Seminar Series

Our spring series starts in March! See our schedule below.
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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, an individual PhD student presents 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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  • Sailing the Seas of Alien Worlds: The fate of oceans on rocky planets alien-seas-imagePresented by Laura Schaefer Searching for life in our galaxy means first finding liquid water. Water is found throughout our Solar System in many different forms, but the Earth, because of its balmy temperatures and unique geology, is the only known planet with sailable seas. Astronomers are searching far and wide for other planets that…
  • The Cell’s DNA Construction Crew: Repairing and rebuilding the genome cell-repair-imagePresented by Thomas Graham The DNA inside one of your cells, if stretched end to end, would be about two yards long and less than 1/50,000 the width of a human hair. Your cells have been following the instructions in your DNA since you began life as a single-celled embryo, and they will continue doing…
  • The Air We Breathe: An assessment of urban air pollution urbanair-imagePresented by Jordan Wilkerson Whether we are in China or here in the United States, the air in major cities is infamous for its unpleasant haze and resulting health problems. There are many ways in which an unhealthy mixture of chemicals can make it into the atmosphere where humans live and breathe. This lecture will…
  • The Physics of Evolution: Equations shed new light on nature’s mysteries physics-of-evolutionPresented by Jeong-Mo Choi, Bryan Weinstein, and Amy Gilson Did you know that principles and equations from physics can be used to study evolution? We'll describe how physics-based models can be used to predict evolution, on the level of individual molecules and whole populations. First, Jeong-Mo will describe how scientists began to use quantitative models…
  • More Than a Messenger: The secret life of RNA secret-life-rna-imagePresented by Radhika Mathur, Ilana Kelsey, and Matt Schwartz DNA contains the information your cells need to perform their functions but if every cell in your body contains identical DNA, how can one cell become a blood cell, another a muscle cell, and even another a brain cell?! The answer lies in RNA, the dynamic…
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