Postdoc/Grad Student Seminar Series, May 22

You’re invited to the next Postdoc/Grad Student Seminar Series:

Thursday, May 22
Olympus Room
5:00-6:00 PM


Angela Brooks, Meyerson Lab/Cancer Program
“The landscape of RNA splicing alterations in human cancers”

Rachel Sealfon, Sabeti Lab
“Identifying regions under unusual evolutionary constraint in Lassa virus”

This seminar is open to the Broad community and pizza will be served.

Postdoc-Grad Student Seminar Series

Broad Postdocs: You’re invited to apply for the 2014-2015 Lawrence H. Summers Fellowship

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard invites applications for its 2014-2015 Lawrence H. Summers Fellowship for research. The fellowship provides scientists of outstanding ability an opportunity to advance their scholarship at the Broad Institute. One year-long fellowship will be awarded every year, alternating between postdoctoral candidates and graduate students. The 2014-2015 award process will be reviewing applications for postdoctoral fellowships only.

The Lawrence H. Summers Fellowship was established to recognize graduate students and postdocs at the Broad Institute who best embody the characteristics of Lawrence H. Summers. These characteristics include, but are not limited to: unusual vision, extraordinary energy, and fearless intellect.

Full instructions can be found in the Summers Fellowship information letter (internal link). The basic application form can be downloaded here (internal link). July 1, 2014 is the deadline to apply. If you have questions, please send them to

Postdoc/Grad Student Seminar Series, April 24

You’re invited to the next Postdoc/Grad Student Seminar Series

Thursday, April 24
Olympus Room
5:00-6:00 PM
Andres Colubri, Sabeti Lab
“Zye: visualization of statistical associations in health data”
Jimmie Ye, Regev Lab
“The variation and genetics of human immune response”
This seminar is open to the Broad community and pizza will be served

Alumni Panel: Broad Trainees Now Working in Academia, April 28

You’re invited to a panel discussion with former postdoctoral Broadies now established in academia, April 28, 2014, 12:00-1:30 PM in the Yellowstone Room, 75 Ames.  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.

The event is open to all Broad-affiliated trainees and lunch will be served.

Benjamin Neale, PhD, assistant professor in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Richa Saxena, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Kimberly Stegmaier, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Investigator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Invitation to present at the 2014 Postdoc/Grad Student Seminar Series

We’re looking for speakers for the 2014 Postdoc/Grad Student Seminar Series and you’re invited to present!

The Postdoc/Grad Student Seminar Series is an informal research seminar by and for Broad-affiliated academic trainees. Every seminar features two speakers, and lots of pizza! The seminars are held once per month and give trainees the opportunity to give 25-minute talk followed by questions, suggestions, and brainstorming.

Benefits of giving a presentation

  • Practice your public speaking in front of a supportive group
  • Have the opportunity to have your talk videotaped for your eyes only and receive constructive feedback on your presentation technique
  • Introduce your research to a new audience
  • Receive useful feedback on your work from your peers in an informal atmosphere
  • Good karma points!

Guidelines for Presentations

Who can present?

Any Broad-affiliated academic trainee is invited to present. Past speakers have come from labs and platforms all across the Broad Institute and partner institutions.

Who attends?
The seminar is open to all Broad-affiliated postdocs and grad students.

What can you present?
The goal of the seminar is to discuss issues that are raised in a relatively brief presentation of a statistical issue or a research project. Each talk is ~25 minutes and the audience is encouraged to ask questions during presentations.

Presentations of research in different stages of development are encouraged:

  • Early stage projects in which the presenter is searching for suggestions on how to proceed.
  • Ongoing research, in which a talk provides valuable discussion for research design issues.
  • Research near completion

If interested, please email Angela Florentino ( or the NextGen Association at

Broadnext10 Junior Voices

Next summer, Broad will turn 10 years old, and we recently launched a set of “Broadnext10” activities designed to rethink all aspects of the Broad for the next decade. As part of this effort, we want you to help envision Broad’s future under the umbrella of “Broadnext10 Junior Voices.” It’s very important that many of you actively participate in shaping the next decade of the Broad by taking part in these Institute-wide conversations and making sure your voice is heard!

Broadnext10 Junior Voices will be divided into two main workstreams, echoing the overall Broadnext10 efforts:

1. Junior Voice, Scientific Frontiers: The goal of this workstream is to formulate key scientific challenges that our community should work towards solving over the next decade – with  meetings organized by programmatic focus or across groups. You will be asked to develop scientific proposals which will be incorporated into others emerging form the community-wide Scientific Frontiers process.

If you want to get involved, please enter your name and information here before Tuesday, December 24th.

Town Hall will be organized on January 14th at noon in Monadnock to explain in detail the expectations and organize the discussion groups.

2. Junior Voice, Culture and Community: An important goal for the next decade is to envision new ways to strengthen the trainee community and assist in career transitions. The Broad NextGen Association, whose core mission aligns with these goals, will be spearheading this effort. They will invite you to participate in discussions over lunch, brainstorming sessions, surveys, and forums. Stay tuned for more information to come.

If you have any questions, please email the NextGen Association at

Responsible Conduct of Research Program, January 29

You’re invited to the next segment of 2013-14’s Broad Responsible Conduct of Research on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:00-1:30 PM, Broad Auditorium, 7CC.

The topic of our discussion, Research & Human Subjects, will be led by our guest speaker, Dr. Pearl O’Rourke.

Pearl is the Director of Human Research Affairs at Partners HealthCare Systems in Boston and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. As the Director of Human Research Affairs she is responsible for the systems that support the regulatory and ethical oversight of human research and the responsible conduct of research.

Pearl has worked as a pediatric critical care physician at the Children’s Hospital, Boston and at the Children’s Hospital, University of Washington in Seattle where she was the Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In her career in Pediatric Critical Care, she was active in clinical research in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), liquid ventilation, high frequency ventilation and pediatric resuscitation. In Seattle she served many years as a member of the IRB. Pearl has also been involved in international medical care, serving in China and Indonesia with Project HOPE.

In 1995-1996, Pearl did a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellowship and worked for Senator Edward Kennedy (Democrat-MA) as a member of the Labor Committee Staff. Following this fellowship, she became the Deputy Director of the Office of Science Policy in the Office of the Director at the NIH where she worked on issues such as privacy, gene therapy (transfer) embryonic stem cells, and genetic discrimination.

Pearl is currently the Board Chairman of PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research).

This “Book Club” segment on human subject research will focus on the ethical issues found in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. A few copies of this book are still available at the Academic Affairs Office. Please stop by Room 5024 at 7CC or contact Angela Florentino if you’d like a copy of the book.

Also please RSVP as lunch will be provided!

Broad Institute Responsible Conduct in Research Training Program (“RCR”)
This Program provides a curriculum covering major areas of research integrity, a vital component for scholars conducting scientific research to carry out projects in an effective, efficient, and responsible manner. In addition to the online CITI RCR module, it is mandatory for all postdoctoral scholars whose primary appointment is at the Broad and for principal investigators (PI) with less than five years’ experience as a PI.
Questions re: Broad RCR Program, contact:

Vivian Holmes, OSR
Extension: 7132