the Transportation Subcommittee and the Secretary) and the Undergraduate Association.
We are recruiting applicants for Graduate Resident Tutor and Graduate Resident Advisor positions for the 2018-2019 academic year. We have multiple positions in both our Undergraduate House communities as we as our Fraternity, Sorority, and Independent living Group communities.  
If you know anyone who would be a great candidate please share this email with them and have any interested person apply here.  
Any questions can be sent to BEAGRT@mit.edu


The Office for Graduate Education (OGE) Diversity Initiatives hopes your semester is off to a good start! The intent of our newsletter is to serve you so that you feel that the graduate community at MIT is a place where you feel at home; you are welcomed, you belong and you matter. 
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Excellent opportunities for two talented/motivated UROP students to participate in ongoing clinical trials in Boston area hospitals on the therapeutic treatment of patients with respiratory dysfunction. Premed/bio students are welcome to apply.
Requirements:  Familiarity with Matlab programming is essential. Background or interest in signal processing and physiology is helpful. We are dealing with real patients who are under medical care – strong student commitment is a must!
Responsibilities: Develop Matlab programs for analyzing clinical time series data from patients or from computer simulations. Adapt and refine an existing computer program written in Labview (a Matlab-based software package) for real-time data acquisition and control of a therapeutic device in the ICU. Interact with research scientists and clinicians and provide technical support to facilitate those clinical studies.
Contact:  Dr. Chi-Sang Poon at Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, E25-250, cpoon@mit.edu.
Are you, or one of your grad students or postdocs, going to a conference this year?
Sparrho, a London-based science startup, is offering travel grants of $600 to PhD students and postdocs from any institute who want to share their research at an academic conference in the next 12 months, anywhere in the world.
The deadline for the Prizes to be awarded for May is Monday, April 30th, 23:59 PDT — there is still time to submit your online application.
To see the application form visit: http://grants.sparrho.com
Applications welcome from the fields of: Biology | Chemistry | Computer Science | Engineering | Mathematics | Medicine | Physics
MIT Graduate Assistance Information Network (GAIN) is a free 24/7 network of professionals who provide life management resources and referrals to help make life easier for MIT Graduate Students and families.
MIT GAIN services, which are available at no cost to you and your family, include:
  • Legal consultation
  • Financial consultation
  • Child care resources and personalized research and referrals
  • Elder care resources and personalized research and referrals
  • Relocation guidance
  • School/summer camp selection for children in grades K–12
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Career assessment
  • Resources for other life concerns, such as moving services, home repair and cleaning services, pet care, fitness programs & trainers, and more.
Take advantage of these additional MIT Work-Life programs and resources:
Find more information here.
MIT CONNECT: Free one-on-one Lunches
Are you interested in having lunch with fellow MIT students, faculty, staff and alumni this semester? MIT Connect is designed to create a more connected campus by arranging for friendly, informal, platonic lunches between individuals from all over campus, and all walks of life. We are providing $10 in Tech Cash towards selected lunches for participating students!
Feel free to contact us with question, comments, or concerns at questions@connected.mit.edu


Need Someone To Listen?
Whether you’re having a bad day or just want someone to talk to, Peer2Peer’s community of MIT students is here for you.

Log in and chat anonymously about whatever’s on your mind with someone who really understands.

A new program has started that is designed to help students who may be in need of support and direction, but who are reluctant to visit MIT Medical, or engage with S^3 or ODGE.  
Called “Let’s Chat,” this outreach, which was originally announced by Cindy Barnhart in her recent message about various student support initiatives, offers a drop-in counseling office two hours daily from Tuesday through Thursday each week, in 8-316. Students who want a low-energy-barrier way to talk to someone can sign up for one of several 20-minute sessions available from 1-3 pm Tuesdays through Fridays. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for students to reach out for help they might need, so no advance appointment is necessary; students sign up for a 20-minute time slot by simply marking an “X” on one of the designated times on the daily schedule, which will be posted outside the door to 8-316.  
This service will be staffed by clinicians from Mental Health, and is open to ALL students — graduate, undergraduate, any department. Urgent situations should continue to be routed to MH walk-in or urgent care; “Let’s Chat” will focus on listening to students taking the first step to request support, and on providing referrals when necessary.

