May 10, 2019
This Week in HST
Volume 20, Number 35

HST Community Notices

Course Information
& Academic Resources

Conferences, Lectures 
& Seminars

Student Opportunities

Professional Opportunities

Career & Financial Guidance

HST Community Notices



We are delighted to report that the following awards were presented at the HST Spring Dinner at the Harvard Club of Boston on May 2:

Irving M. London Teaching Award, honoring faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the training of HST students, was awarded award to Anna Rutherford, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS, and Sarah Flier, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS, the co-directors of the HST 120 Gastroenterology course.
Thomas A. McMahon Mentoring Award, honoring faculty who inspire and nurture HST students in their scientific and personal growth through honest advice and generosity, was awarded to Mary Bouxsein, PhD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Seidman Prize for MD Research Mentorship, honoring faculty for outstanding research mentorship of an HST MD student, was awarded to Lorelei Mucci, ScD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.
In addition, Director’s Awards recognized Jeffrey Drazen, MD and Stephen Loring, MD for their dedicated service to the HST community. Jeffrey Drazen, MD, Parker B. Francis Distinguished Professor of Medicine, HMS and Stephen Loring, MD, Professor of Anaesthesia, HMS, have stepped down from directing the HST 100 course after 27 and 25 years respectively.  
The next 3 awards made their debut at this event. 
HST Outstanding Teaching Award-Student, awarded to a current HST student who has made outstanding contributions to one or more classes in the HST curriculum through exemplary efforts as a teaching assistant. The inaugural recipient was Tom Howard, the teaching assistant for HST 030 Human Pathology.
The inaugural Roger G. Mark Outstanding Service Awards - Faculty or Staff were bestowed upon Sabine Hildebrandt, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, HMS and Trudy Van Houten, PhD, Lecturer on Radiology, HMS, in recognition of their excellence through actions or deeds that promote HST community values and/or ideals
The inaugural Roger G. Mark Outstanding Service Award-Student was awarded to HST MD student Katherine “Katie” Redfield in recognition of her excellence through actions or deeds that promote HST community values and/or ideals.
Congratulations to all of the recipients!


Memorial Service celebrating the life of Irving M. London, MD - July 24, 1918 - May 23, 2018

You are invited to an afternoon gathering to celebrate and share in the memories of a legendary medical leader.

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • 2:30pm
  • Memorial Church, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA
  • Reception to follow: Loeb House, Harvard Yard

RSVP here.



It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2019 HST Graduation Celebration and Reception
Join us as we recognize the accomplishments of our HST students and wish them well in the next step of their careers. Our event is open to the entire community. It begins with a brief ceremony where you will learn more about our graduating class followed by a reception.
RSVP at; go to the RSVP link at the bottom of the left-hand menu. You will find directions to the venue, parking information, and the schedule on the website. The dress is party-festive!  No regalia is expected or required.
Send questions to
We look forward to seeing you there!


Claudia Elena Varela and Elise Chantal Wilcox, both students in HST's MEMP PhD program, have been chosen as 2019 MIT Graduate Women of Excellence. Selected among 200 nominees for their first-rate leadership and service contributions to the MIT community, Varela and Wilcox will be honored at the Office of Graduate Education’s biennial celebration on April 29. There, they will present posters outlining their achievements to date and what they hope to accomplish in the years ahead.

Varela is a member of the Therapeutic Technology Design and Development Group led by Professor Ellen Roche, which specializes in creating assistive devices for failing organs. ”I’m working to develop devices that can deliver multiple types of therapy to the heart to improve outcomes after a heart attack and better understand the disease,” Varela states in her poster.
Outside of her academic work, Varela is an HST Student Diversity Ambassador, supporting activities that foster tolerance and increased representation at HST and throughout MIT. She participates in Clubes de Ciencia México, helping to expand access to science education in the neighboring country. Outside of MIT, Varela is a Company Member of Danza Orgànica, a Boston-based social-justice oriented dance theater company.
Wilcox, in her academic work, is a member of the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center, led by Professor and IMES Director Elazer Edelman. “I study transplant tolerance. Basically, why do some organ transplants do well while others are rejected?” Wilcox says. “Specifically, I study lung transplantation, which is one of the only treatments for end-stage lung disease, though only 50% of lung transplants last more than five years.”
Wilcox’s research focus is on lung transplantation and the use of cell-seeded scaffolds to alter the immune system’s response to transplanted cells and tissues. Her leadership credentials include serving as the Program Director of GapSummit 2019, a student-run biotechnology leadership conference to be held in June at the Broad Institute, and in her first two years at MIT, acting as Assistant Coach for the school’s Varsity Women’s Soccer team. She has completed six half marathons, one full marathon, and a Tough Mudder competition, among other races.
“After graduate school, I hope to work in research in the biotech industry, trying to solve some of the challenges associated with cell-based therapies,” Wilcox says. “I also want to be a mentor to the women looking to become scientists or take on leadership roles.”
Varela looks to pursue a career in academia and, in the process, advance those routinely underrepresented in STEM. She has this advice for younger graduate students in the health sciences: “Remind yourself that you belong. Listen to what you need and what is important to you. Be proactive and go get what you came for.”
“Build a support network and be honest about challenges you’re facing,” recommends Wilcox, adding that obstacles often pose valuable opportunities for growth. “Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness but instead shows your insight into a problem….I greatly value the HST community and the support I’ve received from my classmates and professors. ”
For more information and to learn about past MIT Graduate Women of Excellence honorees, click here.



The HST MEMP Student Diversity Ambassadors have won the 2019 MIT Bridge Builder Award, given to students and/or groups who have exhibited a solid commitment to celebrating the array of communities represented at MIT. Aditi Gupta, Lucy Hu, Christian Landeros, Erin Byrne Rousseau, and Claudia Elena Varela were recognized for their work collaborating with other student organizations, serving as mentors, and advancing the overall conversation surrounding inclusivity within and beyond HST.

The group will be honored at the 2019 MIT Awards Convocation ceremony on Monday, May 13 at 4:00pm in the Samberg Center (E52). Faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend!
For more information and to see a complete list of awards, click here.



Are you traveling for any of the following reasons?
  • Conference/workshop
  • Giving a talk
  • Visiting your alma mater
Can you help promote HST by talking to prospective students?
Contact Laurie Ward ( for talking points and promotional materials to distribute.



