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IAP 2018 Activities by Sponsor - Biology

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Biology at Transformative Frontiers

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Seminar series with 4 guest lecturers and 4 talks.

Sponsor(s): Biology
Contact: Jing-Ke Weng, WI-361C, 617-324-4921,

Reading and Writing DNA

Add to Calendar Jan/24 Wed 01:30PM-02:30PM 32-123

1st talk in the series

"Reading and writing DNA, Organs and Ecosystems"

George M. Church - Professor of Genetics

Session Title TBD

Add to Calendar Jan/30 Tue 01:00PM-02:00PM 76-156

2nd talk in the series

"RNA as medicine"


Melissa Moore - Chief Scientific Officer, mRNA Research Platform

Session Title TBD

Add to Calendar Feb/01 Thu 02:00PM-03:00PM 32-123

3rd talk in the series

"Targeted Protein Degradation for Fast Biology"

Jay Bradner, MD - President of Novartis


Add to Calendar Feb/04 Sun 02:00PM-03:00PM 76-156, This talk is scheduled for Friday, Feb 9th

4th talk in the series

This talk is outside of IAP dates, but part of our IAP talk series.

This will be Friday, February 9th from 2pm-3pm in 76-156.


Patrick O. Brown - CEO and Founder

Finding gene info & more: a tour of the NCBI "omics" network

Courtney Crummett, Biosciences Librarian, MIT Libraries

Add to Calendar Jan/18 Thu 04:00PM-05:00PM 14N-132

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) family of databases are filled with information for molecular level bioscience research. Class attendees will learn about the organization and interconnectedness of NCBI databases while focusing on several NCBI specific databases. The session is a hands-on practicum and an excellent starting point for people who are new to or curious about bioinformatics research tools. 

Register here:


Sponsor(s): Biology, Libraries
Contact: Courtney Crummett, 14S-134, 617 324-8290, CRUMMETT@MIT.EDU

Sampling of Careers in Biology

Biology Department & Biology Graduate Students

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: none

This program will cover five career paths for Biology PhDs.

Sponsor(s): Biology
Contact: Jing-Ke Weng, WI-361C, 617-324-4921,

New Models for Science Communication

Add to Calendar Jan/11 Thu 01:00PM-02:30PM 68-181

Innovative science needs innovative communication. Come join the discussion on how science communication shapes the way scientists find and share new discoveries, the ways that new platforms are broadening audiences of your research, and the responsibilities that come with spreading ¿world-changing¿ discoveries.

Richard Sever - Co-founder, Eric Boodman - Reporter, Megan Talkington - Senior Science Writer, Vivian Siegel - Director of Communications, MIT Biology, Yarden Katz - Fellow, Departmental Fellow in Systems Biology

Panel on Careers in Science Policy

Add to Calendar Jan/16 Tue 01:30PM-02:30PM 68-181

We have a diverse set of panelists spanning a range of careers in science policy to illustrate the challenges that arise at the intersection of areas such as research, biotechnology, and ethics with policy. Join us to hear about what a career in science policy entails, and to learn about how our panelists made the transition from the bench to where they are today.

Dan Pomeroy - PhD, Managing Director and Senior Policy Advisor, Hannah Lewis-Rosenblum - Entomological Identifier/Plant Health Safeguarding, Larisa Rudenko - PhD, DABT, Senior Advisor for Biotechnology, Sheldon Krimsky - Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning

Careers in Biotechnology

Add to Calendar Jan/17 Wed 01:00PM-02:30PM 68-181

Learn about the opportunities and challenges of working in the fast-paced and rapidly developing field of Research and Development in biotechnology. Thought leaders from the biotech industry will share their experiences and guidance for those interested in entering the field.

Dr. Daniel Grenfell-Lee - Site Leader and Director Biotech Fermentation & DSP, Dr. Ryan Philippe - Director of Innovation, Dr. Janice Lee - Scientist, Dr. Michele Maxwell - Principal Scientist, Translational Research

Career panel on Consulting & Investment

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 01:30PM-03:00PM 68-181

Panelists represent a cross section of the consulting & investment industry in healthcare. The panel would give you a good sense about the breadth of opportunities in the consulting and investment world, and how one can transition into these careers after school. The panelists also represent a good example of how much fluidity there is between these career options.