At the heart of the MIT mission statement is a call to serve the nation and the world—and this charge is embodied by the MIT Public Service Center. Every year, we send thousands of students into communities locally, across the nation, and around the globe to apply their skills and knowledge for the betterment of humankind. In the Institute's best traditions of hands-on experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative problem solving, these students donate their time, create new technologies, form communities and companies—and ultimately change lives everywhere they go.
As part of MIT's Division of Student Life, we provide a central point of communication and support for the outreach and humanitarian efforts of the MIT community. We engage students, alumni, staff, faculty, and others in life-changing initiatives and social entrepreneurship ventures that provide needed resources to individuals and communities.
Sign up for the weekly Community Service Bulletin of Events and Programs here.
News and upcoming events are posted on the homepage.


Professional Opportunities



MIT's Lab for Computational Physiology at Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES) has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Associate in Machine Learning for Medicine. We are seeking a highly-motivated individual to join a multidisciplinary research team to develop machine learning techniques for medicine, physiological modeling, and treatment decision support. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an outstanding capability for independent research in machine learning. Candidate must hold a PhD degree in

Computer Science, Machine Learning, Statistics, or a related field. The successful candidate will work with researchers and faculty members from MIT IMES, CSAIL, and members of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab.

In addition to a curriculum vitae, applicants should submit a short statement of research interest to Li Lehman (lilehman@mit.edu).

Please see the following URL for more details http://web.mit.edu/lilehman/www/postdoc.html



Gritstone Oncology is a privately-held, next-generation personalized cancer immunotherapy company. Gritstone brings together distinguished scientific founders, an experienced and diverse management team, a seasoned and successful board of directors and deep financial backing to tackle fundamental challenges at the intersection of cancer genomics, immunology, and immunotherapy design. The Company’s initial goal is to identify and deploy neoantigens for novel treatments for lung and gastric cancer. In addition to neoantigen therapy development, Gritstone is leveraging its unique antigen discovery platform to define targets for shared antigen immunotherapies, which would provide an opportunity to treat even more patients.
Gritstone Oncology is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with key functions located in Cambridge, MA and Pleasanton, CA. The company launched in October 2015 and has received funding from leading blue-chip biotechnology investors, including Versant Ventures, The Column Group, Clarus Funds, Frazier Healthcare Partners, RedMile, Casdin Capital, Lilly Asia Ventures, Trinitas Capital, GV, and Alexandria Venture Investments.
Gritstone Oncology is seeking a Bioinformatics Scientist to help harness the immune system to treat cancer. The Bioinformatics Scientist will perform analyses of industry leading proprietary and public genomic and proteomic datasets to find actionable biological insights.
We are looking for an independent and flexible team player who will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, and highly collaborative environment. This is an opportunity to work for a wellfunded early biotechnology company where bioinformatics analyses drive personalized cancer treatments.
Interested candidates should send CV with cover letter to James Sun (jsun@gritstone.com)
Specific responsibilities:
  • Develop and perform novel, rigorous bioinformatics analyses
  • Work closely with other computational and experimental scientists to design experiments



Molecular Neuro-otology and Biotechnology Laboratory seeks Experienced Stem Cell Biologist
We are looking for an outstanding stem cell biologist with a strong scientific background and proven accomplishments in deriving and differentiating human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) into neural cell types for functional genomics, target validation, and drug screening with a focus on neurodegenerative disorders and hearing loss. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the maintenance, differentiation and characterization of human pluripotent stem cell-derived lines. Extensive hands-on experience in working with neurons and/or Schwann cells, developing complex functional assays, small molecule screening, and high-content imaging is preferred. Experience with molecular techniques (including qPCR, ELISA, and western blotting) is required. Excellent multi-tasking skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently are required. Strong communication and people skills are required as well as a desire to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative, translational research group working at the interface of neuroscience, stem cell biology, and novel therapeutic development.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, and will have a PhD degree, MD/PhD degree or a related degree in Biology, Neurobiology, or related science with at least 3 years of experience in human stem cell biology and assay development.
The laboratory is located at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a premier research and clinical institution, which is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The laboratory is situated at the heart of a world-renowned, vibrant scientific environment centered around Massachusetts General Hospital in historic downtown Boston and within walking distance of MIT and the Broad and Whitehead Institutes.