Course Information & Academic Resources

The Business of Biotechnology - Advanced Concepts Short Course.  Free. Tue/Thu afternoons: June 18, 20, 25, and 27, in Boston's Back Bay. Offered by RA Capital, a biotech investment firm, and taught by its managing partner, Peter Kolchinsky, PhD. 
This discussion-intensive short course focuses on concepts that are not yet taught in other courses in biotechnology. For example, how drug pricing influences R&D is misunderstood, biotech business models that seem more stable can be more risky for both employees and investors, and entrepreneurs often struggle to reconcile the straightforward economic promises of the business plans they are pitching with the obscure behavioral economics that govern how investors often make decisions. With lessons gleaned from many real world case studies, this is a short, intense upgrade for people planning on pursuing a career in biotechnology or a related field (e.g. academia, companies, investment firms, government).   
No prior knowledge of business is necessary, though an advanced background in the life sciences and/or healthcare is required; thus, this course is limited to people who are currently in or recently graduated from biomedical and related graduate programs or medical school (within 2 years) or who majored in biology in college (graduating within the last 4 years) and have work experience in biotech. Business and law school students may apply if they have a strong background in biomedical sciences. This course is not for current undergraduates.  
Apply with a personal statement and CV by May 15th (more details in the application form) and you'll be notified if you have been admitted by May 30th:
From Monday, August 26, through Thursday, August 29, the Teaching + Learning Lab will host “TA Days”, a three-day series of teaching workshops for graduate students and teaching assistants (TAs) from any discipline or DLC at the Institute. These workshops address several of the common roles, responsibilities, and concerns of MIT TAs.
The preliminary schedule is as follows:
Monday, 8/26
  • Leading a problem-based recitation section (am)
  • Leading a discussion section (am)
  • Panel discussion with experienced TAs (lunch)
  • Presentation and communications skills (pm; presented by the Comm Lab)
Tuesday, 8/27
  • Facilitating office hours and tutorials (am)
  • Clarifying expectations with your faculty (am)
  • Understanding Title IX policies and TA responsibilities (lunch; presented by the Title IX office)
  • Supporting students in distress (pm; presented by S^3) 
Wednesday, 8/28
  • Microteaching (am)
Thursday, 8/29: MITeaches (open to the entire Institute)
  • Series of workshops in inclusive teaching (specific schedule TBD)
Participants should register for the individual workshops most relevant to their interests and needs for the upcoming semester.
More information and url to follow.


Information about the Harvard i-lab and it's upcoming events and activities can be found here.


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


June 27-30, 2019, Cambridge, MA
Are you an emerging scientist focusing on cardiovascular or lung research and are driven to improve people`s lives?
You are enthusiastic and deeply committed to cardiovascular and lung research. You are close to finishing or have just finished your PhD thesis and have a proven track record of your scientific achievements.
Then join our scientific workshop “Cardiovascular Research @ Bayer” and connect with Bayer!
This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn about pharmaceutical research and development and in particular Bayer`s engagement in developing therapeutics for cardiovascular and lung diseases.
As a participant, you will have the possibility to present your scientific experience and discuss the results of your own research with a Bayer expert.
You will be able to interact and network with scientists and managers from Bayer’s R&D organization and discuss job opportunities, e.g. at our Precision Cardiology Lab in Cambridge, MA.
Find more information about the workshop, as well as application instructions at:

The application deadline is May 12, 2019.



The  Fluids and Health 2019 inaugural meeting will take place July 23rd-August, in Corsica, France. This school-conference provides the selected participants an international forum to exchange on frontier research and discuss challenges in health, including infectious diseases, infection control, drug delivery, where fluid dynamics is at the core. 
The event is a hybrid between a conference and school, with in-depth lectures for training on topics at the frontier of the field, combined with flash-talks and poster sessions for selected participants, and interdisciplinary group work taking place throughout the meeting. More details here.  
Apply by May 15th for selection and limited fellowships. 
Please help spread the word and circulate widely to all those you think can be interested. 

Pratiti Bandopadhaya, MBBS, PhD, Attending Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist, Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center; Associate Member,  Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
“Genomics of Pediatric Brain Tumors”
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • 1–2pm
  • Ramzi Cotran Conference Center, 75 Francis Street, Amory Building 3rd Floor
Directions: Enter the main lobby of the Brigham and Women's Hospital at 75 Francis Street (the Amory Laboratory Building).
Turn right and walk until you see a bank of elevators on the right. Take the Amory elevators to the 3rd floor. On the 3rd floor,
turn right off the elevators. The entrance to the "Ramzi Cotran Conference Center" is well-marked and is the first set of double doors on the right (Amory 360.F.1, BWH Pathology).
CME credit: To record your participation and complete the evaluation form for BWH Clinical Pathology Conference 2018-2019, click on this link:
If you have any questions regarding the online sign in process, please contact Partners Office of Continuing Professional Development at
Pratiti (Mimi) Bandopadhayay, MBBS, PhD, is a pediatric neuro-oncologist and scientist within the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, and an associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Mimi was born and raised in Australia, where she completed her medical studies (Monash University), PhD (University of Melbourne), and specialty training in pediatrics and hematology/oncology (Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Center, Melbourne, and the Australasian College of Physicians), followed by further training in pediatric neuro-oncology under the mentorship of Dr. David Ashley.
Information on the Bandopadhayay Lab can be found here.
For more information on the BWH Clinical Pathology Conference series, please contact Jessie Brown (



We are pleased to announce the Sixth International Mammalian Synthetic Biology Workshop (mSBW 6.0), to be held at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (near Chicago) on the weekend of May 18-19, 2019. The mSBW series has grown exponentially in recent years to become a signature worldwide event. This event brings pioneers of synthetic biology together with experts from other relevant fields to highlight and inspire cutting-edge synthetic biology research, emphasizing both basic and applied science. The workshop format will provide a forum for exposition of the latest developments in the field and discussions of how experts from related fields can benefit from and contribute to mammalian synthetic biology.

Registration Info is available here.

A new program is being launched by Fred Hutch to bring outstanding graduate students interested in pursuing postdoctoral training in immuno-oncology to meet scientists from Fred Hutch’s Immunotherapy Integrated Research Center.

Students nearing completion of their PhD, MD, or MD/PhD graduate studies are invited to apply for a 3-day, all-expenses paid symposium in Seattle. The program will take place October 3-4, 2019 at Fred Hutch’s Robert W. Day Campus.

Activities around Seattle are planned for October 5, 2019. Graduate students either currently studying topics in immuno-oncology or those who are interested in switching fields are equally encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: May 31, 2019.  

Click here to learn more. Questions?  Email



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.


