Volume 22, Number 17

HST Community Notices


Congratulations to Eriene-Heidi Sidhom MD/PhD candidate, Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, for being named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021. She has been recognized for work in Healthcare.

“Sidhom has helped demonstrate the ability to copy kidney organoids, which she describes as ‘miniature kidneys in a dish’ grown from a patient’s own cells, which could help expedite therapeutic development.”

Find her profile here.

Congratulations, Eriene!


Congratulations to Elena Helman Doran (MEMP '13) and her spouse Jason Doran on the arrival of their son Lev Isaac Doran, born December 4, 2020.

Congratulations, as well, to Giorgia Grsot (MEMP '18) and her spouse José de Arcos on the arrival of their son Oliver.

Both families are filled with love and happiness after the rough year!


Find a full list here: https://hst.mit.edu/covid-19-resources


From David Randall, Senior Associate Dean, Student Support and Wellbeing

Roughly 11% of MIT students say they go to bed hungry at least 1 night out of 7 because they don’t have enough money for food. No student should go hungry and no student should feel like they need to be “really hungry” to ask for help. We are writing to simply let you know about resources, many for both on-campus and off-campus students. Please visit the websites below, and don’t hesitate to ask for help if you are hungry due to lack of resources. No problem is too small.

A general list of support offices at MIT

Money and food resources for students in need, including info about emergency funds, meal request forms, and the Accessing Resources MIT (ARM Coalition)

Family food grants which provides an easy form for graduate students to make requests for food

MIT Dining Info for information about MIT Dining, local grocery stores, and shuttles


The HST website now has a searchable student profile directory (restricted to HST students, faculty and staff). We hope this will be a great resource for students to connect over research interests, shared hobbies, questions about lab search, etc. All students have a skeleton profile with name, start year, degree program and school email address, other available fields are opt in.  Please consider logging on via Touchstone and updating your profile (available fields include: photo, personal email, personal website, PI, research interest keywords, hometown, hobbies, and more!)

Course & Academic Resources


Here are a few  IAP graduate offerings that may be of interest:

January 2021

HST.164 Principles of Biomedical Imaging (note, schedule dates: 1/12-2/4)

HST.980 Emerging Problems in Infectious Diseases

HST.S57 Special Subject: Cardiovascular Engineering

A couple Non-HST courses

15.620 Patent Law Fundamentals

15.672 Negotiation Analysis: 3-DAY CRASH COURSE ON NEGOTIATION
(APPLICATION REQUIRED: for more information and to apply for registration lottery visit: http://negotiation.mit.edu)

A full list of HST courses can be found at: http://student.mit.edu/catalog/mHSTa.html


The annual Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures course is being offered in January during the MIT  Independent Activities Period. 

15.393 Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures - Jan 2021

Ranked by INC Magazine as one of the 10 Best Entrepreneurship Courses in America, Nuts and Bolts is taught by serial entrepreneurs who are actively involved in entrepreneurial ventures.  Typical attendance is 150 to 200.  A great place to find new ventures and meet team members. Topics covered are applicable to for-profit as well as social and development ventures.

Nuts and Bolts is the largest entrepreneurship class taught at MIT and the longest running IAP course on new ventures. In the past approximately 50% of the class has been from MIT Engineering, Science and Architecture Schools, and 50% from the Sloan School of Management.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays January 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28

Where: Virtual - Zoom  6:00pm to 9:00pm Eastern Time

Take the course for credit or just attend as a listener.  For more info and sign up, visit the website at  nutsandbolts.mit.edu 


Islam is frequently talked about in the media, but continues to be a mystery to most people.

What is the Muslim's concept of God? The afterlife? Who was prophet Muhammad? What do Muslims say about Abraham, Moses, and Jesus? What are the core beliefs and practices of Islam?

"Understanding Islam" offers an opportunity to see beyond common misconceptions, and learn from Muslims about their fourteen-century old faith, professed by 1.8 billion people worldwide. A Q&A session is included.

This online session is open to first-timers only (people who have not previously attended similar sessions.) Space is limited.
If you have any questions, feel free to email the Muslim Chaplain, Nada El-Alami (mchnada [at] mit.edu (mchnada[at]mit[dot]edu))


MIT’s Introduction to Deep Learning (6.S191) will be running virtually this IAP (January 2021)! This is a great opportunity for those interested in machine learning and/or in gaining practical experience implementing deep learning architectures and algorithms.

The class is a combination of content-based lectures on neural networks (basics, different architectures and their applications, new frontiers of deep learning research) and practical software labs, which will guide students through implementing these algorithms in the popular framework TensorFlow. The course will conclude with a series of guest lectures from leading researchers from Google, IBM, Ernst & Young, and NVIDIA.

Dates: Monday, January 18 - Friday, January 29

Time: 1-3pm

Location: Online / Zoom

To register: MIT students can submit an add-drop form through WEBSIS. 

Class is open to all listeners!

Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/gQJo2D

More information: http://introtodeeplearning.com 

Contact: introtodeeplearning-staff [at] mit.edu (introtodeeplearning-staff[at]mit[dot]edu)


Join the MIT Technology Licensing Office and MIT Libraries in January for a series of free virtual seminars on Intellectual Property.
Register here: https://mit_tlo.eventbrite.com/

In this series, you’ll hear from experts from MIT and other organizations in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem who will share their knowledge and best practices on IP topics including: patents, patent counsel, technology transfer, copyright and software, conflict of interest, research tools to support innovation strategy, public domain, author rights, computational access, grant funding programs, and more!

Come meet and learn from experts from MIT Technology Licensing Office, MIT Libraries, MIT Conflict of Interest Office, Lincoln Laboratory, Nutter McClellan & Fish, and the SBIR Program.

Hosted by: MIT Technology Licensing Office & MIT Libraries

Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link for each seminar prior to the session.


MathWorks invites the MIT community to their MATLAB webinars during MIT IAP 2021. All sessions will be presented live by MathWorks Engineers and include Q&A. Registration is open to MIT Faculty, Staff, Researchers and Students. You are welcome to join any and all sessions that you choose.

Presented via Webex - January 4-22, 2021

For more information and registration visit: www.mathworks.com/mitiap2021

Questions? Contact Alyssa Silverman (asilverm [at] mathworks.com (asilverm[at]mathworks[dot]com))


HST.524[J] Design of Medical Devices and Implants
Pre-Register: http://student.mit.edu/catalog/mHSTa.html#HST.524
Download: 2021 Syllabus

HST.978[J] Healthcare Ventures
Pre-Register: http://student.mit.edu/catalog/mHSTb.html#HST.978
Pre-class Survey: https://bit.ly/HV-signup
Download: Course Flyer
Website: https://www.mitlinq.org/HealthcareVentures/


Instructors and Teaching Assistants (TAs)
Instructors: Professors Harvey Lodish, Angela Koehler, Jing-Ke Weng, Jianzhu Chen, and Andrew Lo.
TAs: Catherine (Kate) Koch and Ena Oghenekaro Oru.
For more information click here: Meet the instructors.

Lecture Information
Thursdays 4-PM hosted virtually (Zoom links provided). Please login on time and turn your cameras on! 

Course Overview
The goal of this course is to give PhD students in Biology and Biological Engineering, as well as science-based students in the Sloan School of Management, insights into the many current developments in biotechnology and the career opportunities they can have in this rapidly expanding field. The course consists mainly of lectures in areas ranging from basic developments in science and engineering to clinical studies in humans. There will be many outside speakers from the biotech and venture capital communities. During an informal dinner after each class, a small group of students can make contacts with biotech leaders, which can lead to internships and permanent positions.

Among the scientific topics to be covered in the lectures are: recombinant therapeutic proteins, AAV and lentiviral gene therapies, nucleic acid therapies, gene editing, cell therapies, monoclonal antibodies, cancer immunotherapeutics, Ag biotechnologies, metabolic engineering, generation of small molecule drugs, drugging undruggable protein targets, and drug discovery for neurological disorders. Professor Lo and several outside speakers will cover topics concerning the formation, financing, and growth of biotechnology companies, including: technology licensing, patents and patent law, venture capital, FDA approval, pricing, and ethics.

For more information feel free to take a look at the syllabus. In addition, feel free to take a peek at last year's syllabus for an idea of the types of guest speakers we invite! Course syllabus Spring 2020.pdf

Course Requirements
Course requirements include regular attendance, reading assigned background material for each lecture, and participation in class. There is no final examination. Assigned readings are provided for each lecture on the modules page

Midway through the term students are required to form groups of three or four and develop a final group project, choosing one of the following options based on the specific interests of the group: (1) prepare a business plan for a biotech startup; (2) perform a financial or scientific analysis of a biotech or pharma company as an investment or acquisition target; (3) propose a new funding structure for an unmet medical need, e.g., vaccines for infectious diseases, gene therapies, a clinic for terminally ill patients, healthcare loans for gene therapies, etc.; or (4) a project of your choosing with prior written approval from an instructor.

The final deliverable will be a maximum 5,000-word research paper, a 5-10 slide presentation, and a 7-minute YouTube video presenting your project as if to an investor or client. Groups will be selected based on their video to present to a panel of biopharma industry experts during the last two classes, and the most compelling projects will receive awards. For more information please see the course requirements and expectations page


"Amplify Your Technical Education to Build a Better World!”

Leadership education develops skills applicable across career paths, from leading research labs to leading project teams in engineering. Enroll in one or both of our Graduate Engineering Leadership Courses for Spring 2021, which qualify towards our Certificate in Technical Leadership. This certificate is designed to provide important skills that MIT graduate students can draw from to "make a positive difference" in their chosen careers. Grounded in research but experimental and engaging in delivery, these highly valued classes will provide enduring benefits for our graduate students – and future coworkers.*PhD candidates can also explore the option of using these class to satisfy the requirements for your doctoral minor.

Graduate Engineering Leadership Courses for Spring 2021 (**Open to all grad students!):

6.928J Leading Creative Teams

It takes a team to deliver impactful technical achievements and this class equips students with foundational skills for leading problem-solving teams and one’s own professional development.

M/W, 2:30-4pm EDT | Virtual | Units: G3-0-6

Instructor: David Nino (dnino [at] mit.edu (dnino[at]mit[dot]edu))

6.S979 Multi-Stakeholder Negotiation for Technical Experts

Expand your natural tendencies and learn experientially both the theory and practice of interpersonal negotiation, influence and overcoming difficult relationship situations.