Funding is available for an initial period of two years, starting immediately. Interested candidates should send their CV to the address below and be prepared to supply three letters of reference upon request.
Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD, FACS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Molecular Neuro-Otology and Biotechnology Laboratory Massachusetts Eye and Ear, 243 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: 617-573-3972 (konstantina_stankovic@meei.harvard.edu)



Location: Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Description: Structural and Functional MRI analysis, Cognitive Neuroscience, Signal Processing
Project: Investigating brain networks in clinical populations and healthy controls
Summary: The project involves analysis of structural and functional brain connectivity in clinical populations and healthy controls with a focus on language, reading, and motor networks. Applicants should have advanced MRI/fMRI and DWI analysis skills; and solid experience in task-related and resting-state functional connectivity analysis. Responsibilities will include development and modification of project-specific analysis streams, statistical analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for publication.
Requirements: Applicants with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology or a closely related field are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidate will have a strong background in structural and functional MR analysis, image processing (e.g. Freesurfer, FSL, AFNI) and be proficient in  programming (Matlab, Python, C) and statistics. Good spoken and written skills are essential.
The position is available immediately and applications will be considered on an ongoing basis until position is filled. Salary will be in keeping with NIH guidelines. A one year, full-time commitment is required. The Martinos Center offers a dynamic and exciting environment in which to work and expand one's skills with state-of-the art multimodal imaging facilities.
Applications should be sent to Maria Mody, Ph.D. at maria@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu and should include the candidate's CV, a statement of interest, and three letters of recommendation.



Two postdoctoral positions in experimental and computational biology are available in the Naxerova laboratory at the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The Naxerova lab studies the evolutionary history of cancer, using a blend of high-throughput experimental and computational approaches. We are interested in understanding how processes of mutation and selection in normal (stem) cells set the stage for cancer evolution. Once a tumor develops, how does tissue-specific selection shape the cancer genome? How can we take advantage of genetic intra-tumor heterogeneity to gain insights into the life history of a cancer? A particular interest of the lab is metastasis evolution. Do metastases arise from distinct clones
with special, genetically encoded properties or do they represent random samples of the primary tumor? Do all metastases arise independently from the primary tumor, or do they give rise to each other? Does metastatic spread happen early or late in tumor development? Perhaps most importantly, is there a correlation between the evolutionary history of metastases and clinical outcomes? These questions are difficult to study in humans because it is challenging to reconstruct occult events that happened years before diagnosis. We are developing and applying
new methods for lineage tracing in human cancer, with the ultimate goal of understanding a tumor’s entire evolution from the founder cell to lethal systemic disease.

We have exciting new projects investigating metastasis patterns in colorectal cancer and melanoma and are looking for two postdoctoral fellows or PhD students to join the team. Both experimentally and computationally inclined candidates are encouraged to apply. We are implementing experimental methods that generate large amounts of complex data and can thus offer fertile playing grounds to both experimentalists and bioinformaticians.
There are no specific requirements for the job – we can teach you all the specifics here – but you should really burn for cancer genetics, enjoy grappling with difficult problems, be friendly and collegial, and have a track record in academic science that shows your commitment to this line of work.
The Center for Systems Biology (CSB), a multidisciplinary thematic center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, houses a vibrant scientific community united by its interest in integrative biology and translational medicine. CSB and the larger Harvard community in which it is embedded offer near limitless opportunities for education and interdisciplinary collaboration. MGH offers excellent benefits to all employees and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.
To apply, please send a brief (less than 1 page) statement describing your interest in cancer (phylo-) genetics and your CV to Serena Sullivan (Sullivan.Serena@mgh.harvard.edu), CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114.



The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program is currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows. 