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


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:
To sign up for the mailing list, please go to:

Student Opportunites

We are looking for a Data Scientist intern to join our Advanced Analytics team at Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) in Waltham, MA for a 3-6 month internship. We are a small team of data scientists, data analysts, biostaticians, and scientific researchers who apply our skills to improve care for 200,000 patients with kidney failure who are treated with dialysis. As part of the team, you will collaborate with the other team members to plan, conduct, and complete data science projects in the FMCNA enterprise.
What we offer:
  • Work on exciting machine learning problems that can directly impact patients
  • Interact with massive datasets from over 1 million patients
  • Conduct advanced data analysis of healthcare data
Necessary qualifications:
  • Passionate about improving healthcare
  • Masters or PhD students in technical field such as data science, computer science, statistics or engineering
  • Working knowledge of AWS cloud computing environment or desire to learn it
  • Solid knowledge of machine learning and statistical techniques
  • Strong programming skills: Python and SQL knowledge is a must
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required for interacting with technical and non-technical audiences
  • Ability to work independently without day-to-day supervision.
Additional preferred qualifications:
  • Knowledge of Amazon’s AWS microservices: Sagemaker, Lambda, Glue etc.
  • Knowledge of natural language processing
  • Experience with healthcare/clinical data
Send a cover letter and CV to: Len Usvyat, Vice President of Integrated Care Analytics (
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • 7:30-9:30pm
  • W20-301

An instructor will guide us through a nice summer themed painting.
$5 per person.
Please email for payment.
Refreshments will be provided.
Join us for the OneWorld @ MIT Infinite Talent Show & Food Festival
  • Saturday, May 11
  • Free MIT community event—no tickets required!
  • Talent Show, 3–4 pm | Johnson Athletics Center Ice Rink
  • Food Festival, 4:30–6pm | Kresge Oval
From Bhangra to a cappella to salsa, this music and dance talent extravaganza celebrates MIT's multifaceted community!
After the show, enjoy a festival of food and fun, with cultural cuisines, games, DJs, and even a bit of magic.
Bring your family and friends!
More info:
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.
For more information and complete eligibility requirements, visit
Application deadline: November 1, 2019 (2pm Eastern Time)
Cures Within Reach for Cancer (CWR4C) is a Boston-based nonprofit transforming the treatment of cancer with available, safe, and affordable repurposed therapies. This is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience working at a social impact startup and learning about the drug development process.
You will work with CWR4C Founder and Executive Director Laura Kleiman ( to advance CWR4C’s initiatives. Projects will be determined based on the needs of the organization and your background and interests. For example, responsibilities may include one or more of the following:
● Literature review of preclinical and clinical data on repurposed drugs
● Analysis of real-world data in electronic medical records or social media
● Machine learning for evidence synthesis and prioritization of repurposing opportunities
● User interface design of an interactive web portal
● Research on innovative business models and incentives to sustain and scale this work
● Developing a patient engagement project
● Preparing communications materials

Dates, hours, and location may be flexible, but full-time for at least 10 weeks and based in Boston is preferred.
This is a highly cross-disciplinary effort that could be a good fit for students in diverse fields such as: biology,  medicine, global health, computer science, biomedical informatics, business, healthcare economics, communications, marketing, public policy, or design. You should be passionate about expanding treatment options for cancer patients, a hardworking self-starter with attention to detail, and effective at both independent and collaborative work.
To Apply:
Note: This is an unpaid internship.
Internship Program
The TLO is seeking current MIT Undergrad or PhD students with a strong interest in technology transfer to join our internship program. The TLO internship program is open to applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and who have a background in life sciences, physical sciences, or business disciplines. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit any questions about the internship program or application process to
Program Highlights
  • Throughout the course of the year-long program, acquire an introduction to the field of technology transfer, intellectual property management, and marketing
  • Develop a network of professionals in the entrepreneurial ecosystem including interactions with TLO professional staff who have years of industry experience and connections with other researchers who are interested in commercializing scientific technology
  • Acquire marketable skills and learn about viable career paths
  • Participate in special training and seminars on intellectual property and technology transfer topics
The following positions are currently available:
About The TLO

The MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO) is a leading technology transfer organization that aids in the commercialization of the world class research at MIT. The TLO operates at the intersection between technology, business, and law, and is located within the vibrant Boston/Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem in the heart of Kendall Square. Working with MIT’s brightest scientists and engineers, the TLO helps translate their ingenuity and ideas into commercial development through licensing of new technologies.

Science Corps is a non-profit working to address the lack of a comprehensive and relevant science education in the developing world. We provide recent STEM PhDs with the opportunity to leverage their education to fill this niche. Depending on the host site, Science Corps fellows travel to partner institutions to develop science curriculum, teach in secondary school classrooms, and build community-based research projects.
We are currently seeking applicants for our fellowships and would be interested in receiving applications from students in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. Please contact us here
Project: “PDSolutions” – a robotic pharmacist that takes the human error out of patient care by providing Anesthesiologists with on-demand, pre-filled syringes containing emergency and other medications commonly used in the operating room.
Background: According to the 1999 Institute of Medicine report To Err Is Human, as many as 98,000 people per year die of preventable medical errors, most of which are related to medication errors. In the high-stress and fast-paced world of intraoperative care, medication errors are common; as many as 1 in 20 perioperative medication administration results in a medical error or adverse drug event (Anesthesiology 2016). Our current method of having to draw up powder or liquid formulations of drugs, dilute them to a desired concentration, and properly label them results in a series of error-prone steps; each steps is another potential for a deadly mistake. PDSolutions is determined to eliminate these statistics.
Team: We are looking for students to join the team.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Boehme, MD (HMS grad/HST alum) – 3rd year anesthesiology resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has expertise in the market/applications, medical need, and product design.
R. Josh Murdock – 3rd year PhD (HST MEMP) candidate at MIT has expertise in medical devices, machining, computer aided design, mechanical engineering, and mathematics.
Various faculty from the Brigham volunteer as scientific advisors for the project.
What we’re looking for:
Students with expertise Computer programming/coding, start-up experience, pharmaceuticals experience.
Please contact Jackie at or text her at 617-850-2205



Are you interested in the MIT Media Lab and want to do research at the interface of engineering, nanoelectronics, novel materials and biology? Learn more at this virtual visit! Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek will focus on inventing disruptive technologies for nanoelectronic computation and creating new paradigms for life-machine symbiosis.
Multiple positions available for undergrad, grad and postdocs in the new Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek (NCB) research lab at MIT. NCB aims to fuse nanoelectronics, applied physics, and biology with two major research directions:
  • develop novel nanoelectronic computational devices employing ingenious device physics and smart nano-materials (2D materials, graphene, CNTs)
  • merge such next generation technologies with living-matter creating unique nanomachine-bio hybrid systems
 NCB has openings for undergrad, grad students and postdocs in the areas of
  • biomedical devices, wearables, implants, prosthetics
  • brain activity recording, brain stimulation
  • Electromagnetism, Antennae, RFID, wireless sensing
  • Electronic devices, MOSFETs, solid state physics, electronic circuits
  • magnetoelectric effect, multiferroics
Please email your CV and details of research work to, if interested in joining the lab. 

