Seminar Series

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We host interactive lectures in the spring and fall. Our spring seminars are in Cambridge on Harvard’s main campus, and our fall seminars are in Boston at Harvard Medical School. During our fall lectures, teams of three PhD students present current information and ongoing research on a given topic at each lecture, pausing for questions throughout. In our spring seminar series (2012), an individual PhD student will present his or her recent work, going into detail about the experiments that led to new conclusions. Our seminars are open to audience members of any age, though a high school level of science education would be beneficial.

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  • Fat vs. Sugar: The culture of American dieting fatsugardiet-imagePresented by Katherine Richeson, Mary Gearing, and Abbe Clark Nutrition is currently one of the most popular science topics in mainstream media, as it is intimately tied to lifestyle, health and personal appearance. However, this popularity has led to a proliferation of inaccurate and sensationalized information. Our aim with this lecture is to provide the…
  • Forever Young: How long can humans live? foreveryoung-imagePresented by Michael Schultz, Tyler Huycke, and Ryoji Amamato Imagine a future where you can take a pill that halts the aging process, and if your organs do wear down, they can be replaced like car parts; a future where you can expect to stay healthy well past your first century of life. Our lecture…
  • Our Universe’s Story: Cosmos from chaos cosmosfromchaos-imagePresented by Stephen Portillo, Zachary Slepian, and Kate Alexander As the result of observational and theoretical breakthroughs starting in the twentieth century, the cosmology of the Big Bang Theory was established. A crucial part of this captivating story is explaining how, from the violence and chaos of the Big Bang, organized structures like our own…
  • Inputs and Outputs: How the brain allows us to interact with the world inputsoutputsbrain-imagePresented by Laura Driscoll and Shay Neufeld The simplest way to think about the brain is as a platform through which we can interact with the world. Highly specialized sensory structures in our peripheral nervous system detect information in our environment and send these sensory signals to the “information hub” of our bodies, the brain.…
  • The (Internal) War on Cancer: Using the immune system to fight tumors The (Internal) War on CancerPresented by Jernej Godec, Ezana Demissie, and Vikram Juneja The immune system has evolved to recognize foreign invaders into our bodies, such as bacteria and viruses. In a similar fashion, it is able to recognize when healthy cells transform into cancer cells, and attempts to clear them. When patients come to the clinic with a…
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Wednesdays 7-9pm
Pfizer Hall, Harvard University
Cambridge campus
12 Oxford St, Cambridge MA

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Apr 23
More Than Food: Exploring human milk as medicine

May 7
In the Loop with Poop: Intestinal microbes in health and immunity

May 21
Exploring Planets Near and Far

June 4
Investigating Symbiosis in Carnivorous Pitcher Plants

June 18
Small Brains, Big Ideas: The value of model organisms to science