T, 2-4pm EDT | Virtual | Units: G2-0-4 |

Instructors: Samuel (“Mooly”) Dinnar (sdinnar [at] mit.edu (sdinnar[at]mit[dot]edu)

***For more information, visit our website. 

*If you are interested in earning our certificate, please email Lisa Stagnone (lstag [at] mit.edu (lstag[at]mit[dot]edu)) and David Niño (dnino [at] mit.edu (dnino[at]mit[dot]edu))


MIT PhD students and postdocs: are you considering entrepreneurship? Interested in learning more about the path from academia to venture creation? We encourage you to participate in the Venture Exploration Program this upcoming spring semester!

Offered by the MIT Innovation Initiative, the NSF I-Corps node at MIT, and in collaboration with The Engine, the Venture Exploration Program (VEP) is a virtual program that helps you develop a business model for your research-derived product or service. VEP is the successor to the former Translational Fellows Program (TFP) at MIT.  

Learn the fundamentals of customer discovery – the process of obtaining valuable, firsthand feedback on ideas for the use of a technology—and business model development. Hear firsthand from MIT tough tech founders who have successfully navigated the path from academia to venture. Explore topics such as technology and market, competition, building a team, intellectual property, investment readiness, and more.

Upon completion of VEP, you will receive certification demonstrating successful completion of the MIT I-Corps program, which may be helpful in future NSF grant requests.

VEP is offered free of charge. All sessions will be hosted via Zoom; more information, an overview schedule, FAQs, and an application link can be found here.


  • Friday, January 15, 2021
  • 1-4pm ET

Instructor: David Nino, Senior Lecturer and Senior Program Manager, Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership

Enrollment: Limited to 60 MIT graduate students and sign-up by January 8 is required

Prerequisites: None required, but we will assign pre-work in advance of the workshop

Workshop Description:

Do you envision “making a difference” in the future as an engineer or technical expert? If so, you will need more than purely technical skills to build the teams and the support needed to implement your ideas. Employers in both academia and industry consistently rank leadership as among their most sought-after skills, and this is even more true today due to the major challenges and changes we are all facing. As we will discuss, anyone who is motivated to “step up” to these challenges can build leadership skills, but the it takes focus, feedback, and years of practice to become highly effective. 

Join us and you will learn how leaders emerge in technology organizations and how you can build valuable skills through our program’s Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership. In this hands-on workshop, David Niño will be joined by John Strackhouse, Senior Partner in the Board and CEO Practice with Caldwell Partners, and members of the Dean of Engineering’s Graduate Student Advisory Group. Participants will gain skills and perspectives on leadership development and why these capabilities are especially valuable for MIT graduate students. 

To Register: Email Lisa Stagnone (lstag [at] mit.edu (lstag[at]mit[dot]edu))


On behalf of  Eric Greimann, Executive Director Assistant, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics:

Two MIT SCM Program graduate students are working on a project related to supply chains and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and asked that I reach out to other departments in order to inform people, generate interest, and solicit participation.  If your department has ordered PPE and you or a colleague are interested in sharing your current practices, your information will be used by the students to refine a PPE supplies ordering tool on which they are currently working. If you are interested in participating in this project, please reach out to current graduate students Song Gao and Kelly Sorel at ksorel [at] mit.edu (ksorel[at]mit[dot]edu).

As you may have seen in MIT News: An interdisciplinary approach to sustainable PPE, this is part of a campus-wide effort to ensure that MIT is prepared for the Spring term and maintains a sufficient inventory of PPE as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.  With support from the MIT Strategic Sourcing and Sustainability Office, the student project is helping departments, labs and centers to understand how much PPE they may need in the coming months, which will also inform overall campus planning efforts to create a sustainable, resilient PPE supply chain.


The MIND Project is a new Harvard Brain Science Initiative (HBI) working group for postdoctoral level trainees interested in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, coming from all parts of Harvard University and its affiliated institutes/hospitals. This includes post-docs, research fellows, clinical fellows, and instructors.

The MIND Project is the first of its kind tailored towards nurturing collaborations between individuals at the postdoctoral level to answer big questions in neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Such activity would provide them with the skills to form their own collaborations in the future and opens a wide door for them to meet and know each other in order to produce rich, multifaceted, interdisciplinary research, and other outcomes such as products, drug development, digital tools, medical technology, assessment/diagnostic tools, policies, and others. Additionally, postdocs/fellows would benefit from the output of their work, e.g. through joint publications, product launch, policy making, etc. As mentioned, this group gives postdocs/fellows a chance to produce not only papers, but other elements that are not common in academia, but very much needed. We hope that the majority of these outcomes can be made to improve the overall quality of life of those with neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. We seek to have post-docs/fellows mentored by leaders in the field, obtain peer support, widen their career networks, maximize their productivity, enrich their community, and benefit in myriad other ways from the intellectually stimulating environment around them.

Our working group will discuss concrete challenges in the field, share resources and brainstorm ways to work together on problems of common interest, including ways to make better use of large publicly available data repositories on disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and others. All trainees at the post-doctoral level at Harvard who share passion towards neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders in any field are encouraged to participate.

Individuals from all spectrums of knowledge in medicine, psychology, engineering, robotics, machine and deep learning, physics, chemistry, biology, math, theoretical science, pharmacologists, software engineers, etc. are all encouraged to participate as long as they are passionate about the topic and their work.

For those who are interested in learning more, please fill out the introductory survey here: https://forms.gle/HtVAkhaJEFrGowEL8 

Email us at info [at] brain.harvard.edu (info[at]brain[dot]harvard[dot]edu) with any questions or suggestions.                      


This year, the MIT community is adapting to new ways of taking care of ourselves and others. If you’d like to connect with your community, stay active, sleep better, relieve stress, and more, Community Wellness at MIT Medical can help you find virtual wellness programs that fit your needs.

Unwind Sessions: These brief classes are a combination of simple stretches to release tension in the body and guided meditation to release tension in the mind. They are offered at 12pm and 5pm EDT Mondays through Thursdays. Attend as often as you wish. Learn more and register to receive Zoom link.

Group health coaching workshops: Fall workshops include Motivation Strategies for students during COVID-19 and Hack Your Sleep. Learn more and register to receive Zoom link.

Refresh App: Stress and anxiety can lead to poor sleep. As a member of the MIT community, you can receive a free subscription to the Refresh app from Sleeprate, courtesy of Community Wellness. The digital “Refresh” program is a personalized mobile solution guiding you through a series of goals to help you retrain your body to sleep soundly.

Language Conversation Exchange Virtual Cafe: Discover the beauty of language, learn about languages around the world, and connect with other MIT Community members. The Language Conversation Exchange Cafés happen twice per month. This is a great way to find a language partner! The LCE program is open to MIT community members only.

MedLinks: MedLinks are currently available both on and off campus. This fall, MedLinks are also offering virtual interactions regarding non-emergency situations. Visit the MedLinks website to find out who currently is living in campus residences, or to view our calendar of MedLinks who are available for virtual interactions.

Don’t see what you are looking for? Visit bit.ly/mitwellness or email wellness [at] med.mit.edu (wellness[at]med[dot]mit[dot]edu) with any questions about wellness programs at MIT.

Don't forget: MIT Medical's COVID-19 hotline can be reached at 617-253-4865, and the 24-hour general helpline is 617-253-1311.


The Writing and Communication Center offers free one-on-one professional advice from communication experts with advanced degrees and publishing experience. The WCC can help you further develop your oral communication skills and learn about all types of academic and professional writing. You can learn more about the WCC consultations at http://cmsw.mit.edu/writing-and-communication-center and register with the online scheduler to make appointments through https://mit.mywconline.com. Please note that the WCC hours are offered on Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, and fill up fast.


As you transition to online course and research, here are some important resources and updates from the MIT Libraries.

  1. Expanded and free e-resources during COVID-19 closure: In addition to our regular e-resources, many publishers are making e-resources available for free and expanding existing subscriptions. See https://libguides.mit.edu/covid19closure-resources for the complete list.
  2. To suggest a purchase of any ebooks or other online resources, especially those originally available as print materials, please submit your requests through https://libraries.mit.edu/suggest-purchase or contact me at crummett [at] mit.edu (crummett[at]mit[dot]edu) directly.
  3. Please continue sending your interlibrary borrowing requests for articles, book chapters, and other potential e-access as usual. However, all BorrowDirect and interlibrary borrowing (ILB) loan requests are suspended for borrowing of physical materials until the Libraries re-open.
  4. Review our tips on access to library resources off-campus at https://libraries.mit.edu/offcampus . If anyone needs troubleshooting, contact Ask Us at https://libraries.mit.edu/ask/ 
  5. Theses may be submitted electronically in accordance with the Emergency Academic Regulations. The Libraries are working with the Institute to develop new specifications, and we will post updates on the Specifications for Thesis Preparation page when available.

All MIT Libraries (including 24-hour spaces and book drops) are closed until further notice. Library staff members will remain available remotely during the closure. See our service updates for the latest information and Ask Us if you have any questions.


Information about upcoming workshops for graduate students and postdocs can be found here.

January Programming

If you have any questions about programs and resources available to graduate students through the TLL, contact Ben Hansberry, Asst. Director for Graduate Student Teaching (bhansber [at] mit.edu (bhansber[at]mit[dot]edu))

Subscribe here to the TLL Newsletter.


Harvard Catalyst works with Harvard University’s schools and affiliate academic healthcare centers to build and grow an environment focused on team science – where discoveries are rapidly and efficiently translated to improve human health. We catalyze research across all clinical and translational domains by providing investigators with opportunities such as pilot funding, free resources such as biostatistics consultations, training and mentoring programs, and numerous courses. To facilitate communication, collaboration, and data collection, our informatics team develops a range of open-source tools available to the community within Harvard University and beyond.

Information on courses and training through Harvard Catalyst can be found here.
A calendar of Harvard Catalyst events can be found here.
Subscribe to the Harvard Catalyst Newsletter here.


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

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars


With Gurleen Singh

Tuesday, January 19 @ 12–1:30pm

Zoom link available upon registration

The session will cover an introduction to restorative practices, common restorative frameworks, and the difference between restorative practice and restorative justice.