OGE workshops
Visit the OGE website ( to find out about financial literacy workshops happening this semester.
Applying to Graduate Fellowships - May 16, 11:30 to 12:30 in 68-181. Scott Tirrell, Associate Director of Graduate Fellowships, OGE.
For those that missed the first presentation. This workshop will focus more on preparing application material over the summer to apply in the fall.
Budgeting Strategies - end of May, date TBA. Jennifer Hu, OGE Graduate Community Fellow and Scott Tirrell, Associate Director of Graduate Fellowships, OGE. 
This will be an interactive group-based discussion on budgeting using some of the tools offered by our financial literacy platform, iGrad.
The OGE provides some other helpful financial literacy resources for students:
OGE also offers the free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union). 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
OGE’s Website Financial Literacy and Fellowship section updates
A new Financial Literacy section has been added to the website -
Check out the updated fellowships section at especially the Fellowships Tips content at
The nearly 7,000 graduate students at MIT are one of the most talented scholarly cohorts in the world. Their educational experiences on campus go beyond just research.
In April 2017, when Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart brought together the offices of graduate and undergraduate education into the new OVC, the goal was to enhance existing services and identify new ways to provide every student, from orientation through commencement, with an exceptional student life and learning experience.
To help us meet our charge, we have been listening and responding to the ideas and concerns of MIT’s graduate students, and we have started to build stronger connections between members of the OVC team and the Division of Student Life (DSL).
Based upon meetings with graduate students in small and large groups, we have identified shared goals:
  • strengthening the support network for graduate students and their families;
  • addressing pain points associated with the cost and supply of housing; and
  • enhancing diversity and inclusion, advising, and professional development programs and services.
The Road Ahead
To achieve our goals, we have launched a series of initiatives, known collectively as the Graduate Student Roadmap, as part of a strategic effort to improve the graduate student experience at MIT.
Find more information about the Graduate Student Roadmap here.
Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the OGE or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project. 
Graduate Community Fellows will receive a stipend of $675 per month for the duration of the appointment period as compensation for an average of 10 hours a week.

Applications for open positions should be submitted to program administrator Jessica Landry.  They will be reviewed as they are submitted; positions will be filled ASAP.
For program details and a list of current positions visit:
Read current and past issues of the ISO Newsletter here. For non-students, you can also subscribe to receive published copies by email.


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. 
Read current and past issues of the MIT OGE Diversity Initiatives Newsletter here.
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


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 OGE.  
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



The Nano Cybernetic Biotrek research group at MIT has an opening in the area of Microwave engineering and biomedical Antenna design. Seeking postdocs or experienced PhD students. Strong background in electromagnetism and microwave engineering is required. Experience in biology is good to have but NOT necessary.
  • Conduct research to design and develop wireless sensing technologies, transmitter/receiver systems, RF circuit, implantable and wearable antennae for diverse applications in wireless power transfer, sensing, magnetic resonance imaging and biomedical applications.
  • Degree in electrical/ electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, materials science, bioengineering or relevant field;
  • Strong background in electromagnetism, antennae design, RF circuit design, RFID design, RF engineering and wireless communication
  • Experience in wireless sensing, energy harvesting, magnetic resonance imaging etc…
  • Experience in simulators for wireless sensing and antennae design
  • Experience with nanofabrication
  • Background in solid state physics and electronic devices
  • Experience in in-vivo animal work
Interested candidates please email Deblina:
More details can be found at



Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School
The Schaffer lab studies diabetes and its complications. We are using cell biological, genetic, biochemical, and physiological approaches to elucidate mechanisms through which abnormal levels of metabolites alter cell physiology and lead to organ damage. Current areas of focus include non-canonical functions of small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs), regulated RNA degradation, and translational regulation in response to metabolic stress. Other areas of interest are post-lysosomal cholesterol trafficking networks and disruption of these pathway in disorders of cholesterol metabolism. Our goal is to discover fundamental mechanisms of metabolic stress responses and to translate our findings in ways that inform development of approaches to improve the lives of patients with metabolic diseases. For more information on our lab and interests, visit our current website at
Our laboratory is moving to the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School in July 2019. Openings are available for postdoctoral fellows with interests in basic and translational studies with high relevance to important human diseases. 
Successful candidates will have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD/PhD, or MD), a track record of productivity with peer-reviewed publications, strong communication skills, and less than 5 years of prior postdoctoral experience. They will be mentored by Dr. Schaffer in the development of their independent research careers. Expertise in molecular cell biology is required. Prior experience in RNA biology and high throughput RNA sequencing is desirable. 
To Apply
Email a cover letter and curriculum vitae in a single PDF to Jean Schaffer, MD ( Please include the names and contact information for two references.
Positions are available to start as early as July 2019.
The Joslin Diabetes Center values diversity and inclusion. Joslin is an Equal Opportunity Employer and it is the policy of Joslin to prohibit discrimination of any type. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, marital/parental status, disability status, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.


Research Area:  Mechanistic Mathematical Modeling of Human Disease Processes with Clinical Data
Description: The Higgins Laboratory (Department of Systems Biology) has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow to study in vivo human blood cell population dynamics, characterizing rates of immunologic and hematologic processes and their fluctuations during times of health as well as when perturbed by diseases including infection, cancer, and diabetes, both acutely and chronically. 
Qualified applicants will have extensive knowledge of and interest in human pathophysiology, dynamical systems, numerical methods, and good software engineering practices.  For example, strong candidates would be able to compare and contrast the following:  finite elements and finite differences, lymphocyte and myelocyte, quicksort and bubble sort. Applicants should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree or be in the final year of their doctoral studies, and at least a strong undergraduate background in math, computer science, and engineering. Interested individuals should apply by submitting an updated CV, complete contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing past research experience, research interests, and career goals. 


POSITION OPEN - daytoday health

daytoday health is a startup founded and led by MIT alums and experienced professionals dedicated to creating an unprecedented patient care experience before and after complex medical procedures. We are growing fast and are looking for a motivated, strategically minded and execution focused Product Analyst to join our team.

Our biggest pride is our people, and to that end we pay competitively and continue to design benefits and policies that are mindful of the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of the team and our families. Please check out the link for more info and get in touch by emailing with your interest or any questions!  
More information can be found here.



Individual with strong technical background sought to work at startup company GeneYes to help develop its VALIDATE (Virtual Agent Linked Intelligent Disease Assessment Tool Engine) system. VALIDATE collects patient reported data using an AI supported embodied conversational agent. GeneYes is seeking individual who can play multiple roles and works well with others. Compensation will include equity opportunity. If interested, contact Steven Charlap, MD ( for further information.


