Alumni Panel: Broad Trainees Now Working in Academia, Wednesday, April 10

You’re invited to a panel discussion with former postdoctoral Broadies now established in academia.  Bring your questions about what the transition was like, why they opted to go into academia instead of industry, and how they leveraged their connections with the Broad Institute to get to their current academic position.

This event will take place on Wednesday, April 10, in the Monadnock Room (7CC, 2nd Floor) from 12:00-1:30 PM.

The event is open to all Broad-affiliated trainees and lunch will be served. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to

Panelist Biographies

Benjamin Ebert, MD, PhD

Dr. Ebert is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, co-Director of the Cancer Program at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and an Associate Member at the Broad Institute. He received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a doctorate from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute before pursuing postdoctoral research at the Broad Institute. His laboratory is based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and focuses on the molecular basis and treatment of hematologic malignancies, with a particular focus on myelodysplastic syndromes.

Melanie P. Leussis, PhD

Melanie P. Leussis is an assistant professor of psychology at Emmanuel College.  She joined Emmanuel College after a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral neurogenetics in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and in the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at The Broad Institute, and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in developmental neuropharmacology at McLean Hospital.  Dr. Leussis holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University, respectively, and a Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience from Boston College.  Her current research focus is on animal models of psychiatric disease.

Steven McCarroll, PhD

Steve McCarroll is a professor in the Genetics Department of Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of Genetics at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute. Steve was a Ph.D. student in Cori Bargmann’s lab (genetics and neuroscience in C. elegans) at U.C. San Francisco, then a postdoc in David Altshuler’s lab (human genetic polymorphism and the genetic basis of complex phenotypes) at MGH and the Broad Institute.

Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD

Dr. Kiran Musunuru is Assistant Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University and Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Musunuru received his M.D. degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, his Ph.D. degree from The Rockefeller University, and his M.P.H. degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Cardiovascular Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by postdoctoral work at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Musunuru’s current research focuses on the genetics of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.