Participants will also be led through an activity that reviews the balance between accountability and support.

Join for an hour of learning, laughter, and collective reflection!

We are committed to making this dialogue accessible to all MIT community members. For accessibility requests, emailrornitz [at] mit.edu (rornitz[at]mit[dot]edu).

Click HERE to register!


¡Hola LGSA familia!

New year, new events! Come join the LGSA on January 12th 12-1pm EST for the first in our series of faculty events. We’ll be having an informal lunch conversation with two of MIT’s LatinX faculty: Prof. Kerstin Perez from the Physics department and Prof. Rafael Gomez-Bombarelli from DMSE.

Please register at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y6ne7poy. Registered attendees are eligible to be reimbursed up to $15 for lunch. Please contact me with any questions. The Zoom link with be sent out on the day of the event to those who register.

Join us for a fun and informative kickoff to our new year, and keep an eye out for future events with more LatinX faculty. Hope to see y’all there!


Interested in applying data science to drug discovery projects?

Join us to learn about how industry leverages advances in data science and machine learning to advance therapeutics!

John Santa Maria, PhD

Principal Scientist, UCB

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • 5pm-6pm 

RSVP here: https://harvardbiotechclub.typeform.com/to/pvbyyZPQ
Download Flyer


The upcoming *VIRTUAL* North American IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Student Conference will be in February 2021! The theme of the conference is "Diversity of Perspective & People" and it is being organized by a group of graduate students from MIT, Harvard, and Penn State (including a number of HST colleagues!). The goal is to emphasize equally themes of interdisciplinary conversation, broader social impacts, diversity, equity & inclusion, mental health and wellness, and scientific communication along with cutting edge research and cool science. Check out the website if you're interested, and we're now open to abstract submissions!


  • Friday, January 22 - Sunday, January 24, 2021
  • Register here

Join us for the Yale CBIT (Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology) 8th Annual Healthcare Hackathon - Using Big Data and Real-World Evidence

You do not need to know how to code or know about the theme specifically

Find more information at yalehackhealth.org

Questions? yalehackhealth [at] gmail.com (yalehackhealth[at]gmail[dot]com)


From June 26th – July 2nd, 2021, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a vibrant science & technology company with a more than 350 years long history, will be hosting the 11th edition of the Merck Innovation Cup (http://innovationcup.merckgroup.com) (http://innovationcup.emdgroup.com) near Frankfurt, Germany. In case the pandemic situation would not allow in-person meetings, the event would take place online.

We are inviting post-graduate students and young professionals to apply now – deadline January 31st, 2021.

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students and young professionals in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany. All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by Merck. The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their team. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior managers and researchers and accomplished retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Drug Discovery Technologies, Digitalization, and Pandemic Preparedness. At the first day of the summer camp a conference with alumni from previous editions of the Innovation Cup will be organized.

Postdocs and post-graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical and chemical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan, plus EUR 5,000 for the runner-up.

Most convincing project plans might potentially be implemented and top performing participants be offered a permanent position at Merck.

Poster and Flyer describing the event:



The Medical Development Group Boston (MDG Boston) is a community of individuals professionally committed to the Medical Device and other Medical Technology Industry segments united by the belief that innovation and advances in technology lead to substantial improvements in health care.

MDG's Mission is to contribute to the continuing development of medical devices and other medical technologies by enhancing the professional development of its members, fostering and supporting entrepreneurial thinking, serving as a forum for exploration of new business opportunities, and promoting best practices in enterprise management.

MDG pursues this mission through the organization of educational programs and forums: the facilitation of cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration; the creation of venues for networking and information sharing for current and aspiring professionals, clinicians, and entrepreneurs; and the development of alliances with complementary organizations.

We would love for you to attend and spread the word in your community!

For more information on our upcoming events, visit our website.


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 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 (webinars) are held on Wednesdays at noon.

Brainmap website: https://www.martinos.org/education/brainmap/

To sign up for the mailing list, please go to: https://mail.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/brainmap

Student Opportunities


Graduate student position available in the Biomedical Optical Imaging and Biophotonics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Intraoperative Surgical Guidance using Nonlinear Microscopy

A graduate student position is available in the Biomedical Optical Imaging and Biophotonics Group led by Professor James Fujimoto at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our group specializes in translational biomedical optics research using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and nonlinear microscopy. The successful candidate will develop nonlinear microscopy technology and methods for intraoperative guidance of breast and prostate cancer surgery and participate in clinical studies to improve outcomes of cancer surgery. The research involves close collaboration with pathologists, radiologists, and surgeons at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital of the Harvard Medical School.

The following qualifications and skill sets (or a subset of them) are required: 

  • Interest in translational research, clinical study design, collaboration with clinicians
  • Experience with multiphoton microscopy, confocal microscopy, light sheet microscopy, photoacoustics, OCT or related technology is a plus, but not required
  • Experience working with clinical collaborators is a plus, but not required

Responsibilities include:

  • Development and maintenance of advanced optical imaging systems such as nonlinear/multiphoton microscopes
  • Design and execution of clinical studies
  • Participation in research planning, proposal planning, and writing
  • Development and validation of rapid tissue evaluation protocols
  • Developing and maintaining research and IRB protocols

To apply or for more information about the position and group, please contact:
James Fujimoto
Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email: appsjgf [at] mit.edu


Grad Student Experience Grants with OGE Funds for graduate experience!
We fund numerous events/programs that enhance the graduate community at MIT.

Since 2002, the Graduate Student Life Grants program has been a successful proposal process that invites graduate students, spouses, faculty, and staff to submit creative ideas that kick-start community-building projects. This year, we are expanding this program to cover more facets of the graduate student experience examples of our categories include supporting students with children, diversity, equity, & inclusion, professional & leadership development, healthy living, arts and civic engagement, community-building across disciplines, outreach, advisor - advisee relations, and more!

We encourage you to apply for funds - especially in collaboration with other students or student groups. Proposals may address a specific community such as families, a particular department, or a cultural community; they may cross departments or focus within a discipline. The purpose should be to create a more vibrant and fulfilling graduate experience at MIT.

Previous successful grants include Teaching MIT to Code and Collaborate, American Sign Language Lessons, coffee/social hours, and many others (please see our website).

More details and the application can be found here.

The application deadline is January 31, 2021. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel, authors could be asked clarifying questions; funding decisions for approved proposals will be released in early December.

Please contact us with any questions: gradexperience [at] mit.edu (gradexperience[at]mit[dot]edu)


2021 Essay Challenge

The Health Research Alliance (HRA) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) have partnered to launch the Reimagine Biomedical Research for a Healthier Future Essay Challenge.

The biomedical research enterprise experienced a year of reckoning in 2020. Global cooperation to create a COVID-19 vaccine at an unprecedented pace shows the promise of research. Yet the pandemic, the resulting economic and social uncertainties, and the urgency of addressing systemic racial and regional inequities all add to longstanding concerns about the sustainability of the biomedical research enterprise. We need a new vision for a healthier future. The Reimagine Biomedical Research for a Healthier Future Essay Challenge is your opportunity to propose systemic changes that re-commit to serving society and achieving an equitable, diverse, and creative environment for all those working to advance scientific discovery and improve human well-being.

The Challenge
We invite you to submit a 1500-word essay following these submission guidelines. The winning essay will be published in either PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine, and will also receive a US$5000 prize. There will also be recognition for up to four essays receiving honorable mentions.

We encourage you to think critically about the current state of biomedical research, globally. We hope our challenge stimulates you to confer with colleagues and consider submitting an individual or multi-authored essay that will propose and elaborate new ideas addressing the challenges for the field – for example:

  • Innovative ways to move away from contemporary and reductive metrics of success and towards efforts that measurably improve everyday lives (e.g. advances in diagnostics, therapy, drug discovery, health services, and novel solutions to reduce health inequities).
  • Bold ideas to realign incentives for behaviors that advance discovery, support healthcare decision makers, and benefit society.
  • New ways to frame transparency and rigor as Open Scholarship values, not just checklists or hurdles, to improve societal trust in science.
  • Strategies to build an equitable, open, and transparent research ecosystem that values, empowers, and nurtures diversity.
  • Approaches that depend on creativity and innovation and not on the need for “more” (e.g. more money, more data, more publications, etc.)

Winner, and Honorable Mentions
The winning essay judged to have the most potential for inspiring change will be published either in PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine, whichever is deemed by PLOS the most appropriate venue for the essay. It will also be awarded US$5,000.
Up to four essays will be recognized by an honorable mention, and these will be published on the PLOS Blogs Network and will each receive a US$2,500 prize.

The authors of the winning essay, and authors from honorably mentioned essays, will be invited to present their ideas in a Reimagine Biomedical Research for a Healthier Future Symposium hosted by HRA and PLOS in September 2021.

Deadline: March 11, 2021
This date is the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic. It has been chosen to honor those who have experienced so much suffering during this pandemic, and to help convey the real-world importance of this reimagining.

We welcome essay submissions from individuals or from teams, noting that diverse perspectives are critical to solving our most pressing global challenges. Submissions will be considered from those working in academic, private sector, governmental, or non-profit institutions. Authors must commit to abiding by PLOS policies for publication which include Open Access publication under CC BY license, and editorial policies such as disclosure of competing interests. (See full submission guidelines.)

Review Criteria and Process
There is a 1500 word limit to keep essays succinct and to the point.
You should include a brief description of the problem you propose to solve, and devote the majority of the essay to the proposed solutions.
A panel representing HRA member organizations (HRA members) will score applications based on the review criteria outlined below, to create a shortlist of up to ten essays.

  • Magnitude of the change envisioned
  • Potential for achieving lasting impact and change
  • Novelty and timeliness
  • Feasibility
  • Diversity of thought and perspective

No single criterion outweighs another; all are important.