The Nahrendorf lab is looking to recruit motivated, enthusiastic scientists! Come and join a dynamic research effort focussing on cardiovascular biology, immunology, hematology and imaging. The lab offers a strong environment to pursue exciting research, propelled by team spirit, cutting edge resources and collaborative  network that spans continents and local Boston powerhouses. We are ~10 scientists with a common goal: use the fire in our bellies to tackle the big unknown, driven by the world’s clinical needs and our intellectual curiosity.
Who are we? We study the role of immunity in cardiovascular health and disease, specifically in atherosclerosis and heart failure. Of particular interest are the function, supply and production of leukocytes, and the signals that regulate hematopoiesis after injuries such as myocardial infarction or stroke. We described that after MI, the spleen releases a large population of ready-made leukocytes that travel to the ischemic heart (Science 2009). We found that MI and chronic stress increases sympathetic nerve activity in the bone marrow. This modulates the hematopoietic stem cell niche, activating migration and proliferation of myeloid progenitor cells (Nature 2012, Nature Medicine 2014, Nature Neuroscience 2018). Resident macrophages, on the other hand, do not derive from circulating cells and promote steady state functions such as cardiac conduction (Cell 2017). We also develop and employ imaging to sample biology non-invasively, using MRI, nuclear, optical and microscopic imaging.
Dr. Nahrendorf has received clinical training in medicine and cardiology and serves as principal investigator on multiple NHLBI grants, including an R35 Outstanding Investigator Award. He serves as editorial board member of JACC, Circulation Research, European Heart Journal, ATVB, Circulation, among others. He was the Chair of the 2017 Atherosclerosis Gordon Conference and published >250 articles and has an H-index of 83.
The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is the largest and oldest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Comprised of more than 10,000 staff members working across more than 30 institutes, centers and departments, MGH is home to the largest hospital-based research program in the USA. Research has been part of the hospital’s mission since its founding more than 200 years ago and has led to innovations such as the use of general anesthesia in surgery, a vaccine for tuberculosis and the modern PET scan. There are approximately 1,200 clinical trials taking place at MGH, stressing the translational opportunities in this environment. Over 50 MGH core facilities bring state-of-the-art resources to biomedical research, many of which, including imaging, flow sorting and sequencing cores are located in the Simches Research Building, the home of the Center for Systems Biology.
The MGH Center for Systems Biology (CSB) is one of the five thematic interdisciplinary Centers at MGH. It is home to over 200 researchers in 12 groups, including the Nahrendorf lab. The mission of CSB ( is to analyze at a systems level how biological molecules, proteins and cells interact in both healthy and diseased states. Through a multidisciplinary approach that combines clinical insight with powerful technologies, CSB faculty pursue systems-level research that is at once fundamental and yet
immediately linked to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.
There are many great labs — why us?
• You will be able to shape your research question and strategy and also get a lot of help.
• We are a great team.
• The PI is around, answers your emails and will meet with you frequently.
• You will have access to all resources you need for your project.
• We have a good track record: nobody leaves without a publication.
• We pay above NIH and MGH guidelines.
• MGH is among the top ranked employers in the USA, e.g. providing subsidized health insurance.



Position 1: Research Technician
Research Area: Mouse Imaging Program (MIP)
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Description: The Center for Systems Biology (CSB) at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is currently accepting applications for its Post-Baccalaureate Research Training Program. The CSB postbac program offers recent college graduates, particularly who are looking ahead to graduate or professional school programs, an opportunity to spend 1-2 years conducting full-time biomedical research. CSB is located within the Simches Research Building on the main MGH campus in Boston, and features a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment with close interactions with MGH clinician-researchers and faculty across Harvard Medical School ( Program awardees will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and will benefit from didactic educational opportunities and seminars. We offer excellent training opportunities in a highly collaborative department that brings together synthetic chemistry, chemical biology, molecular biology, systems biology, imaging and cancer research. MGH-CSB is home to highly cited faculty and is richly immersed in the broader Harvard Medical School community. Imaging and analysis technologies in part developed within CSB have progressed to clinical trials, venture creation and commercialization, and FDA approval in some cases. In the
past, a good fraction of successful postbac researchers at CSB have co-authored publications and have gone on to degree-granting graduate and medical school programs.
Responsibilities: A key focus of the research program centers on the development and application of advanced imaging methods to study the in vivo biology of diseases such as cancer. CSB is home to cutting edge technologies for performing in vivo confocal and multiphoton microscopy, multi-scale imaging through whole tissues and organs, and highly multiplexed immunofluorescence, all of which can complement and inform clinically-relevant modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography / X-ray computed
tomography (PET/CT). CSB is at the forefront of developing new approaches to integrate imaging with computational and genomic techniques, including machine learning and single-cell RNA sequencing, to discover new biological and clinical insights.
Requirements: Bachelor's Degree, a strong background in life sciences, excellent command of spoken and written English are essential. All interested applicants should submit a CV, transcript, and a letter of recommendation to Serena Sullivan (
Position 2: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Area: Biomedical engineering
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Weissleder, Ralph
Description: The lab of Ralph Weissleder in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School invite applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions. One position is available in bioengineering to develop point of care devices for global oncology (e.g. Nat Biomed Eng. 2018;2:666-674). The ideal candidate should have a background in electronics, photonics, device development, engineering and/or software development. The Center ( has a diverse faculty with backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, and medicine, and offers a lively and supportive
environment in which to perform interdisciplinary science.
Responsibilities: We seek creative thinkers who take risks in defining and addressing important problems, and who use quantitative experimental, computational and/or theoretical approaches in their work. Research fellows are encouraged to write their own grants, following the training period, to launch their independent research.
Requirements: A Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. and permanent residency is required. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments (300 words) and the email addresses of three references to: Serena Sullivan (, CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114.



Postdoctoral Associate Positions to Conduct Research on Neural Control Engineering and Neuronal Population Dynamics
The Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC) at the University of Minnesota seeks three postdoctoral researchers to join its interdisciplinary team. Interested candidates will join dedicated, collaborative researchers working to advance neuromodulation therapies for those living with neurological disorders. In the heart of Minnesota’s Medical Alley, our translational research brings together experts from neurology, neurosurgery, neuroscience, engineering, radiology, and beyond. For more information, visit
Successful candidates for these positions will apply control and systems engineering techniques to the analysis of neuronal population dynamics in Parkinson’s disease and the development of feedback control techniques for patient-specific deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapies.
Candidates should apply for one of three positions described as follows:
Clinical Research on Closed-Loop DBS (Job Code 328604)

This placement will focus on the design, implementation, and testing of feedback control techniques aimed to optimize DBS therapies in Parkinson’s disease patients. The postdoctoral researcher working in this position will have the opportunity to be involved in clinical research with patients receiving DBS implants.
Required Qualifications:
- PhD in control engineering or related science/engineering field with a background in:
- Feedback control systems
- Signal processing and data analysis
- System identification and mathematical modeling of dynamical systems
Desired Qualifications:
- Systems neuroscience
- Kinematics and robotics
- Development of software tools using MATLAB/Simulink
- Real-time systems
Pre-clinical Research on Neuronal Population Dynamics (Job Code 328718)
The postdoctoral researcher working in this placement will study the collective dynamics of neuronal populations in Parkinson’s disease and the effect of DBS therapy on these dynamics. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to access and analyze large sets of neural data available in the NMRC.
Required Qualifications:
- PhD in engineering, applied mathematics, neuroscience or a related field with a background in:
- Signal processing and data analysis
- System identification and mathematical modeling of dynamical systems
- Graduate-level linear algebra and differential equations
Desired Qualifications:
- Systems neuroscience
- Brain machine interfaces
- Kinematic analysis
- Development of software tools using MATLAB/Simulink
Pre-clinical Research in Brain Connectivity and Feedback Control to Optimize DBS (Job Code 328718)
The postdoctoral researcher working in this placement will focus on studying how Parkinson’s disease alters effective connectivity in brain circuits responsible for movement control and investigating feedback control techniques aimed to restore function in these circuits. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to apply engineering methods to the development and testing of next generation DBS therapies.
Required Qualifications:
- PhD in control engineering or related science/engineering field with a background in:
- Feedback control systems
- Signal processing and data analysis
- System identification and mathematical modeling of dynamical systems
- Real-time systems
Desired Qualifications:
- Systems neuroscience
- Kinematics and robotics
- Development of software tools using MATLAB/Simulink
If you are interested in one of the aforementioned positions or would like to know more about them, please contact Dr. David Escobar at Please include your CV and indicate in which area you are most interested.

