IAP 2002 Activities by Sponsor


A Sampling of Careers in Biology
Biology Postdoc Association
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

Academia is not the only rewarding career opportunity for scientists. Here are a few of the more interesting alternatives. This series provides professional advice for undergraduate students, graduate students and post-docs who are interested in pursuing non-academic career paths. The discussions will be informal, with plenty of opportunity for discussion.
Contact: Prof. Ilaria Rebay, WI 501B, x8-6399,

Dr. Dave Chao, Akceli, Inc.
The biotech and pharmaceutical industries have transformed our ideas about doing high-powered research in the private sector. What is it like to work for a start-up? We'll address this and other related issues in this session.
Tue Jan 15, 02-03:00pm, WI Auditiorium

Consulting/Venture Capital
Dr. Jonathan Fleming, Dr. Doug Fambrough, Dr. Sasha Ebrahimi
Come to this session to learn how your scientific training can benefit you in a career in Management Consulting or Venture Capital.
Tue Jan 22, 02-03:00pm, WI Auditiorium

Patent Law
Dr. Ramon Tabtiang, Fish and Richardson
Intellectual property law is a field in which a scientific background can be very valuable. Learn about the roles scientists can play in patent law.
Wed Jan 23, 01-02:00pm, 68-121

Publishing/Science Writing
Dr. Dan Wainstock, Cell Press
If you like to write, then perhaps you've considered a career in science publishing. What is this career like, and how do you get a job in science writing and publishing?
Thu Jan 31, 05-06:00pm, 68-181

Cutting-edge Technologies for Biomedical Research: Bioinformatics and Microarrays
Prof. Ilaria Rebay
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

This series will discuss cutting edge genomic-based technologies that are currently revolutionizing every aspect of biological research. There will be presentations on the latest advances in microarray technologies, including DNA, protein, and cell-based assay systems, as well as discussions of the bioinformatics being developed to analyze the vast amounts of information generated by these approaches.
Contact: Prof. Ilaria Rebay, WI 501B, x8-6399,

Cell and Drug Microarrays: New Tools to Study Gene Function in Mammalian Cells
David Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D, Whitehead Institute
Discussion of innovative genomic approaches using cell-based microarray technology.
Tue Jan 15, 12-01:30pm, WI Auditorium

Chemical Genetic Screens in Mammalian Cells
Brent Stockwell, Ph.D., Whitehead Institute
Discussion of the use of small molecule screening to identify chemical compounds that can be used to alter a protein in ways that illuminate the functionality of individual genes and the proteins they produce. In the future, this exciting technology will be used to develop new therapies for the treatment of human disease.
Thu Jan 17, 12-01:30pm, WI Auditorium

Bioinformatics of RNA Splicing
Chris Burge, Ph.D., MIT
One of the major challenges after obtaining the complete genomic sequence of an organism, whether it be a fungus or a primate, is to annotate the sequence so as to accurately identify all of the predicted gene products. Discussion of novel computational approaches to studying RNA splicing specificity and improved methods for identifying genes in eukaryotic genomes.
Tue Jan 22, 12-01:30pm, WI Auditorium

The Path Not Taken: How to Recognize Signaling Pathways in Global Protein Networks
Trey Ideker, Ph.D., Whitehead Institute
Discussion of new computational tools for building models of molecular interactions that are predictive of gene expression.
Thu Jan 24, 12-01:30pm, WI Auditorium

Hunting for Disease Genes in the Post-genomic World
Mark Daly, Whitehead Institute
Discussion of the use of genomic information in understanding how patterns of genetic variation can be used to predict disease susceptibility in human populations.
Mon Jan 28, 12-01:30pm, 68-181

Using Microarrays to Study Protein Function
Gavin MacBeath, Ph.D., Harvard University
Discussion of how small molecule, protein, and antibody based microarray technology can be used to understand protein regulation on a genomic scale.
Tue Jan 29, 12-01:30pm, 68-181