The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) program is an integrated, three-year cross-disciplinary postdoctoral training program at Stanford University that brings together 33 faculty mentors from 14 departments in the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. Molecular imaging, the non-invasive monitoring of specific molecular and biochemical processes in living organisms, continues to expand its applications in the detection and management of cancer. SMIS faculty mentors provide a diverse training environment spanning biology, physics, mathematics, biocomputation/biomedical informatics, engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, cancer biology, immunology, and medical sciences. The centerpiece of the SMIS program is the opportunity for trainees (PhD or MD with an emphasis on PhD) to conduct innovative molecular imaging research that is co-mentored by faculty in complementary disciplines. SMIS trainees also engage in specialized coursework, seminars, national conferences, clinical rounds, including ethics training and the responsible conduct of research. The three-year program culminates with the preparation and review of a mock NIH grant proposal, in support of trainee transition to an independent career in cancer molecular imaging.
  • Candidate must have an MD or PhD degree
  • Candidate must be a US citizen, or a non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.
Application Deadline: June 11, 2018



Elektrofi is a drug delivery startup focusing on revolutionizing the delivery of biologics. The company was founded by an interdisciplinary MIT-based team. We are headquartered in Boston, MA.

1. Formulation Scientist 
Position summary
Elektrofi is looking for a Formulation Scientist that will play key roles in the development of its biologics delivery platform. This individual will join an early-stage, multidisciplinary team of scientists and contribute to a variety of formulation activities in a highly collaborative environment.
Day to day activities and opportunities
  • Perform full analytical testing to support product characterization
  • Formulation of various proteins for stability testing
  • Perform process development activities and molecular characterization
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and efficiency needed to meet critical corporate objectives, encompassing the areas of analytical method development
  • Create and manage method protocols, data, and reports
Key qualifications
It is anticipated that strong candidates will possess:
  • a Ph.D. or M.S. in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering or a related field
  • two years of industry experience is a plus;
  • formulation experience with biologics;
  • experience working in a regulated environment is a plus;
  • experience working in an analytical biotechnology, quality control or R&D setting;
  • an ability to think critically and constructively in a fast-paced research environment;
  • strong scientific ideation skills and resourcefulness in testing related hypotheses;
  • sharp laboratory acumen and organizational skills; and
  • a demonstrated proficiency in effective written and oral communication.
Ideal candidates may also have experience with continuous processing systems; alternative drying technologies, e.g., lyophilization; drug product regulatory environments, protein formulation paradigms, and bioanalytical characterization techniques.
If you are a highly motivated self-starter with an interest in disruptive biotechnology, please apply through LinkedIn or send your CV/resume to careers@elektrofi.com.
2. Biomanufacturing Engineer
Position summary
Elektrofi is looking for a Biomanufacturing Engineer that will play a key role in the development of its biologics delivery platform. This individual will join an early-stage, multidisciplinary team of scientists and contribute to a variety of process development and formulation activities in a highly collaborative environment.
Day to day activities and opportunities
  • Synthesize commercially-feasible processes based on existing proprietary benchtop methods
  • Design, prototype, and implement pilot-scale processing hardware
  • Perform process-related characterizations of various proteins
  • Identify opportunities for fundamental and/or process-related innovation in the formulation method
  • Lead various process-related industry partnerships 
Key qualifications
It is anticipated that strong candidates will possess:
  • a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field;
  • at least four years of industry experience;
  • a background in drug particle formulation;
  • direct experience with pharmaceutical spray dryers, spray freeze dryers, and/or related particle formation technologies;
  • experience working in a quality controlled and/or regulated R&D environments;
  • an ability to think critically and constructively in a fast-paced research environment;
  • strong scientific ideation skills and resourcefulness in testing related hypotheses;
  • sharp laboratory acumen and organizational skills; and
  • a demonstrated proficiency in effective written and oral communication.
Ideal candidates may also have experience with continuous processing systems; alternative drying technologies, e.g., lyophilization; drug product regulatory environments, protein formulation paradigms, and bioanalytical characterization techniques.
If you are a highly motivated self-starter with an interest in disruptive biotechnology, please apply through LinkedIn or send your CV/resume to careers@elektrofi.com.