The overall winner, and honorable mentions, will then be selected from this shortlist by the panel of judges, including:

Maryrose Franko, Executive Director, Health Research Alliance
Nonia Pariente, Editor-in-Chief, PLOS Biology
Lara Bethke, Chief Scientific Officer, Health Resources in Action
Sindy Escobar Alvarez, Senior Program Officer, Medical Research Program, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Susan M. Fitzpatrick, President, James S. McDonnell Foundation
Lynne Garner, President, The Donaghue Foundation
Marc Hurlbert, Chief Science Officer, Melanoma Research Alliance
Judy Keen, Director of Scientific Affairs, American Society of Hematology
Amy Laster, Vice President, Science and Awards Programs, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Dawid Potgieter, Director, Programs in Discovery Science, Templeton World Charity Foundation

The panel reserves the right to reach out to other reviewers, in confidence, for input into the decision.

Before publication, the winning essay may be edited by a PLOS editor for length and style to conform to the PLOS journal format.


For more than 45 years our programs in the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) have empowered highly-motivated students to deepen knowledge, embrace confidence, cultivate community, and pursue their passions for STEM at the nation’s top colleges and beyond!

Join our team and you could be the reason a young person chooses to attend the college of their dreams, pursues a STEM career, and goes on to become a leader in their field! If this sounds like something you or one of your associates would like to be a part of, please consider our paid teaching and mentoring opportunities with the MIT Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy, AVAILABLE NOW.

We are currently seeking remote instructors, teaching assistants, and facilitators for our virtual SEED Academy program. Our staff application is open and we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis with a plan to begin interviewing mid-January. As such, please submit materials as soon as possible.

Our open and remote positions include:

  • SEED Academy Instructors ($30/hr, ~8-12 hours per session, (February – June 2021)
    The minimum educational requirement for Instructors is graduate coursework.
  • SEED Academy Teaching Assistants ($15/hr, ~7-9 hours per session, (February – June 2021)
    The minimum educational requirement for Teaching Assistants is the completion of one year of college coursework and prefer college students who have reached upper class status.
  • SEED Academy Facilitators ($16/hr, ~7-9 hours per session, (February – June 2021)
    The minimum educational requirement for a Facilitator is the completion of one year of college coursework and prefer college students who have reached upper class status. 

Visit https://staffapp.mit.edu to apply!

If you have questions regarding SEED Academy staff opportunities, please email staffapp [at] mit.edu (staffapp[at]mit[dot]edu) or SEED [at] mit.edu (SEED[at]mit[dot]edu).

About SEED Academy. Since the program’s launch in 2003, we have engaged youth from diverse backgrounds in the joy and excitement of discovery, making, and project-based learning. SEED Academy scholars are competitively selected and academically promising middle and high school students from public schools in Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence, MA. Most are also from backgrounds underrepresented in science and engineering. In addition, all 100+ SEED families and scholars are deeply committed to our multi-year program and they are very eager to be in community with others who love STEM and love to learn. Our spring semester begins soon on February 28 and we will meet on eight Saturdays through May 15 between the hours of 9:45am – 3:00pm EST. I hope you will explore joining our team!


Position: Summer Research Assistant
Research Area: Deep learning, medical imaging, risk prediction, cancer, cardiovascular disease
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Vineet Raghu and Michael Lu

Description: The Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center is recruiting research assistants to develop deep learning models to predict risk of future cardiovascular disease and cancer based on medical imaging. Candidates will have the opportunity to leverage large imaging databases with associated molecular and phenotypic data to further improve predictions and to better understand underlying biological mechanisms of increased risk (e.g., genetics, epigenetics, etc.). The candidate will work in a collaborative laboratory consisting of clinical radiologists, biomedical engineers, and computer scientists. There is potential for extending the opportunity with the group through the fall and spring.

The Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center is a clinical research program of the Department of Radiology and Division of Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The program aims to improve cardiovascular health by developing and validating imaging biomarkers of cardiovascular disease with a focus on MRI, PET, and CT. Under the direction of Michael T Lu, MD, MPH (Director of AI) and Udo Hoffmann, MD MPH (PI of CIRC) the group has been interested in developing deep learning-based imaging biomarkers.

Responsibilities: An ideal candidate should have some programming experience (preferably in Python and R) and interest in deep learning, Candidates will curate relevant patient cohorts to answer research questions, process medical images to develop deep learning models, and perform statistical analyses to evaluate and refine models.

Requirements: We seek motivated individuals currently pursuing their MD or Bachelor degrees.

Contact: Interested individuals should send an introductory email with attached CV to vraghu [at] mgh.harvard.edu (vraghu[at]mgh[dot]harvard[dot]edu)


Team CB2 has become a semi-finalist in Activate Bio - see https://www.activate.bio 

Team CB2 is in this competition based on a proposed plan to search for and identify CB2 agonists which may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.

We will be attempting to use computational pharmacology to find CB2 agonists. Based on the crystalline structures of CB2 recently published, we will be determining the binding affinity and molecular characteristics of the pharmacophore - using such software as PyRx.

We are seeking 3-4 enthusiastic and energetic students for Team CB2 to work with me in this competition and share all awards, prizes and/or equity in any start-up to arise from our efforts. We are especially seeking students with: PyRx or PyMol experience, coding experience, medicinal chemistry knowledge and skills along with students with some business background. If interested, please send your letter of interest along with a resume to: 

Robert P. Weinberg, DO, JD, MMSc, MIT Alumnus, Class of 1975 (BS, '76), rweinber [at] mit.edu (weinber[at]mit[dot]edu)


Anyone looking to improve communication skills: speaking and listening?
Visit a Toastmasters Club. The members of Toastmasters Clubs of MIT are happy to help students practice.

"Toastmasters is a fantastic way to improve your presentation skills! I personally learned a great deal from the MIT club and highly recommend it." -- Gwen Acton, MIT PhD

Clubs are currently meeting ONLINE.

Toastmasters @ MIT, Friday at 12 noon to 1pm, via Zoom

Tuesday Evening Toastmasters, 6:30 to 8pm

Humor & Drama Toastmasters, 1st Saturday of the month 10am to noon


We are launching Come On Out - Japan’s 6th Annual Global English Camp Summer Internship Program and extending our invitation to top Universities and Japanese high school students for a cross-cultural learning experience. Learn more at our future events - to be released via our newsletter.

We are currently seeking university students and recent graduates with native level English skills who are passionate about Japanese culture, gaining global experience, and mentoring others. They will be offered the opportunity to come to Japan for five weeks from mid-July to late August, 2021. Although this is an unpaid internship, the sponsor is providing certain expenses for each intern who participates in the six-week program. Airfare, lodging, meal and transportation subsidies will be provided. The program also offers optional Japanese language classes, field trips and an overnight trip. These additional opportunities are all designed to add cultural enrichment to your summer abroad experience.

This program is vastly different from any other traditional teaching position in Japan. Interns will facilitate English conversations with Japanese high school students on a variety of relevant global topics ranging from discussing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to  their personal life missions. Interns will be able to extend mentorship to new students each week as well as form lifelong connections with their fellow interns inside and outside the classroom.

We do not have any Japanese fluency requirements. Come On Out - Japan accepts undergraduates, graduates and recently graduated students as well.

Applications are now open at www.comeonoutjapan.com! If you have additional questions regarding the program, please contact Come on Out - Japan directly at info [at] comeonoutjapan.com (info[at]comeonoutjapan[dot]com) or via the inquiry tab on our website. For more specific information, please check out the following important links.

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Our Newsletter - the best way to stay informed (including upcoming GEC virtual info sessions)


Verily, an Alphabet company, lives at the intersection of technology, data science and healthcare. Our mission is to make the world’s health data useful so that people enjoy longer and healthier lives. 

Our team combines expertise in healthcare, data science and technology to improve the health and well-being of our communities. We are developing the infrastructure and solutions to harness the profusion of health information for good. Our data-driven solutions span three primary areas: research, care and innovation. Programs include Project Baseline - our research initiative to increase participation and evidence generation in clinical research; Onduo - our personalized virtual care platform, which includes connected tools, lifestyle coaching and clinical support; and Debug - our effort to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases by combining machine learning with sterile insect technique. We’re also actively working to combat the spread of COVID-19 through new programs like Healthy at Work. 

Our Data Science group specializes in analyzing and building models to help make sense of large datasets resulting from bio-sensors, digital pathology, clinical informatics, molecular assays, and patient surveys. We combine domain knowledge and programming expertise with statistical and machine learning knowledge to build scalable models and solutions that help power Verily’s various product areas. We are looking for interns with skill and interest in any of computational biology, digital pathology, clinical informatics, and bio-sensor processing.

This year our intern projects will support exciting emerging, early stage innovations in biology and pathology; novel devices deployed in clinical studies; and analysis of health system records in disease management applications. The internship project will include development and deployment of predictive models on various datasets in the aforementioned areas, as well as building specialized software infrastructure to enable the data science work.

Projects may include: application of Natural Language Processing methods to various EHR data sets for chronic disease management  or clinical workflow management; developing methods for analyzing and interpreting data from the Immune Profiler platform; applications of computer vision to pathological images generated by hyperspectral microscopes; development of algorithms that extract physiological state and disease status from high-frequency bio-sensor data streams.

**Join us for a unique 13 week internship that will take place May 17th to August 13th 2021 OR June 14th to September 10th 2021


  • Work with large, complex data sets to solve difficult, non-routine analytical problems.
  • Apply advanced statistical and machine learning methods that relate longitudinal measurements to clinical endpoints in a real-world population.
  • Develop performant and reusable models and libraries from original architecture and design through production deployment and performance analysis.
  • Review literature related to the project area and integrate relevant domain knowledge.
  • Communicate highly technical results and methods clearly, as well as interact cross-functionally with a wide variety of people and teams.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time student in a PhD or Master's program in a quantitative discipline (e.g., biomedical engineering, computer science, statistics, computational biology, applied mathematics, or similar) with an anticipated graduation date on or before the end of 2022. Undergraduates with demonstrated relevant experience may also be considered.
  • Authorization to work in the United States.
  • Experience with exploratory and statistical data analysis (such as linear models, multivariate analysis, predictive modeling, and stochastic models). 
  • Experience with machine learning (supervised and unsupervised methods).
  • Experience with Python (most roles) and/or R (computational biology).
  • Solid applied data science skills, e.g. experience with libraries such as NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, Scikit-Learn, Matplotlib etc. for Python users and dplyr, ggplot2 for R users.