All formal applications must be made through the University of Minnesota job portal using the job codes indicated above.



Post-Doc, Biophysics (Tracking Code 450-093)
We are seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Post Doc, Biophysics This position will report directly to the Manager, Molecular Sciences.
This position is for a recent PhD graduate to perform a self-directed research project in an industrial setting.  Scientific findings identified by the Post-Doc will be published in the form of peer-reviewed articles or patents and will be used to advance T2 Magnetic Resonance (T2MR) technology and products. The candidate must have expertise in molecular biology and nucleic acid amplification methodologies. Excellent communication and data analysis skills are required.
  • Further develop proprietary whole blood amplification methodology including basic mechanistic investigations and performance optimization.
  • Drive basic research efforts into targeted areas of new applications for T2MR.
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and research associates.
  • Support product development by addressing and resolving fundamental scientific and technical issues.
  • Successfully contribute to projects in a matrixed and team-oriented environment.
Skills and Experience:
  • Ph.D. in Biophysics, or a biological or physical science discipline (e.g. Biochemistry, Bio-engineering).
  • Training and expertise in molecular biology, nucleic acid amplification methods, and primer/probe design.
  • Experience working with various types of biological specimens.
  • Familiarity/expertise in DNA detection methodologies.
  • Experience with bio-conjugation, nanomaterials, nucleic acid thermodynamics, and/or bioinformatics strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with statistical methods of data analysis, including ANOVA, equivalence testing, and DOE, and the ability to use data analysis software (e.g. Minitab, R, Matlab, and/or Python).
  • Demonstrated successful track record of highly productive and innovative research as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and patents.
  • Self-motivated with excellent communication skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must demonstrate creativity, resourcefulness, and a commitment to deliver work of the highest quality.

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Area: Biomedical engineering

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Investigator: Weissleder, Ralph
Description: The lab of Ralph Weissleder in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School invite applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions. One position is available in bioengineering to develop point of care devices for global oncology (e.g. Nat Biomed Eng. 2018;2:666-674). The ideal candidate should have a background in electronics, photonics, device development, engineering and/or software development. The Center ( has a diverse faculty with backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, and medicine, and offers a lively and supportive environment in which to perform interdisciplinary science.
Responsibilities: We seek creative thinkers who take risks in defining and addressing important problems, and who use quantitative experimental, computational and/or theoretical approaches in their work. Research fellows are encouraged to write their own grants, following the training period, to launch their independent research.
Requirements: A Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. and permanent residency is required. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments (300 words) and the email addresses of three references to: Serena Sullivan (, CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114.



The Jain Lab at University of California, San Francisco  ( is looking for motivated, hard-working and curious applicants. We recently discovered that chronic hypoxia (equivalent to living in the mountains of Peru or Nepal) can serve as a therapy for mitochondrial disease in mouse models ( This approach is currently in clinical trials. We are now interested in studying the effects of low and high oxygen on additional disorders and age-associated processes, as well as understanding the fundamentals of how organisms sense and adapt to varying oxygen tensions. We will be using a combination of systems-level approaches (CRISPR screens, metabolomics, etc.) and animal physiology to tackle these questions. Post-docs/students will be encouraged to lead independent projects resulting in high impact publications, present at conferences and prepare for long-term careers in academia or industry.

If you are interested in working on exciting problems related to oxygen/aging/metabolism, email Dr. Jain at with a short description of your past research experiences and a resume/CV.
Dr. Jain is an HST MEMP Phd Alum.