This is a part time (20-30 hours) programmer/analyst position on completing epidemiology-based computer simulation models of diseases in human populations to support ongoing health policy research studies in precision and genomic medicine.  The person in this position would be responsible for programming in C++ or R, data management and assisting investigators with statistical analyses of clinical and economic data.

Interested candidates should contact Kelly Horan (kelly_horan@harvardpilgrim.org) or apply here online.  
Science Corps was founded by Dr. Eddy Rubin, CSO at Metabiota and a geneticist and genomicist who has spent more than 25 years as a member of the faculty of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California where he also served as the Director of the DOE Joint Genome Institute where he played a major role in the Human Genome Project.
Our mission is to take recent STEM Ph.D. graduates, as Science Corps fellows, and have them teach in scientifically developing countries.
For more in-depth information, please visit http://www.science-corps.org/ and or email mmicallef@science-corps.org
The Dystonia and Speech Motor Control Laboratory at Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital has several open postdoctoral fellow positions to study normal and diseased organization of large-scale networks controlling highly skilled motor behaviors. We employ multimodal neuroimaging methodologies, including task-production, resting-state and pharmacological fMRI, high-resolution structural MRI, diffusion weighted imaging, and direct intracranial EEG, to examine brain functional, effective and structural connectivity in healthy individuals and patients with neurological disorders - dystonia and epilepsy. Our analytic approaches include, but are not limited to, graph theoretical analysis of large-scale neural networks, the application of novel machine learning algorithms for diagnostic and predictive classification of neurological disorders, and neural population modeling. In addition, we are examining the interplay between imaging, behavioral and genetics factors that contribute to the pathophysiology of neurological disorders.
The postdoctoral fellow will function as part of a multidisciplinary team of neuroscientists, geneticists, neurologists and laryngologists at Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital and in collaboration with neurosurgeons at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Responsibilities will include the conduct of all aspects of the research protocol, such as the development, modification and execution of data analysis, preparation of publications and scientific presentations, dissemination of the results through peerreviewed scientific journals and at the major national and international meetings, and mentoring the junior staff. Excellent opportunities exist for various scientific interactions and collaborations with experts in the fields of neuroscience, movement disorders, and genetics as well as for participation in the extensive programs of seminars, symposia, and other relevant meetings within Harvard Medical School.
The postdoctoral fellow may work on one or more projects.
(I) Machine learning for identification and validation of neuroimaging and genetic markers of dystonia and the prediction of risk for dystonia development.
(II) Graph theoretical analysis, machine learning and pharmacogenomics for identification of primary mechanistic markers of action of a novel oral medication in patients with dystonia.
(III) Abnormalities of brain activation and neural networks across different forms of task-specific focal dystonia using a combination of structural and functional neuroimaging techniques, genetic analysis, and behavioral neurotesting.
(I) Graph theoretical analysis of high-resolution intracranial EEG data for identification of the topology of large-scale neural connectivity in epilepsy and the development of neural markers for prediction of epileptic seizures.
Normal speech production
(I) Development and implementation of large-scale neural population models incorporating neurotransmission for simulation and prediction of brain activity during speech production.
Qualifications and Skills
  • PhD in neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, bioengineering, or related fields
  • Exceptionally strong computational and biostatistical skills to implement and integrate the analysis of
    multi-dimensional imaging, clinical and/or genetic datasets
  • Solid experience in Python, MATLAB, and C
  • Strong experience in algorithmic design, mathematical models (primarily stochastic differential equation systems), and analysis and integration of dynamic systems
  • Independent, self-motivated with a proven track record of productive research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with multiple investigators
  • Strong publication record and excellent academic credentials
Position Duration
Full-time, 1-year initial contract, renewable annually contingent upon performance.
Commensurate with experience according to the Mass Eye and Ear Policies and Procedures.
The positions are available immediately and applications are considered on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled.
How to Apply
The application should be sent to Dr. Kristina Simonyan at Kristina_Simonyan@meei.harvard.edu and should include the candidate’s CV with the list of publications, a statement of interest in the position, and the names and contact information of at least three professional referees. The candidate may also apply for job via the link https://meei.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/research-fellow-be-1130.
Location: Bedford, MA
Vivonics, Inc. has a unique opportunity for a creative principal investigator / biomedical engineer to provide technical direction, lead proposal efforts and technical project execution for government-funded medical device product development efforts.  
Duties And Responsibilities
The Principal Biomedical Engineer is responsible for contributing to the company’s technical vision, developing technology/product roadmaps, technical business development support, and providing leadership of the company‘s technology development in their areas of expertise. This position is responsible for developing creative solutions to significant unmet medical needs in the Vivonics focus area, developing government proposals to fund technology development and providing technical leadership to funded projects.  The Principal Biomedical Engineer plays an integral role in setting the company’s strategic direction, development and future growth.
The Principal Biomedical Engineer will also be responsible for leading teams developing hardware and software for a variety of applications, potentially including non-invasive physiological monitoring, bio-material development, physiological stimulation, medical related applications and algorithms, telemedicine, and others.  This position involves technical leadership, proposal development, and individual technical contributions including:
  • Work with the CEO and business development team to identify important unmet medical needs that address a significant potential market and can be addressed by technology in the Vivonics focus area.
  • Develop concepts for new technology solutions to challenging problems that are candidates for government funding to pursue development.
  • Create development approach for new technologies, including proof of concept and validation study design.
  • Author core technical sections of proposals for government funding and review/edit entire proposals.  It is expected that in the first year, >50% of the person’s time will be focused on winning new business.
  • Provide technical leadership to project teams to ensure that development efforts address the underlying user needs and technology gaps.
  • Communicate with sponsors, collaborators, potential customers and Vivonics management.
Basic Qualifications
  • An advanced degree in Biomedical Engineering, or related field, with at least 3 years (PhD) or 5+ years (Master’s) of experience leading R&D programs and winning research funding.
  • Working knowledge of human physiology and medical instrumentation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including experience in formulating and writing technical proposals.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to conceive and reduce to practice innovative medical technology product concepts.
  • Good planning and organizational skills as well as technical proficiency in some aspect of product design for software, electrical and/or mechanical systems.  
Additional Desirable Skills And Requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborator and customer relationships
  • Strong system engineering design and development capabilities and ability to contribute to multiple simultaneous projects with disparate requirements.  
  • Understanding of problems in military medicine
  • Working knowledge of clinical study design and biostatistics
  • Experience with medical product development under ISO-13485 and FDA QSR.
  • Proven track record in obtaining and managing government grants and contracts.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and learn new skills quickly.  
About Vivonics, Inc.