Preferred qualifications:

  • 1+ years of relevant work experience (i.e., as a biomedical engineer, data scientist, computational biologist), including deep expertise and experience with statistical data analysis.
  • Experience with Deep Learning frameworks (TensorFlow, PyTorch etc.).
  • Experience deploying and monitoring models in production platforms.
  • Familiarity with software engineering practices and experience developing production software.
  • Demonstrated willingness to both teach others and learn new techniques.

If you are interested, apply here: https://verily.com/roles/job/?job_id=2380748

(This posting was submitted by Varesh Prasad, PhD, MEMP '19)


The International Support Network has setup a mailing list to build community and provide support to the international students at MIT. All MIT community members are welcome to join!

The International Support Network is a peer support network for international students and scholars as well as allies. We have been actively monitoring proposed policy changes that relate to remote appointments, housing, international travel as well as visa status for international students. After our July open letter​, we have been following up with ISO on related issues. Given the rapidly changing current situation, we acknowledge the heightened concern among the international community at MIT. With that in mind, we created our mailing list​ where we share information about policy updates (both MIT and federal), provide support, and hold future town halls to hear out community members.​

Sign up for the mailing list to hear about those updates and other resources!

Stay safe and take care everyone!​

Feel free to direct any questions to: international-support-admin [at] mit.edu (international-support-admin[at]mit[dot]edu)


ask.mit.edu is intended for MIT students to ask questions about student support at MIT. Ask your question here and a member of Student Support and Wellbeing team will get back to you within one business day.


Welcome! The MIT Activities Committee offers discounted tickets to the MIT community for local arts and culture, sporting events, and family activities.

View our list of Virtual Tours and Performances
Due to current COVID-19 concerns, all tickets are available for purchase online only.

Members of the MIT community: subscribe here (at the bottom of the page) to our mailing list/newsletter to receive the latest updates delivered right to your inbox!


Fellowship Newsletter

Our Fellowship Newsletter is a monthly/bimonthly occurrence that includes upcoming opportunities and events, tips on applying to fellowships, announcements, and generally an avenue for us to relay fellowship related information. 

Interested in receiving the newsletter? Please sign up for our mailing list by clicking here. Future Graduate Fellowship Bulletins will be sent right to your email inbox

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 https://iGrad.com/schools/MIT.

OGE’s Website Financial Literacy and Fellowship section updates
Newly updated Financial Literacy section to our website found here. Also, we’ve added a new Financial Concerns section that includes information on identity theft, food insecurity and transitioning out of school (great for graduation season) found here.

If there are further questions about fellowships, the OGE Fellowship section can be found here, especially the Fellowships Tips content here.  


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 of Graduate Education (OGE)’s GradDiversity seeks to support the success of underrepresented and under-served graduate students at MIT. This takes place through a series of programs designed to strengthen recruitment, enhance community, and ignite development in academic, leadership, and professional skills.

Together with the Institute Community and Equity Office and our faculty, students, and staff from across the Institute, we are committed to fostering a more inclusive and caring climate that intellectually engages and values all members of our MIT community.

Sign up for the GradDiversity 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.


Open to all significant others of MIT students, postdocs, and staff who have relocated to the Boston area

Visit: http://spouses.mit.edu


Our Event Calendar is available here.


  • Cultural Coffee Hours
    This series, facilitated by Jennifer Recklet Tassi, Senior Program Manager, will help you better understand your transition to living in a new country. Held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. Preregister here at bit.ly/mitadaptation
    • January 15: Understanding Cultural Differences
    • January 22: Understanding Intercultural Communication
    • January 29: Understanding the American Personality
  • Knitting Event with Majda Tanovic
    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6pm

    This event is open only for MS&PC members.
    Meet new families and friends (virtually) from the MS&PC community for a Knitting Event and have some FUN and relaxing time! We will ship all the supplies directly to your home. Please share your physical mailing address. Join us on Zoom where Majda will guide us through this knitting project which will be shipped to you before the meeting. An experienced teacher, Majda will introduce us to this relaxing hobby and share her tips and tricks. Find some quiet and focus with others while you create a beautiful design for your home. Please find her work below: https://www.facebook.com/Knittedhats/  If you are interested in joining a small group on January 22nd at 6pm, please fill out this form. Email vika [at] mit.edu (vika[at]mit[dot]edu) with your questions.


Every Wednesday at 3pm MS&PC meets via Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/585674692 (password: 139032).

Hosted by the MS&PC staff. Join other members of MS&PC for guest speakers, interactive games, and interesting conversation.


Subscribe to our weekly email updates: http://spouses.mit.edu/join/subscribe

Join our private Facebook Group

Follow us on Instagram @mspconnect

Email us at spousesandpartners [at] mit.edu (spousesandpartners[at]mit[dot]edu)


Every other Tuesday at 11am. Meet with Jennifer Recklet Tassi, the Program Manager, and Viktoriia Palesheva, the Program Assistant, and ask your questions about life at MIT and in Boston. Please register here we know that you are coming.


Parent Zoom – every Monday at 10am.

Bring your kids with you! We want to hear how you are doing and how we can better support you and your family during these difficult days.

English Conversation Group meets on Mondays at 5pm and Fridays at 10am via Zoom.


Toddler Playgroup members can find some activities for kids every Monday on Facebook.


Facilitated by Program Manager, Jennifer Recklet Tassi, this private appointment via Zoom or Skype is a time to ask questions, voice concerns, and reimagine your life here in Boston. We can spend the time talking about whatever is on your mind - from job search and career development to navigating a new city to figuring out how to make your experience in Boston productive and meaningful.

Book a 30 minute private appointment here: https://mspc.youcanbook.me/ Appointments will be available at various times during the week. Jennifer can talk with you via phone or Skype, Zoom.


Open to all members of the MIT community

We connect people across MIT for conversation, cultural exchange, and friendship.

How to find a conversation partner at MIT so you can practice a language you are learning or want to improve with a native speaker.

  • Visit our website: http://lce.mit.edu
  • Search and contact native speakers of languages you want to practice for one-on-one conversation held at your convenience         Watch this video to learn how our website works
  • Join our new Slack Space: https://bit.ly/lce-slack
  • Join or create channels for the languages you are interested in
  • Practice your writing skills while meeting other people at MIT who share your language interests
  • Participate in our virtual events: https://bit.ly/LCECAFE

    • Zoom Conversation Cafes – Preregister at bit.ly/LCECAFE
      Tuesday January 19 at 1pm
      Small groups of people from all over MIT meet in breakout rooms assigned by language for conversation practice and cultural exchange.
    • English slang around the world: from London to Mumbai
      Friday January 15 at 2pm
      Join MISTI India and MISTI UK as we explore some of the quirks of the English language as it’s used around the world. Sign up with your “good name” and get ready to use your “loaf” as we dig into Indian Englishisms and Cockney Rhyming slang!
      Registration is required: https://bit.ly/IAPLCE
  • Conversation cafes held on Zoom

  • Breakout rooms with small groups of people for language exchange
    Held on the 2nd Friday and 4th Tuesday of the month at 2pm, Register in advance

Get in touch with the LCE

Email us at lce [at] mit.edu (lce[at]mit[dot]edu)

Follow us on Facebook @MITLCE


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.



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


Postdoctoral position available in the Biomedical Optical Imaging and Biophotonics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Intraoperative Surgical Guidance using Nonlinear Microscopy

A postdoctoral position is available in the Biomedical Optical Imaging and Biophotonics Group led by Professor James Fujimoto at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our group specializes in translational biomedical optics research using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and nonlinear microscopy. The successful candidate will develop nonlinear microscopy technology and methods for intraoperative guidance of breast and prostate cancer surgery and participate in clinical studies to improve outcomes of cancer surgery. The research involves close collaboration with pathologists, radiologists, and surgeons at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital of the Harvard Medical School.

The position is intended for candidates who wish to broaden their research and management skills in preparation for an academic career or a thought leader in industry. The position provides an opportunity to develop skills in: advanced microscopy imaging technology, designing and managing clinical studies, research proposal planning and writing, reporting to sponsors, mentoring junior students, and translating new technology / methods to patient care. Candidates with previous experience in other optical imaging technologies, such as confocal microscopy, light sheet microscopy, photoacoustics, or OCT, can broaden their skills and will be able to participate in a wider range of projects.

The following qualifications and skill sets or a subset of them are required:

  • Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field
  • Research in optics or biomedical optics
  • Experience with hardware instrumentation and experimental techniques
  • Programming skills in Python, C, C#, or C++  
  • Interest in translational research, clinical study design, collaboration with clinicians
  • Experience with multiphoton microscopy, confocal microscopy, light sheet microscopy, photoacoustics, OCT or related technology is a plus, but not required
  • Experience working with clinical collaborators is a plus, but not required

Responsibilities include:

  • Development and maintenance of advanced optical imaging systems such as nonlinear/multiphoton microscopes
  • Design and execution of clinical studies
  • Participation in research planning, proposal planning, and writing
  • Development and validation of rapid tissue evaluation protocols
  • Developing and maintaining research and IRB protocols
  • Mentoring junior students

To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of 3 references to:
James Fujimoto
Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email: appsjgf [at] mit.edu


The Vaccines Research Division and the Inflammation and Immunology Research Unit is seeking a dynamic individual to join the Systems Immunology group and support single-cell elucidation and characterization of Adjuvant Biology responses.

This person will be responsible for the next-generation profiling and analysis of immune responses elicited by various adjuvants and adjuvanted vaccines. They will execute technical and laboratory aspects of in-house bulk and single-cell RNAseq analysis projects, including the design and execution of laboratory experiments. The candidate will also statistically analyze and correlate high-dimensional profiling data with humoral and cellular immune responses in support of various Pfizer vaccine programs.

Finally, the candidate will be expected to provide training and technical guidance to colleagues in a matrix environment as a systems immunology expert. 


  • Identify the unique innate and adaptive immune responses induced by various adjuvants and adjuvanted vaccines using cutting edge Systems Immunology approaches in order to optimize and predict the potency of vaccine candidates.
  • Design bulk and single-cell transcriptomic profiling experiments in collaboration with the Vaccine Research Division to identify immune signatures from both in vitro human and in vivo animal studies.
  • Generate and analyze single-cell profiling experiments, including single-cell RNA sequencing, and antibody-based single-cell analysis (CITEseq, etc.), from sample preparation, library construction, data generation, and data processing to analysis and interpretation of results.
  • Supervise and analyze bulk transcriptomic workflows from sample preparation, library construction, data generation, and data processing to interpretation of results.
  • Implement data processing and analysis workflows, including cutting edge bioinformatic pipelines to identify immune response signatures.
  • Effectively utilize available resources as needed to achieve timely execution of projects.
  • Work with cross-functional teams (internal and external) to execute plans and deliverables.
  • Present progress to senior management and project leadership.
  • Influence decision making at the business segment level by providing in-depth analysis and identifying multidisciplinary strategic solutions to management.