EVOLUTION: Where are We from and Where are we Going?
Penny Chisholm, Martin Polz
Tue Jan 22 thru Fri Jan 25, 02:30-05:30pm, 48-316

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Evolution is one of the the most powerful ideas emerging from science, and one of the most misunderstood. Come see the highly acclaimed PBS (WGBH/NOVA) series on evolution, which first aired in October 2001. It is an 8 hour series (to be shown in 4, 2hr blocks, 1hr discussion after viewing) covering all dimensions of this profound phenomenon: Darwin's life and revolutionary theory; the origins of diversity and the emergence of humans; extinctions - past and present. What world will we leave to our descendants?; The evolutionary arms race and human health; The origins of sex; The emergence of the modern human mind and its consequences; The struggle between science and religion; ....and much more.
Contact: Penny Chisholm, 48-425, x3-1771,

MIT Bio-Micro Center Symposium
Peter Sorger
Fri Jan 11, 09am-07:30pm, 68-180/181

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up

An all-day symposium and demonstration of MIT research at the biology and engineering interface. Talks by faculty and students will highlight new developments in biological computation, protein arraying, biomolecular electronics and systems biology.
Contact: Peter Sorger, 68-371, x2-1806,

Taking the Next Step in Academic Science
Biology Postdoc Association
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

The academic path is well laid out and a familiar one, but it is sometimes rocky. These sessions focus on the transitions we make as our careers progress and provide professional advice for undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows pursuing academic research careers. The discussions will be informal with plenty of opportunity for questions.
Contact: Prof. Ilaria Rebay, WI 501B, x8-6399,

Applying for a Junior Faculty Position
Prof. Amy Keating, Prof. Scott Wolfe, Prof. Robert Sauer
How do you stand out amongst the many applicants? Once you get an interview, how do you get a job? Junior faculty will talk about their experiences in the job search and senior faculty will discuss how search committees choose new professors.
Mon Jan 7, 12-01:00pm, 68-181

Resources to Make Your Life Easier
Education Office, Career Services, Family Resource Ctr
Representatives from the Biology Education Office, Career Services, Family Resource Center, International Scholars Office, and the Biology Post-doc Association will discuss resources available to making YOUR LIFE easier.
Wed Jan 9, 12-01:30pm, 68-181

Teaching at a Liberal Arts College
Prof. Marta Laskowski, Williams College
This session will explore how teaching at a liberal arts college differs from being a professor at a large research university.
Mon Jan 14, 02-03:00pm, WI Auditorium

RO1 Grant Writing
Prof. Ilaria Rebay, Prof. Frank Solomon
This session will present grant writing tips from successful grant writers and from those who have served on study sections.
Wed Jan 16, 02-03:00pm, WI Auditorium

Balancing Family and Science
Profs T. Baker, A. Chess, H. Tissenbaum, & L. Gregoret
Science is often more than a full-time job, and yet most of us also want to have a life outside of lab. The panel members will discuss their experiences balancing family and career.
Thu Jan 17, 02-04:00pm, 68-181

Funding Opportunities for Senior Post-docs and Junior Faculty
Prof. Troy Littleton
So you're a third year post-doc and need funding for one more year. Who is going to pay you? A junior faculty member and Whitehead Institute Research Grants and Budgets administrator will discuss your options for senior post-doc grants and bridge grants.
Fri Jan 18, 02:30-03:30pm, WI Auditorium

Writing a Postdoc Fellowship
Prof. Chris Kaiser
Once you've obtained a postdoctoral position, often you need to find your own funding. Even if you don't, having the award on your CV is a big plus. Learn how to succeed in getting your postdoctoral fellowhip funded.
Thu Jan 24, 02-03:00pm, 68-181

Thesis Writing and Choosing a Postdoc Lab
Prof. Terry Orr-Weaver
What comes at the end of graduate school? This session will present some tips on tying your project together in your doctoral thesis, and offer tips on finding a good post-doctoral research opportunity.
Tue Jan 29, 02-03:00pm, 68-181

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