Vivonics develops biomedical technologies that improve human health and performance.  

Vivonics comprises a core group of engineers and scientists specializing in a wide range of disciplines including biomedical, mechanical, electrical and software engineering. Our team is strengthened by a network of world-class clinical and academic collaborators.  We work in teams pulled from our internal group and external network, with each team composed of the right expertise for each project at each stage of development.

Vivonics is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package.
Intereted? Contact Carolyn Fuchs, Human Resources (carolynr.fuchs@gmail.com).


For information on EU – U.S. cooperation in doctoral and postdoctoral education opportunities for U.S. researchers and organizations. Visit IIE online at www.iie.org. Please contact the programs directly for additional information or with any questions you may have.
A quote from a recent Fulbright U.S. student, "My advice to Fulbrighters of the future is that which was given to me. Go at it with an open mind; your experience will not be anything like you predicted and will mark you indelibly, but it will be great."


Career & Financial Guidance Programs



  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • 5:30-7pm
  • TMEC 328 - 260 Longwood Avenue

Join HGWISE for our “Not a Career” Panel focused on work-life balance, featuring Professors Francesca Dominici, Susan Dymecki, Karen Adelman, Sebastien Haneuse, and Cynthia Morton. Listen to these faculty share their insight and advice about juggling a personal life while pursuing an academic career. Dinner will be provided!

Sponsored by GSS and DMS
All graduate students, especially our male colleagues, are welcome



Harvard GSAS Business Club (HGBC) is organizing an entrepreneurship career panel on Wednesday, April 18, at 6 PM, in Northwest B101. The panel features 3 PhD scientists who have successfully transitioned to careers in entrepreneurship. The format will be Q&A format so you can get all your questions answered and get the most out of the event. Please RSVP here. Dinner will be served.