  • PhD in Immunology, Biology, or other related disciplines with 0-3 years post-PhD work experience in an academic or biopharma/biotech setting.
  • Expertise in innate and adaptive immunity, host-pathogen response, and/or vaccinology.
  • 3+ years of hands-on molecular biology and next-generation sequencing expertise.
  • 1+ years of experience in analyzing ‘omics data (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, single-cell RNA-seq, etc.) for biomedical research.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages such as R or Python.


  • 1+ year of hands-on knowledge and experience with single-cell RNA sequencing platforms (10x, inDrop, Drop-Seq, etc.)
  • 1+ year of extensive experience with computational and statistical approaches for high-dimensional data analysis, especially single-cell RNAseq.

If anyone has questions about this job/working at Pfizer, please do not hesitate to contact Marc Wadsworth, PhD (marcwadsworth2 [at] gmail.com),
an MIT Chemistry and Shalek Lab alum currently working at Pfizer.


Flagship Pioneering is recruiting for our 2021 Fellows Program (description here). It’s a 12 week paid fellowship sponsored over the summer at Flagship’s offices in Cambridge, although due to the pandemic we successfully transitioned into a remote experience last summer with great success. The fellowship is designed to be a unique opportunity to be exposed to our approach to science, innovation, and venture creation, as well as learn from our talented team to apply this approach first-hand. We’re looking for amazing PhDs and postdocs who might be interested. You can find a job description here and the application is available at this link.

Joseph Brady will hosting a virtual info session about Flagship and the Flagship Fellowship on Thursday, January 14 from 5:30 to 6:30pm. For more information contact him at jbrady [at] flagshippioneering.com (jbrady[at]flagshippioneering[dot]com).


Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Area: Cancer Cell Biology, Immunooncology, Cellular Imaging, Chemistry
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Weissleder, Ralph

The lab of Ralph Weissleder (https://csb.mgh.harvard.edu/weissleder) in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions. Several positions are available in cancer cell biology, immunooncology, cellular imaging and chemistry. Ideal candidates should have a strong academic background, US training and prior publications. The Center has a diverse faculty 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 PhD, or MD/PhD 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 (Sullivan.Serena [at] mgh.harvard.edu (Sullivan[dot]Serena[at]mgh[dot]harvard[dot]edu)).


Nominations are being solicited for appointment as a UCSF Sandler Fellow. UCSF Sandler Fellows are independent group leaders who receive an annual financial award to cover their salary and the costs of their research program. Fellows are encouraged to apply for an NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5). The UCSF Sandler Fellow award is nonrenewable, for a term of five years. See http://fellows.ucsf.edu/ for additional details about the program.

A candidate must be nominated by a mentor/advisor who is able to comment in some depth on the accomplishments and future potential of the candidate. A nomination letter, accompanied by the nominee’s curriculum vitae, should be sent to the address below by 1/29/21. Selected applications will then be chosen to submit two additional letters of recommendation and a brief research plan. All letters should include specific comments about how the candidate’s proposed research program has the potential for high impact in the chosen field and is distinct from existing work in the advisor’s lab, and why the candidate is ready to start an independent lab. Nominees working in any area of modern biomedical sciences will be considered. Although the UCSF Sandler Fellows Program is eager to consider nominations of all exceptional individuals, we are particularly interested in attracting a broad, diverse spectrum of scientists to our campus. See the nominations page for details.

The deadline for nominations is January 29, 2021.
Nominations should be sent by email to: Dr. Alan Frankel, Chair, UCSF Sandler Fellows Steering Committee, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 600 16th Street, San Francisco CA 94158-2280
Email: frankel [at] cgl.ucsf.edu (frankel[at]cgl[dot]ucsf[dot]edu)


Job Description
J&J Vision(JJV), a member of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies, is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Research & Development (R&D) located in Jacksonville, Florida.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. specializes in the manufacturing of industry-leading contact lenses, which it markets under ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. Ever since the ACUVUE® Brand transformed vision correction in 1988 with the world's first soft disposable contact lenses, we've passionately pursued new technologies and the highest quality standards. We're proud that ACUVUE® lenses are worn by more people than any other brand.

At Johnson & Johnson Vision, we have a bold ambition: to change the trajectory of eye health. That’s why, through our operating companies, we’ve developed solutions for every stage of life—to help people see better, connect better and live better. We partner with eye care professionals to provide some of the world’s leading products and technologies to address refractive error, cataracts, dry eye, and beyond. We are committed to using our reach and size for good and strive to put quality eye care within reach of everyone, everywhere. Visit us at www.jjvision.com. Follow @JNJVision on Twitter and Johnson & Johnson Vision on LinkedIn.

The candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team to investigate the impact of various chemical components on the polymerization kinetics and performance of Class II and Class III medical devices. Project work will include raw material analysis, formulations, photo-initiated polymerization, device fabrication and analytical characterization of the finished products. Expertise in polymerization kinetics, polymer mechanics, synthetic organic chemistry, and photochemistry are required. Knowledge of 2-photon excitations, related chemistries, and/or process development is desirable. Scale up from glove box feasibility to pilot line runs with acceptable repeatability and reproducibility targets is anticipated.

The Post-Doctoral Candidate will:

  • Develop novel bulk and surface polymerization chemistries for ophthalmic medical device applications.
  • Candidate will be working with a multidisciplinary team composed of organic chemists, analytical chemists, polymer scientists, biochemists, chemical engineers, and optometrists.
  • Interaction with clinical, quality and regulatory functions


  • A PhD in photochemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, , polymer physics, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering or material science is required.
  • Availability to work full-time (40 hours/week) for the two-year post-doctoral period.
  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H1-B status) now or in the future.
  • Demonstrated leadership is preferred.
  • Candidates must be detail-oriented, highly organized and able to manage multiple tasks.
  • Candidates must have the ability to contribute independently as well as on project teams.
  • Candidates need to be proficient with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Power Point, and have strong oral and written communication skills.

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies are equal opportunity employers, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Primary Location: United States-Florida-Jacksonville-7500 Centurion Parkway

Organization: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (6094)

Job Function: R&D (Requisition ID 2005865456W)

Apply on the Johnson & Johnson site directly by clicking on this job link.


Come Join Analog Devices (ADI) – a place where Innovation meets Impact. For the past 50 years, Analog Devices has been inventing innovative technologies that transform lives. Get hands-on experience working with the brightest minds to solve complex problems that matter: from autonomous vehicles, drones and factories to augmented reality to remote healthcare. Enjoy a culture that values aligned goals, balanced work-life priorities, continuous learning throughout your career and shared rewards. At ADI, we invest in you and succeed together because we believe that happy, healthy, intellectually-challenged people drive our growth and market leadership.

ADI helps customers bridge the physical and digital worlds with unmatched technologies that solve real-life problems and make the world smarter, healthier, greener and safer. With over $5 billion in revenue, ADI specializes in high-performance analog, mixed-signal, power, and digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits that sense, measure, interpret, connect, power, secure and transform how the world experiences the world around them. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.analog.com; and our education library where you can find technical articles and video tutorials here.

Internship opportunities can be found here.


Seeking scientists who are passionate about developing algorithms and deploying tools for the analysis of -omic data to join our disease cancelling technology team.

Immuneering's Disease Cancelling Technology (DCT) computational platform accelerates target identification and drug discovery. We are expanding DCT by creating tools and interactive interfaces to facilitate interpretation of the insights generated by our algorithms.

We are looking for a computational biologist with a strong background in tool development. The ideal candidate has experience with R package and shiny development, has created and managed databases, and is an expert at applying statistical analysis and machine learning to genomic datasets.

Our team consists of brilliant people willing to share their knowledge and eager to learn from each other. You will work in a collaborative and nurturing environment that values diversity, personal development and integrity. We believe that diverse perspectives and experiences drive innovation. Immuneering is a Great Place to Work-Certified company with an excellent work-life balance.

San Diego, New York or Cambridge


  • Create bioinformatic tools using custom R packages
  • Create and deploy interactive shiny apps for visualization of results from our Disease Cancelling Technology
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop analysis methods and algorithms to solve complex computational research problems
  • Leverage SQL or other databases for data storage
  • Present scientific material (written and oral) to diverse audiences

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biostatistics or a related field (i.e., Biology,Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics) or 5+ years of work experience at a leading computational biology focused institution
  • Proficient in R, comfortable writing functions and unit tests
  • Experience processing gene expression/RNA-seq
  • Proficiency writing packages to run analysis of large data sets (ideally transcriptomic, genomic, proteomic, and/or epigenomic data)
  • Experience applying machine learning approaches to analysis of -omic data in pre-clinical settings
  • Experience developing effective visualization tools using ggplot2, plotly, d3
  • Background developing and deploying shiny apps
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as contribute to large projects
  • Knowledge of version control with git
  • Knowledge of clean code and test-driven development
  • Willingness to learn
  • Effective English communication skills (both written and oral)

Preferred Additional Qualifications

  • Broad and deep understanding of genetics, proteomics, and/or genomics as documented by a strong publication record in high-impact journals
  • Experience processing and interpreting single cell RNA-seq datasets
  • Experience studying human disease using genomic approaches, especially leveraging transcriptomic datanderstanding of tidyverse packages
  • Experience creating and managing docker images
  • Python scripting, especially numpy, pandas, scikit learn, tensorflow or keras
  • Strong scientific communication; excellent writing and presentation skills

To apply, contact careers [at] immuneering.com (careers[at]immuneering[dot]com) ATTN: DCT Hiring Manager


The Ragon Early Independence Fellows Program provides a unique career development pathway for exceptional
scientists and clinician-scientists who have recently completed graduate training.