Internships at Curai (Palo Alto, CA)
Curai is an early startup with a mission to use AI/ML to lower the cost and friction of high-quality health care. We are building a patient-facing service using proprietary datasets and latest AI approaches in this space. These include methods for natural language understanding, computer vision and knowledge inference. Our growing top-notch team currently includes senior engineers, researchers, and leaders from Google, Facebook, and Netflix as well as practicing physicians from top medical institutions. We also have research partnerships with leading universities in the country, and access to medical data that facilitates research in this space.
We are looking for students with a strong technical background, and a passion to make a positive impact in the lives of millions of people. We have three different openings for students:
1. Research internships:
You will be advancing the state-of-the art of AI/ML applied to healthcare and medicine while collaborating with senior researchers at Curai and other institutions. We do expect to publish results at top-tier conferences. You should have at least 2 years of experience of graduate research with peer reviewed publications in top-tier AI/ML
venues. Expertise in the medical field will be valued.
2. Engineering internships:
You will be implementing state-of-the-art functionalities to a healthcare product with hundreds of thousands of registered users. You will be working hand-in-hand with senior engineers from top companies, researchers, and physicians. You will be using state-of-the-art technologies and owning projects end-to-end. Prior professional experience and/or related internships, as well as expertise in the medical field will be valued.
3. Medical part-time positions/internships:
We are looking for medical professionals (MS3,MS4,MD,DO,NP,PA). You must be a US medical student who has started clinical rotations with good clinical interview skills and DDx acumen. This opening is ideal for remote students looking for a flexible paid position, but we are also open to full-time internships.
For all positions, we offer competitive compensation, and the ability to leave your footprint in the early stages of a company that will change the world. We are located in Palo Alto, in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
For more context on our company, please see the below video and blog post from our CTO Xavier Amatriain. Or, read our first two research publications about combining expert systems with Deep Learning and using Deep Learning for Dermatology disease classification:
Phillips Research, Cambridge, MA 02141
  • Develop novel algorithms for medical ultrasound using machine learning/deep learning techniques
  • Prepare and process ultrasound data
  • Propose and develop new algorithms
  • Conduct extensive validation of the proposed algorithms
  • Document the work and contribute to the publication of the work
We are:
  • A team of scientists within Philips Research Labs, Cambridge, focusing on development of tools to improve medical ultrasound; We work closely with clinicians to validate our solutions. 
Skills and Experience:
  • Computer Science / Electrical / Biomedical / Mechanical Engineering or Mathematics students at all levels are welcome to apply. M.Sc. or PhD candidates are preferred
  • Must have hands on experience with classical and modern machine learning techniques.
  • Extensive experience with deep learning tools and frameworks (e.g. TensorFlow, Keras, PyTorch etc.).
  • Knowledge of image processing tools and algorithms; experience with medical images is a plus
  • Proficiency in one of the following programming languages: Python, C++.
  • Able to work within a team environment and should be self-motivated with the ability to plan and execute.
  • Able to communicate in English effectively, both written and verbal.
Contact: Becky Abrahams (, Campus Recruiter Lead 
Position 1 (Candidate - Minimum of BS or BA Degree)
The Laboratory of Medical Imaging and Computation of the Massachusetts General Hospital, directed by Dr. Synho Do, PhD, is seeking qualified research assistants. The position will be responsible for developing a personal health record (PHR) system on blockchain platform and artificial intelligence (AI) applications using healthcare data. We are expanding the scope of our research, and you will join a multi-disciplinary team of diverse background and expertise in a vibrant and dynamic environment. Open for all scientists who have a thirst and a passion for innovative technology to disrupt healthcare. Full-time or part-time positions are available.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Research and development blockchain-based PHR systems
  • Research and development of healthcare/medical machine learning applications
Minimum Qualifications
  • BS or BA
  • 2+ years of experience of computer programming (any language)
  • Passion for data science and artificial intelligence applied in healthcare and medicine
  • Interest of blockchain technology
  • Self-starter and fast-learner
Desired Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or PhD (or currently enrolled in a graduate program) in computer science, biomedical engineering, or other relevant field
  • Experience with one or more programming languages including: Python
  • Basic knowledge of one or more of blockchain-based applications
  • Interest of in statistics, machine learning, and data analytics techniques
  • Interest of electronic health record (EHR) systems and EHR standard.
  • Familiarity with one or more of deep-learning framework
Salary and Benefits
  • Salary and benefits follow the policy of Massachusetts General Hospital based on the level of education and experience
  • Hire Date & Work Schedule: Negotiable
If you are interested in the position or have any questions, please send your cover letter and CV to Sehyo Yune, MD, MPH, MBA (
Position 2 (Candidate - MS or PhD Student)
The Laboratory of Medical Imaging and Computation of the Massachusetts General Hospital, directed by Dr. Synho Do, PhD, is seeking a research assistant. The position will be responsible for developing a personal health record (PHR) system on blockchain platform and artificial intelligence (AI) applications using healthcare data. We are expanding the scope of our research, and you will join a multi-disciplinary team of diverse background and expertise in a vibrant and dynamic environment. Open for all scientists who have a thirst and a passion for innovative technology to disrupt healthcare.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Build a standard test and evaluate a blockchain-based PHR system.
  • Research and development of medical Al application on blockchain platform
  • Research and development of machine learning applications in medical imaging and other field of healthcare
Minimum Qualifications
  • MS or PhD Student
  • More than 2 years of experience of computer programming (any language)
  • Basic knowledge of electronic health record (EHR) systems and EHR standard.
  • Basic knowledge of blockchain technology
  • Interest and passion in data science and artificial intelligence
Desired Qualifications
  • Knowledge of FHIR or other standards of health information exchange
  • MS or equivalent in medical informatics, computer science, information science, Medicine or related field
  • Experience with one or more programming languages including: Python, JavaScript & Node.js
  • Knowledge in statistics, machine learning, and data analytics techniques
  • Experience with one or more of deep-learning framework including but not limited to: Keras, PyTorch
  • Experience or interest with one or more of blockchain-based applications such as Bitcoin, Ethereum & ERC20 Token, Ripple, Qtum
Salary and Benefits
  • Salary and benefits follow Massachusetts General Hospital’s policy for research fellows
  • Additional benefits are included by Harvard Medical School affiliation
  • Hire Date & Work Schedule: Negotiable
If you are interested in the position or have any questions, please send your CV to Synho Do, PhD (


ASAPP, a leading AI startup in NYC, is hiring a clinical advisor to join our disruptive healthcare initiative to help us directly transform the lives of patients on a national scale. We will consider applicants for both full-time and part-time work.
You will work as part of team developing a data-driven product to empower patients with chronic disease, helping define product and business strategy and collaborating with engineering and machine learning teams.



Department of Biomedical Data Science

Stanford University School of Medicine
The Laboratory of Quantitative Imaging and Artificial Intelligence (QIAI) in the Department of Biomedical Data Science at Stanford University is searching for a postdoctoral scholar. The QIAI Laboratory is led by Dr. Daniel Rubin, who is also affiliated with the Departments of Radiology and Medicine (Biomedical Informatics Research) at Stanford University. The lab focuses on cutting‐edge research at the intersection of imaging science and biomedical informatics, developing and applying AI methods to large amounts of medical data for biomedical discovery, precision medicine, and precision health (early detection and prediction of future disease). The lab develops novel methods in text and image analysis and AI, including multi-modal and multi-task learning, weak supervision, knowledge representation, natural language processing, and decision theory to tackle the challenges of leveraging medical Big Data. Our exciting work is bridging a spectrum of biomedical domains with multidisciplinary collaborations with top scientists at Stanford as well as with other institutions internationally.
The QIAI lab provides a unique multidisciplinary environment for conducing innovative AI-based healthcare research with a strong record of scholarly publication and achievement. Core research topics in the laboratory include: (1) automated image annotation using unsupervised methods of processing associated radiology reports using word embeddings and related methods; (2) developing methods of analyzing longitudinal EMR data to predict clinical outcomes and best treatments, (3) creating multi-modal deep learning models integrating multi-dimensional EMR and other data to discover electronic phenotypes of disease, (4) developing AI models with noisy or sparse labels (weak supervision), and cross-modal, multi-task learning, and observational AI approaches, and (5) developing and implementing algorithms for distributed computation for training deep learning models that leverage multi-institutional data while avoiding the barriers to data sharing.
The postdoctoral scholar will be working on two core research topics: (1) develop foundational AI methods for analyzing and extracting information from clinical texts; (2) develop clinical prediction models using multi-modal and longitudinal electronic medical records (EMR) data. The scholar will deploy and evaluate these methods as clinical applications to transform medical care.
  • Post-graduate degree (PhD or MD, completed or near completion) in biomedical data science, informatics, computer science, engineering, statistics, computational biology, or a related field
  • Experience in machine learning and AI, particularly in computer vision and image analysis
  • Strong record of distinguished scholarly achievement
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills with fluency in spoken and written English
Interested applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, a brief statement of research interests, and three letters of reference in one PDF document to rubin‐lab‐
Stanford University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.



Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) design fellowship provides an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and experience in healthcare delivery innovation. We seek residents and fellows in their professional development or research years, who have the potential to become leaders in the discovery and scaling of care delivery innovations that lower the cost of clinically excellent care.