Dr. Alexander D. Wissner-Gross is an award-winning scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and angel investor. He serves as President and Chief Scientist of Gemedy and holds academic appointments at the Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science, the Harvard Innovation Lab, and the MIT Media Lab. He has received 124 major distinctions, authored 18 publications, been granted 23 issued, pending, and provisional patents, and founded, managed, and advised 7 technology companies, 3 of which have been acquired. In 1998 and 1999, respectively, he won the USA Computer Olympiad and the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2003, he became the last person in MIT history to receive a triple major, with bachelor’s in Physics, Electrical Science and Engineering, and Mathematics, while graduating first in his class from the MIT School of Engineering. In 2007, he completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard, where his research on neuromorphic computing, machine learning, and programmable matter was awarded the Hertz Doctoral Thesis Prize. A popular TED speaker, his talks have been viewed more than 2 million times and translated into 27 languages. His work has also been featured in more than 190 press outlets worldwide including The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek. 
Dr. Alice Ly is the Associate Director for Health and Sciences (H&S) at the Harvard Innovation Labs. She works with students, postdocs and clinical fellows to develop and execute on ideas that bring Health and Sciences innovation and entrepreneurship to society. To inspire and support the Harvard community, Alice oversees the Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, H&S workshop and event programming, advises students interested H&S entrepreneurship and manages on and off-campus resources for teams in the i-lab venture incubation program (VIP). Alice comes to the i-lab with 8 years’ of Student and Academic Affairs experience at Yale University supporting students and scholars pursue their academic and professional goals, her most recent position being the Associate Director for Postdoctoral Affairs. She completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Neurobiology at Yale University and her B.S. in Biological Sciences at University of California, Irvine. Although originally from Canada, Alice is a poor excuse for a Canadian: she lacks proficiency in skating or curling, but makes up for it with self-deprecating humor.
Dr. Steve Sonis is an entrepreneur who has founded several companies focused on various aspects of translational and precision medicine.  His first company, Biomodels, is a pre-clinical research organization which has catalyzed the clinical development of a range of drugs, devices, and biologicals for companies ranging from start-ups to big pharma.  A spin-off, Primary Endpoint Solutions (PES) assists companies in the transition to clinical trials and then throughout the process to optimize study success.  Subsequently, PES identifies and validates endpoint-related biomarkers and establishes genomic algorithms to define predictive patient response.  Steve is also a founder of Inform Genomics, where he continues to serve as a scientific advisor, and of BioInsight Diagnostics, an early stage company which is developing novel technology for use in the food industry.  He is the former President of Triad, an international not-for-profit company which focused on the adverse health and economic outcomes of cancer treatment toxicities.  He serves as a special government employee of the FDA. Steve has published extensively on the clinical, biological, and health economic aspects of cancer and complications associated with its treatment. He holds several patents and is the author of more than 250 original publications, reviews, and chapters and is completing his eleventh book. 


Deciding what to do after completing your advanced degree? Consider McKinsey.