The newly created Ragon Early Independence Fellows Program seeks applications from talented PhD, MD, and MD/PhD
candidates who have recently completed their graduate training and are pursuing any area of biology that synergizes with
the mission of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. The Institute is a highly collaborative, diverse, interdisciplinary,
mission-driven research institute and community that bridges the best in biomedical and clinical science to harness the
immune system to prevent and cure human diseases. We provide state-of-the-art research facilitates in Kendall Square, at
the heart of the MGH, MIT, and Harvard communities, and are deeply committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable
environment that values all aspects of diversity and celebrates individual differences.

The Fellowship will support, train, and elevate creative, talented, and collaborative scientists for up to five years. It includes
a generous start-up package with salary support, fringe benefits, dedicated laboratory and office space, research support,
administrative support, and access to state of the art core facilities including advanced flow cytometry, microscopy, BSL-3
facilities, and an extensive clinical specimen repository. Clinician-scientists will have the opportunity to be part of leading
academic clinical divisions. Fellows will be treated as faculty and are eligible to apply for additional internal Ragon Institute
funds (Strategic Initiatives funds) and are eligible but not required to apply for NIH and other external funding.

A mentorship committee composed of senior faculty from the Ragon Institute as well as MGH, MIT, and Harvard will meet
regularly with the Fellow to advise on their research program, trainee mentorship, and long-term research strategy. Fellows
will also join the community of Kendall Square Fellows from the Whitehead, Broad, McGovern, and Koch Institutes.

Applicants with a PhD or MD/PhD and no postdoctoral training, including PhD students in their last year of graduate school,
should apply to the Basic Science track. Applicants with an MD or MD/PhD who have completed clinical subspecialty
training within the past 2 years, with demonstration of excellence within their subspecialty, should apply to the Clinician-
Scientist track.

All candidates should demonstrate a record of exceptional achievement in basic or translational research and the potential
to develop an outstanding independent research program aligned with the mission of the Ragon Institute. Candidates are
sought who have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively and the scholarly qualities required to mentor trainees.
Innovative scientists working in translational or basic biomedical research bringing novel approaches from engineering,
physical sciences, computation and structural biology, as well as those with unique experience in microbiology, virology or
immunology, will be strongly considered. Expertise in the HIV field is not required.
The application should include:

  1. The applicant’s CV
  2. A 500-word summary of previous research and vision statement for future research, including how the Fellows’ proposed research program would synergize with the Ragon culture and research mission.
  3. A letter of nomination sent separately from a mentor of the candidate, endorsing an independent research pathway
  4. A 2-3 page Research Statement which includes future plans and references.
  5. Three references

A link to upload application materials is accessible here (https://www.ragoninstitute.org/faculty-recruitment/). Questions are encouraged and should be also be sent to ragonfellows [at] mit.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through January 30, 2021.

Please see the Ragon Institute website (http://www.ragoninstitute.org/) for more information on this position.


Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Area: Synthetic biology, molecular systems biology, tumor immunology
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Miller, Miles

Description: The Miller Lab in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School is recruiting postdoctoral research scholars to develop new technologies for spatially manipulating cellular dynamics in situ within tissue, using an integration of optogenetics and translational imaging technologies. The candidate will work in a highly collaborative laboratory of several postdoc members with backgrounds in engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, and medicine. The laboratory provides a supportive research environment working with clinicians in the hospital and industry partners.

Responsibilities: An ideal candidate has expertise in one or more of the following areas: molecular biology, synthetic biology, optics (microscopy), optogenetics, cell signaling, cell biology, and relevant areas.

Requirements: We seek motivated and creative individuals with a PhD or MD/PhD degree. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments, and the email addresses of two references to: Miles Miller (miles.miller [at] mgh.harvard.edu (miles[dot]miller[at]mgh[dot]harvard[dot]edu)).

The Center for Systems Biology (CSB) at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is currently recruiting for a postdoctoral research position in the Laboratory for Multiscale Network Biology directed by Prof. Miles Miller, PhD.

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 (csb.mgh.harvard.edu). Program awardees will have the opportunity to
work closely with faculty and will benefit from didactic educational opportunities and seminars.

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.

We offer excellent training opportunities in a highly collaborative department that brings together synthetic biology, 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.

A strong background in life sciences and 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
(sullivan.serena [at] mgh.harvard.edu (sullivan[dot]serena[at]mgh[dot]harvard[dot]edu)).


Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Area: Engineering, Extracellular vesicles, Neuroscience
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Im, Hyungsoon (https://csb.mgh.harvard.edu/hyungsoon_im/)

Description: The Im Lab in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School seeks highly motivated postdoctoral research scholars to develop next-generation diagnostic technologies for clinical translation. The candidate will work in a highly collaborative laboratory of several
postdoc members with backgrounds in engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, and medicine. The laboratory provides a supportive research environment working with clinicians in the hospital and industry partners.

Responsibilities: An ideal candidate has expertise in one or more of the following areas: Engineering, Optics (microscopy), Microfluidics, Organ-on-a-chip, Extracellular Vesicles, Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Computer Science, or relevant areas.

Requirements: We seek motivated and creative individuals with a PhD or MD/PhD degree. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments, and the email addresses of two references to: Hyungsoon Im (Im.Hyungsoon [at] mgh.harvard.edu (Im[dot]Hyungsoon[at]mgh[dot]harvard[dot]edu)).


Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Area: Artificial intelligence, deep learning, computer science,
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Im, Hyungsoon (https://csb.mgh.harvard.edu/hyungsoon_im/)

Description: A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Hyungsoon Im in the Center for Systems Biology (CSB) at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School. We are interested in candidates with research background in artificial intelligence, deep learning, computer science, and relevant areas. We have active projects developing and applying AI algorithms for medical and microscopic imaging as well as their clinical translation.

Responsibilities: Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desired but not required: computer science, bioinformatics, engineering or relevant areas. The ideal candidate will have interest in the development of new deep-learning algorithms based on medical data and their applications in translational medicine.

Requirements: We seek motivated and creative individuals with a PhD or MD/PhD degree. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments, and the email addresses of two references to: Hyungsoon Im (Im.Hyungsoon [at] mgh.harvard.edu (Im[dot]Hyungsoon[at]mgh[dot]harvard[dot]edu)).


Graduate student and postdoc positions available immediately in the Gerber Lab to develop novel machine learning models to elucidate fundamental rules governing the formation and maintenance of complex microbial ecosystems in the mammalian gut under the National Science Foundation funded MTM 2: The rules of microbiota colonization of the mammalian gut project. Using a combination of novel computational and high-throughput experimental methods, we seek to elucidate underlying mechanistic rules governing the formation, maintenance and future behavior of complex ecosystems of microbes in the gut. The position will give you the opportunity to develop advanced machine learning methods while working on real, biologically relevant problems. Techniques we use include Bayesian nonparametric models, dynamical systems inference from sparse data, interpretable models, approximate inference methods and relaxations of discrete variables to enable fully-differentiable models.

The candidate is expected to engage with the broader machine learning community by presenting work at top machine learning conferences, as well as publishing applications of new methods in high impact biological journals. Although some experience modeling biological systems is required, microbiome specific knowledge is not required. This could be a good fit for either someone with a strong machine learning background who wants to get domain-specific research experience, OR someone with a strong mathematical background who wants to get more machine learning experience.

See https://gerber.bwh.harvard.edu/jobs/ for more information.


Come join our Applications Development Engineering team at Berkeley Lights!

Development Engineer

Emeryville, CA - Applications Engineering /Full-time

Here at Berkeley Lights, we think cells are awesome! Cells are capable of manufacturing cures for diseases, fibers for clothing, energy in the form of biofuels, and food proteins for nutrition. So the question is, if nature is capable of manufacturing the products we need in a scalable way, why aren’t we doing more of this? Well, the answer is that with the solutions available today, it is hard. Berkeley Lights is here to change all of that! Our extremely sophisticated proprietary technology and Beacon® and LightningTM systems accelerate the rate researchers can discover and develop cell-based products in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of conventional, legacy research methods. Using our tools and solutions, scientists can find the best cells, the first time they look.

Our goal is to continue to collaborate with customers to drive the adoption of our technologies, making cell-based products and therapeutics more easily accessible the world over! You will play a major role here in the creation and development of these technologies, and our success will depend on you! We have been changing how the world develops cell-based products since 2011, and now our family of around 200 employees welcomes you to consider joining us on this incredible journey.

This role exists at the interface of the Applications and Software Engineering teams. In this role, you will manage the Python code base that includes all application-level code used to execute biological workflows on Berkeley Lights’ platforms. This role requires a strong foundation in object-oriented programming as well as exposure to advanced lab automation equipment with an emphasis on microscopy and microfluidics. A collaborative and supportive mindset is required to enable success of the Team.

Successful candidates may have the opportunity to travel on assignment to customer sites in support of our Field Applications Team.

Find the full job posting here.

Here is a note from Or Gadish, HST MEMP PhD '19:

I've been working at Berkeley Lights for almost exactly a year now since I graduated and I've loved the company culture and overall goals, the products we make, the specific work our team does, the people I work with, and especially during COVID, the fact that our technology is already enabling vaccine and antibody treatment development. The Applications Development Engineer is at the heart of what the company does, working at the intersection of engineering and science, combining software, hardware, biology, and communications. This kind of work is both exciting and allows you to learn a lot of new things (and also great for the overall resume).

Aside from the awesome job, the company is in Emeryville, CA which means that you can live a short commute away from San Francisco or from the (relatively) lower housing prices in the East Bay.

There is also a posting for a Product Engineer role on the team for someone with BS or MS with 3-5 years experience.

If you (or someone you know) is interested in either position, please check out the posting and reach out to me at or.gadish [at] berkeleylights.com (or[dot]gadish[at]berkeleylights[dot]com)!


Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team at the UPM to design and implement translational applications of end products, services and technological outputs of the Human Brain Project (HBP). This will involve the formation of strategic links with partners in industry and development of potential business models.

The successful applicant will be involved in planning and launching a call for expressions of interest for industry engagement as part of the HBP.

Typical activities:

1. Identification of promising technologies for industrial exploitation

2. Identification and interaction with potential user companies

3. TRL assessment

4. Technology roadmaps

5. Business plans

6. Licensing of patents, software or knowledge

Find more information here.