Seamus Levine-Wilkinson - Manager, Maria Denslow - Healthcare Lead Knowledge Analyst, Jason Ruth - Associate, Burt Adelman - Senior Advisor

Perspectives on Entrepreneurship

Add to Calendar Jan/26 Fri 01:00PM-02:00PM 56-154

What does it take to translate an idea from bench to business? Hear from founders of successful biotech start-ups, both non-profit and for-profit, about the paths they took to build their organizations, and from a Flagship Pioneering associate about how these teams are discovered and developed in the fast-moving world of venture capital.

Melina Fan - Co-founder and Director of Scientific Outreach, James Wilson - CEO, Diana Bernstein - Associate, Daniel J. Mandell - CEO

The Next Step in Academic Science

Prof. Jing-Ke Weng, Assistant Professor of Biology

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

MIT Biology presents a selection of talks on the practice of science, naviagating academia, and balancing it all with a life outside the lab.

Sponsor(s): Biology
Contact: Jing-Ke Weng, WI-361C, 617-324-4921,

Alternative Careers in Academia

Add to Calendar Jan/12 Fri 01:00PM-02:30PM McGovern Auditorium

We have invited speakers who have launched successful & rewarding careers after being trained as biologists. 

McGovern Auditorium, Whitehead Institute


Dr. Mary Ellen Wiltrout - Lecturer/MITxCurriculum Development Specialist for Biology, Dr. Jiaying Tan - Senior Scientific Editor, Dr. Priya Budde - Senior Corporation & Foundation Relations Officer, Dr. Kateryna Kozyrytska - Field Marketing Manager

Finding and Managing a Faculty Position

Add to Calendar Jan/18 Thu 12:00PM-01:30PM McGovern Auditorium

When considering applying to faculty positions, how targeted should your search be? How can you tell a good fit from a bad one? How can you get your application to the YES pile? How should you prepare for the interview? What are the most important steps after you have accepted a faculty position? Come hear the perspectives of recently hired professors at MIT.

 McGovern Auditorium, Whitehead Institute

Michael Birnbaum - Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering, Eliezer Calo - Assistant Professor of Biology, Rebecca Lamason - Assistant Professor of Biology, Stefani Spranger - Assistant Professor of Biology

Leadership -Lessons academics ....

Add to Calendar Jan/29 Mon 12:00PM-01:30PM 68-181

Leadership - Lessons academics could learn from business schools

Do you aim to lead a creative, scientific or engineering team in the near future but do not quite know where to start? Come to hear the advice from leadership and mentoring experts on DO and DON¿Ts for successful team leadership.

Teresa M. Amabile - Professor of Business Administration, Carl M. Cohen - President, Ann Herrmann-Nehdi - CEO, Charles E. Leiserson - Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, John Olson - Director, Genetic Validation

Aligning Assessments to Course Goals:

Add to Calendar Jan/31 Wed 02:00PM-04:00PM 68-181

Aligning Assessments to Course Goals:  An Interactive Workshop

A vital first step to becoming an effective and efficient instructor is knowing what you want your students to learn, & how to measure their achievement. During this interactive workshop, participants will work with their own course materials to define learning goals & objectives & design effective assignments. 

Darcy G. Gordon - MITx Biology Digital Learning Lab Fellows, Swati B. Carr - MITx Biology Digital Learning Lab Fellows

Perspectives in Academic Science

Add to Calendar Feb/04 Sun 01:00PM-02:30PM 68-181, This is actually on Friday, February 16th

Join four distinguished faculty as they discuss their perspectives on how science has changed over the course of their careers. Whether you are an undergrad considering science, a grad student or postdoc finding your way in academia, or a young professor looking to build a legacy, come hear and discuss about the past, present, and future of this joint venture we call academic science.

Phillip A. Sharp - Institute Professor, JoAnne Stubbe - Novartis Professor of Chemistry and Biology, Joan Brugge - Louise Foote Pfeiffer Professor of Cell Biology, Frank Solomon - Professor of Biology