Fellows are taught by world-class faculty in fundamentals of healthcare value improvement, research manuscript preparation, public speaking, scalability analysis and grant-writing. Upon completion of the fellowship our graduates are prepared to lead value improvement throughout the healthcare economy.
Working in multi-disciplinary teams, fellows design new care models in clinical domains associated with substantial fractions of nationwide disability and health spending. The design goal is to assemble an innovative healthcare delivery model built to maximally lower national health spending while improving quality and experience of care. The fellowship year features exposure to leaders from relevant disciplines, methodical review of the literature, training in human-centered design, site observations and interviews with clinicians at the national value frontier. The fellowship also includes a study of high-value practices in other industries, exposure to emerging digital tools to support care innovation, rapid design cycles guided by diverse faculty and industry advisors, manuscript preparation and an innovation scalability analysis.
Previous Stanford CERC Fellows have spanned diverse disciplines and backgrounds.
Fellows complete an 11-month program that begins in August 2019. Fellows are expected to devote a minimum of 80% of their time exclusively to fellowship activities. Admissions are on a rolling basis; candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For further information and to apply, please contact Zoe Richardson, CERC’s Fellowship Coordinator, at Applicants must include a CV and a cover letter explaining their interest.

For additional information, please visit



We are excited to announce the launch of LabShares Newton, the first collaborative laboratory and biotech incubator in Newton, Massachusetts. LabShares provides a fully equipped laboratory, office space, and shared services to entrepreneurial biotechs without the hassle, lag time, and high upfront costs associated with building and managing their own labs. 
Through participation in the LabShares community, members receive a wide range of benefits and services. LabShares is conveniently located in a light-filled, modern office park near the Charles River -- just 15 minutes from Kendall Square with free parking, a gym, and a Fooda cafeteria.
LabShares is near capacity for its current space and has begun an expansion to double in size. We expect to open our newly renovated second floor in early 2019 and are accepting reservations now.
Check out the links below for more information. If you would like to schedule a tour contact Jenna Stein (, 857-222-5817).

The lab of HST alum, Manish Aghi, MD PhD, a neurosurgeon-scientist at UCSF, has postdoctoral positions available for work supported by a pair of recently funded R01 grants using CRISPR libraries and 3D bioengineered models to study the role of the glioblastoma microenvironment in therapeutic resistance.  Work in the lab and a list of funding sources and recent publications from the lab are described at
Requirements are: (1) recently earned MD and/or PhD degree(s) in areas of the biological sciences relevant to this research (such as biochemistry, bioinformatics, molecular biology, immunology); (2) a strong background in cell biology, molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, stem cell biology, and rodent work; (3) multiple prior first author publications written by the applicant and demonstrated ability to write competitive scientific grants that will procure funding for the applicant during the postdoctoral fellowship and allow the candidate to transition to independent positions as academic faculty or within industry; (4) the ability to work long and flexible hours in order to accomplish these goals; (5) fluency in English and the interpersonal skills required to teach junior members of the laboratory; and (6) applicants should be US citizens, permanent residents, or most currently hold a valid US work visa.  UCSF postdoctoral salary standards, which exceed the NIH standard, will be used in setting the pay scale. Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews, which must be in person in San Francisco before the position can be offered.   The start date is negotiable.  The appointment is subject to an annual renewal to ensure that there is mutual satisfaction.
To apply, please email cover letter, CV with list of publications and prior research experience, and names of 2 references to



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 (, CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114.



Insight is now accepting applications from graduating students for our fellowships in:

  • Data Science  (for PhDs & Postdocs)
  • Health Data Science  (for PhDs & Postdocs)
  • Data Engineering  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
  • Artificial Intelligence  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
  • Data Product Management  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
  • DevOps  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
1400+ Insight alumni are now working at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Github, Slack, 23andMe, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Pinterest, Microsoft, and 250+ other top companies.
Insight Fellows Programs:
  • 7 week, full-time training fellowship
  • Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers & AI specialists
  • Join an active community of Insight alumni
  • Self-directed, project-based learning followed by interviews at top companies
  • Tuition-free with need-based scholarships and loans available to help cover living costs
Learn more & apply on our website:
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The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education offers an extensive range of clinical research training opportunities to prepare the next generation of clinician-scientists. Brief descriptions of the programs are provided below. As world’s largest biomedical research agency, the NIH encourages future clinician-scientists and medical researchers to consider adding an NIH experience to their portfolio.
Graduate Medical Education
NIH currently sponsor 17 medical specialty or subspecialty programs which have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We also jointly sponsor clinical training programs with extramural training partners, to include Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and the National Capital Consortium. In addition, we sponsor numerous "one of kind" translational medicine fellowship training programs.
Clinical Elective Programs
Short term—4 to 12 week—clinically oriented elective rotations for senior medical and dental students; unique mentored specialty/subspecialty clinical research rotations are also available for combined program students (i.e., MD/PhD, DO/PhD).
Resident Elective Programs
Provides an experience with direct care of patients enrolled in investigational protocols at the NIH.  In addition to patient care responsibilities, resident physicians will have exposure to the design, conduct, and management of investigational protocols, including clinical trials.
Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students
Two-week intensive introductory course to demonstrate the role of PhD scientists in clinical and translational research, provide an overview and examples of how basic science and clinical observations lead to translational research, and increase awareness and access to Ph.D. role models, research resources, and potential career opportunities at the NIH.
Postdoctoral Research Training Awards
Provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment, which consists of more than 1200 laboratories/research projects.
Graduate Partnerships Program
This program is designed to bring PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research.
Core Curriculum in Clinical Research
Free courses offered include: Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR); Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (PCP); and Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research. These courses are offered as distance learning courses.



For information on EU – U.S. cooperation in doctoral and postdoctoral education opportunities for U.S. researchers and organizations. Visit IIE online at 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."


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Greetings from McKinsey & Company’s emerging markets recruiting team.
We are pleased to announce our upcoming Global Connect 2019 event – an opportunity for individuals who are from, or passionate about, emerging markets to learn about McKinsey and the work we do in these countries. 
McKinsey & Company is pleased to announce the launch of Global Connect 2019 – an opportunity for individuals who are from, or passionate about, fast-growing global markets.  We will fly participants to Washington, DC on August 23 to 25 to participate in a one-of-a-kind weekend program to learn how we solve problems facing the private, public and social sectors in growing economies around the world. During the event, you’ll work directly with our teams to solve one of these real-life problems – and, in the process, learn about who we are and what we do. 
To be eligible, you must be studying for an MA, MBA, or PhD degree in North America or working as a professional in North America with at least two years of experience. In addition, you should either be a native of a fast-growing economy or have a passion for (or prior knowledge about) one of these economies. 
The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 19, 2019.
For more information, please visit: 



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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:

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, 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 if you have any questions.



The OGE 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     

For those who are looking for other resources, recordings of career related workshops and sessions for grad students available here:

The CAPD Event calendar can be found here. 

MIT Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) 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 OGE, can be accessed by students and alumni via CAPD’s webpage and student CareerBridge accounts. Once students register, they can simply log in to the site directly ( 


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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