The Jain Lab at University of California, San Francisco  (https://ishajainlab.com) 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 (https://jainlabblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/hypoxiatherapy_science_2016.pdf). 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 are similarly interested in studying causes of subclinical and vitamin deficiencies and diseases that might benefit from megavitamin therapy. We will be using a combination of systems-level approaches (CRISPR screens, metabolomics, etc.) and animal physiology to tackle these questions. Post-docs 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/vitamins/aging, email Dr. Jain at Isha.Jain [at] ucsf.edu (Isha[dot]Jain[at]ucsf[dot]edu) with a short description of your past research experiences and a resume/CV. 

Dr. Jain received her PhD through the HST MEMP Program at MIT.


Research Fellow in Digital Health: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of Digital Psychiatry
(co-sponsored, dual appointment with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School)


This unique research fellowship at the intersection of digital health, smartphone apps, digital phenotyping, biostatistics, and patient care offers the opportunity to work at the frontier of mobile health at Harvard Medical School. This fellowship focuses on evaluation, analysis, and dissemination of clinically focused insights derived from novel data obtained from clinical research studies focusing on college mental health and serious mental illnesses.

The Digital Psychiatry Division (https://www.digitalpsych.org/) of the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School Affiliated Teaching Hospital, is leading efforts to translate advances in digital phenotyping and smartphone interventions for mental health to clinical solutions to improve the care of patients with illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. The team is led by John Torous MD, board certified in both psychiatry and clinical informatics and offers the opportunity to make a strong impact and improve mental health with new technologies. 

Start: Can be immediately and negotiable

Salary: Competitive

Job Description:

With this current opening we are seeking a candidate with strong quantitative skillsets applicable to digital mental health including time series analysis, imputation, creation of novel models, and application machine learning methods. Longitudinal patient level data is today generated from smartphone sensors, surveys, and metadata with the opportunity to combine neuroimaging and genetic data sets. Immediate goals include creating models of relapse prediction based on smartphone data to provide patients with early warning of elevated risk. The successful candidate would be expected to lead several projects at the intersection of digital mental health, global health, and clinical care that would result in first author publications. Finally, the successful candidate would be expected to work with our team in pursuing both industry and academic grants to expand this work.

An ideal candidate has been awarded or has nearly completed the requirements for a doctoral degree or foreign equivalent and is a trainee pursuing advanced studies beyond the doctoral level in preparation for an independent career in quantitative data science. In collaboration with and under the mentorship of the Principle Investigator (PI), a successful Research Fellow will engage in activities in the digital mental health space that will further his or her professional development. The position can be co-sponsored with the Division of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and offer protected time there as well as at the medical center.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree related to computer science, biostatistics, or data science
  • Strong publication history and writing skills
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skillset with R or Python experience.
  • Prior experience reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing scientific literature.
  • Excellent attention to detail and interpersonal, organizational, writing, and project management skills.
  • Strong organizational and data management skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior healthcare related research or team experience
  • Data visualization experience

For more information, please email John Torous, MD: jtorous [at] bidmc.harvard.edu (jtorous[at]bidmc[dot]harvard[dot]edu).


Martinos Center Research Fellow in Simultaneous PET/MR Neuroimaging
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging MGH, HMS

We are seeking two postdoctoral fellows to join our team to pursue research in simultaneous PET/MR imaging in neuroscience applications. Our research focuses on developing and applying novel PET/MRI methods to investigate the neurochemical underpinnings of psychiatric and neurological disorders. We have projects and training opportunities in the following area: (1) Quantify neuroreceptor dynamics and evaluate functional consequences with pharmacological imaging in animal models and human subjects, with applications in pain, addiction, and other psychiatric disorders; and (2) Assess the impacts of neurovascular coupling/function on PET radiotracer kinetics, with applications in neurodegenerative disorders.

Our research programs are highly translational spanning from animal models, first-in-human studies, to clinical applications. The appointment as a Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School research fellow will be for 1 year with possibility for extension based on performance and the availability of funding. The positions are available immediately.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated researcher with a desire to begin an independent career related to or involving neuroimaging. The position requires a PhD degree in Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Neuroscience or a related field. However, we will consider candidates of any scientific background. This position requires experience in analysis of medical imaging data. Experience with MRI or PET is a plus. Extremely strong candidates with minimal imaging experience are still encouraged to apply. Strong written and oral English communication skills are required.

Additional Skills/Abilities/Competencies
The job requires a candidate who is mature, responsible and flexible with excellent organizational and people skills. S/He must be able to work with in a fast-paced environment and should be able to problemsolve/troubleshoot, juggle and prioritize multiple tasks and seek assistance when appropriate.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing research interests and experience, an updated CV, and names and contact information of three references to: Hsiao-Ying (Monica) Wey, Ph.D. (E-mail: hsiaoying.wey [at] mgh.harvard.edu (hsiaoying[dot]wey[at]mgh[dot]harvard[dot]edu)). Please contain “Research Fellow Application: Your Name” in the e-mail subject line.

The Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers.


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We’re now accepting applications from graduating students for our winter session.

*While Fellows can attend the program from anywhere, they will still interview for roles in their chosen program location. All eligibility criteria still applies. Visit our FAQ page for more information.


What is Insight?

The Insight Fellows Program is a seven-week professional training fellowship for graduating students and working professionals looking to transition to thriving careers as data scientists, engineers, and other cutting-edge professionals. Insight takes a unique approach, working closely with partner companies to match Fellows with the hiring teams that represent the best fit for their skills and experience. 

Gain a Network

Since 2012, Insight has helped over 3,000 Fellows transition to thriving careers in a variety of data and tech fields. By joining the Fellowship, you’re also joining an extensive community of industry leaders, and gaining connections to thousands of data and tech professionals from hundreds of companies. This is an investment in your future that pays dividends for years to come.

Getting Hired

88% of Insight Fellows accept a job offer in their chosen field within 6 months of finishing the Fellows Program, and the median time to hire is 8 weeks.

Starting Salary

The average starting base salary for Insight Fellows across all our locations is $126,000. Average bonus is $12,000, and almost all Fellows receive either equity or stock grants. The average stock grant for publicly-traded companies is $26,000 per year.

Hiring Companies

Insight alumni are now working at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, CVS Health, 23andMe, Bloomberg, NBC, Bosch, American Express, Microsoft, and 700+ other top companies.

Post-Program Experience 

Beyond the seven week program, Insight Fellows get access to a structured, highly-personalized post-program experience. This personalized post-program experience that we’re introducing as of Summer 2020, helps Insight Fellows get jobs 40% faster and earn $10,000-15,000/year more than the results quoted above. Learn more here.

Available Programs: Artificial Intelligence, Data Engineering, DevOps Engineering, Decentralized Consensus, Security, Data Science*, Health Data Science*,

*Please note that our programs are open to all degree levels, except our Data Science and Health programs, which have a PhD requirement.  


Sessions will take place remotely, but Fellows will interview for jobs in the following cities:

San Francisco, New York, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Portland, Washington DC

Want to learn more about Insight and our programs? Visit: https://www.insightfellows.com

Not ready to apply? Sign up for our notification list: https://notifiy.insightdatascience.com/notify

Questions? Email us at info [at] insightdatascience.com (info[at]insightdatascience[dot]com)


NIH Funded Postdoc Training in Informatics, Genomics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Biomedical Data Science at Boston Children's Hospital

The Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) at Boston Children’s Hospital is now accepting applications for an NIH Funded Postdoc Training opportunity. The program has been committed to recruiting and retaining postdoctoral trainees who are URiM. We have maintained our commitment to diversity through prioritizing applications from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.


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 Hannah Schram (jenna [at] labshares.com (hannah[at]labshares[dot]com), 857-222-5817).

LabShares Website

LabShares Upcoming Events


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. https://cc.nih.gov/training/gme/programs1.html

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). https://cc.nih.gov/training/students/clinical_electives.html

Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD 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. https://cc.nih.gov/training/phdcourse/index.html

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. https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postdoc_irp

Graduate Partnerships Program
This program is designed to bring PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research. https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/gpp

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. https://cc.nih.gov/training/training1.html


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


Each year, the German Office of McKinsey & Company conducts a tour throughout the United States to recruit outstanding German-speaking students (undergrad, grad, postgrad, PhD) with a passion for Management and Strategy Consulting. With Covid-19 still representing a lot of uncertainty and restrictions regarding everyone’s health and students’ presence on campus, we will still offer our first event in 2021 in a digital format.

Therefore, we would like to invite German-speaking students to our January 2021 McKinsey 4.0 event and the subsequent February 2021 interview days. The McKinsey 4.0 event provides students with the opportunity to practice real live consulting work for a start-up whilst getting to know us and the kind of work we do at McKinsey & Company.

The specific dates are as follows:

Please note that our recruiting efforts are not limited to students with business- and economics-related academic backgrounds. We have a long history of recruiting stellar students in the US having non-business profiles such as arts, humanities, computer science, technical engineering, law and political and social studies. Our efforts predominantly target undergradgrad and postgrad students as well as PhD students. MBA students will be addressed via a separate channel.


The MIT Alumni Advisors Hub is an online platform that students can use to ask for advice when they need it—from MIT alumni around the world. Students can get advice on their job and internship search, conduct a mock interview or informational interview, explore career paths and future entrepreneurial pursuits, and navigating life at MIT.

Sign up to gain access to a community of alumni who are eager to share their advice at https://alumniadvisors.mit.edu/.

Find an advisor today!


To safeguard the health and well-being of our entire community, all recruiting activities, including career fairs, will adopt a virtual format. Information on this page will be updated regularly.

MIT has a diverse range of career fairs, only a few of which are run by Career Advising & Professional Development. Others are managed by student organizations or academic departments. MIT students are also welcome at some fairs hosted by companies, professional organizations, and other universities.

To get the most of your career fair experience, see our Tips for Career Fair Success. You can also view the CAPD events calendar for career fair workshops.

Find out more about career fairs at MIT.


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! www.geniusmesh.com

Please contact Neerja directly at Neerja [at] geniusmesh.com (Neerja[at]geniusmesh[dot]com) 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 oge.mit.edu/finances     


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

The CAPD Event calendar can be found here. 

Sign up for the Graduate Student Career Advising mailing list 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 (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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