We bring together an outstanding group of colleagues, from a wide variety of backgrounds – from medicine to law, engineering, economics and digital – to help leading organizations tackle their most complex challenges. We have long been a leader in strategic management; the amount of work we are doing in areas such as data science, software engineering, machine learning, corporate restructuring, and change management is growing rapidly. As our firm evolves, we are looking for more people like you – experts in their fields – to join our community.
We welcome you to learn more about exciting programs and roles available to you at McKinsey, including a weekend experience at Insight 2018.  Join us this spring online to explore these opportunities.
Virtual Events
This spring we are hosting several web-based presentations to help graduate students learn more about McKinsey & Company, our recruiting process and our global full-time and summer opportunities. Please visit the Online Events section of our website for details on these presentations and to RSVP.
Insight 2018
If you are excited to learn more about McKinsey and management consulting, please consider Insight, a weekend-long exploratory program just for advanced degree candidates.  With three separate programs this year, you have options that match your availability and interests.  Please visit our website for details, program dates, and what you need to apply by our application deadline of Sunday, April 8, 2018
New Ventures
New Ventures is a recently formed part of McKinsey focused on fostering innovations driven by analytics, design thinking, mobile, social and other technologies and integrating them into our client work. It is a foundation for - and expands our investment in - our entrepreneurial culture and is transforming the Firm.
As one of the fastest-growing parts of McKinsey, New Ventures has more than 1,000 dedicated professionals globally and is continuing to grow, especially in our Solutions.  Our 35+ Solutions deliver McKinsey thinking through both software technology and specialized analytics teams and they are collectively redefining what it means to be at McKinsey. We are hiring globally for a wide variety of roles including data analysts, data scientists, software engineers and specialists.
The deadlines to apply are in October 2018. Please visit our website for more information. 
Learn more when you have a moment! Check out additional content in our Advanced Degree Recruiting Dropbox anytime to read up on our many opportunities for APDs, including our 3-day summer Insight programs and full time roles for 2019, including the MD Fellowship. You can quickly download the app for your phone or access on your computer.
Women’s & Diversity Recruiting
We aspire to be recognized as the best professional services firm in the world for all candidates, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or background. We began studying the importance of gender diversity over a decade ago and have since published more than 20 reports on women in leadership and the economy.  We’re excited to share the second report in our diversity series, Delivering through Diversity. To learn more about McKinsey Women, please view our women's brochure.

Additionally, we invite you to join us for a few of our upcoming diversity specific web based presentations scheduled in March.



Starting in the fall, the SoE Dean's office will run advertisements to help graduating PhDs and completing postdocs gain visibility with academic employers. The ads will run in First Bell, a content-aggregation newsletter produced by American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) that goes out daily to engineering faculty members at universities all over the country.

The ad will point to this website: http://engineeringphds.mit.edu/

If you are a SoE PhD or completing postdoc, who would like to be featured on the site, or know someone who would, please visit http://engineeringphds.mit.edu/login, authenticate, and complete the form.



We all know that 75-80% of the jobs are not posted anywhere and most of these jobs are filled through referrals and networking. It takes months to network and find the right opportunities. Neerja Bharti, Sloan EMBA 15 has launched GeniusMesh to solve that particular problem within the MIT ecosystem.

GeniusMesh is a trusted job search platform that connects MIT AlumCos (companies founded or with current alumni) with MIT candidates looking for Sr. Manager to Executive roles. Being a trusted site for both parties, finding the right candidate for an existing job search or future potential opportunity becomes easy. You would be able to find a contract, contract to hire or full-time opportunities faster. Both local, as well as international candidates, would be able to take advantage of our platform.
“Our ultimate goal is to create an intimate and trusted hiring environment by making it easier for any MIT-affiliated graduate to connect with the right companies, and alums to find top talent faster”
Please sign up and let us know what you are looking for and we will bring the right opportunities to you. You would also be able to search part-time and full-time jobs in stealth mode. We don’t share your profile without your permission.
Joining the platform today will just take a couple of minutes!
Please contact Neerja directly at Neerja@geniusmesh.com if you have any questions.



Find out more information about career fairs here at MIT.



The ODGE sponsors MIT's iGrad financial literacy portal, with resources to help with financial support.
The iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered for free to the entire MIT community in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union) is customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending smarts, etc. it is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general.
More information can be found at odge.mit.edu/finances     

For those who are looking for other resources, recordings of career related workshops and sessions for grad students available here: http://gecd.mit.edu

The GECD Event calendar can be found here. 

Global Education & Career Development (GECD) is pleased to announce MIT’s subscription to The Versatile PhD, a web-based resource for PhDs considering careers beyond academia. Our subscription, generously supported by ODGE, can be accessed by students and alumni via GECD’s webpage and student CareerBridge accounts. Once students register, they can simply log in to the site directly (www.versatilephd.com) 


There are hundreds of jobs and internships now posted on CareerBridge, under both the Job Search and the On-Campus Interviews tabs. Check both tabs and apply as soon as possible.


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