Non-OPF Events & Announcements

- Non-OPF Announcements & External Events -
This page is used to advertise non-OPF Events and Announcements that may be of interest to our community. Please contact us if you wish to have an announcement or event posted here.

BPDA Panel on Fellowship (NIH K99/R00) Writing | November 25th, Broad Institute (6:30pm). The BPDA is hosting an open discussion on fellowship writing, with particular focus on the NIH K99/R00. We are excited to feature a panel of early-career researchers who have recently received K99 awards. They will share their fellowship-writing experience, including tips for preparing to apply and approaching the various sections of the application.
The event will take place on November 25th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Broad institute auditorium (415 Main St, Cambridge)
Register on Eventbrite Here.

Current Topics in Bioinformatics series - "Making your data analysis reproducible"
When: Friday, November 15th at 1pm - 4pm
Where:  HSPH, Kresge Building, room G2 (downstairs from the cafeteria) 
In this workshop we will be joined by Julie Goldman who will provide us with guidance on the best practices for Research Data Management, including how to establish a plan to ensure data is organized, can be shared with collaborators, is reproducible, and is archived for long term preservation.  
This is a free workshop available to all Harvard affiliates with no registration required, but seating will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. There are no pre-requisites for this workshop.
Please plan to arrive early, since spots are limited to the number of seats in the room, and seating is first-come-first-served. 
As always, we will be happy to answer any questions; you can reach us at

HMS/DICP 2020 Diversity Awards | Deadline Extended: December 6th | Nominate Online
Nomination Form HERE | Nomination Questions HERE
Eligibility for Awards:
The Sharon P. Clayborne Staff Diversity Award nominees must be staff who work directly for HMS or HSDM and must receive a Harvard paycheck. Self nominations are accepted.
The Harold Amos Faculty Award nominees must be faculty (Lecturer through Professor) who are in a clinical, pre-clinical, research, or administrative area, and who must be based at HMS/HSDM or an HMS-affiliated hospital or institution. Self nominations are accepted.

Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core (HBC) Community Breakfast - Wednesday, November 20th from 9:00 - 10:30am. 
Come join us for breakfast and good conversation! 
These breakfasts provide the opportunity to:
- Learn about bioinformatics training opportunities and community resources available
- Discuss bioinformatics-related questions
- Help foster a local bioinformatics community
- Get to know the HBC analysts and trainers, in addition to members from other facilities associated with bioinformatics research (in one way or another), including the Single Cell Core, HMS Research Computing, and BCH Research Computing
There is no registration for this event, just show up! We plan to have (brief) introductions at 9:30 AM, but other than that the time is yours to mingle and meet others in  the LMA bioinformatics community. We welcome anyone with bioinformatics questions or just an interest in bioinformatics to attend, in addition to other bioinformaticians looking for a community. 
Details for this month’s breakfast:
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 20th at 9 AM
Location: HMS’ Jeffrey Modell Center for Immunology**, Room 100A 
**Detailed directions to Modell Center: Enter Armenise from HMS Quad, then turn left at the security desk. The Modell center will be to the right as you walk down the hallway, follow the signs to it.
More information about these breakfast events can be found at

Spring 2020 IMPACT program | Apply by Dec 16, 2019
Are you a trainee doing research in biomedicine in the Boston area? - Apply for a position in the Spring 2020 IMPACT program (this program is supplemental to your current position)
Group mentoring, 1:1 advising, and community engagement will help you: 
- Gain a broader perspective on your research and careerHeighten the potential of your research to achieve impact
- Identify actionable opportunities to strengthen your work’s focus
- Express your research mission with clarity and power to attract collaborators and support
- Expand your professional network for lasting, valuable relationships
Please see attached flyer for more details, and our website at 
See a short video about the program on our “About” page at 
The application form can be accessed at 
Applications are due Dec 16, 2019 | Questions: Email

2020 Fellowship (January – June) | 5AM Ventures, Boston office | Apply by November 15, 2019
5AM Ventures is an early-stage biotech venture firm leveraging both venture creation (building biotech companies from scratch) and venture capital (leading syndicated venture capital deals) to bring new medicines to patients. Founded in 2002, the 5AM team takes a focused, hands-on approach to partnering with entrepreneurs. In addition to leading investments and contributing as board members of its portfolio companies, 5AM is directly involved in company strategy, management recruiting, business development and fundraising and often takes short-term operating roles. 5AM’s 4:59 initiative canvasses areas for science that may be ripe for building new companies. 5AM Ventures has offices in San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA, and approximately $1.5B under management.
The 5AM Ventures Fellowship provides an exclusive opportunity to gain experience in both venture creation and venture capital.
We are seeking a Fellow who can assist the 4:59 and 5AM teams with
1) reviewing new insights in prioritized areas of science to craft an investment thesis,
2) supporting scientific detailed diligence (e.g. research and talking to academics, KOLs), and
3) supporting new company formation activities with a focus on the scientific strategy.
Time commitment will be 20+ hours/ week, for 6 months. The firm is looking for an individual with strong scientific or medical background (MD and/or PhD) e.g. Postdocs, medical residents, or fellows.
To apply, please send an email with subject line “Boston Fellowship Application”, including your C.V., to, by November 15th.

2020 Biomedical Student Science Careers Student Conference | Friday, April 3 & Saturday, April 4, 2020 | The Westin Copley Place | Boston, MA
The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) is asking for your help in identifying 1) underrepresented minority postdocs (research and clinical); 2) medical, dental and graduate students; 3) post-baccalaureates; 4) college and community college students; and 4) high school seniors and juniors (particularly African-American, Hispanic/Latino or American Indian/Alaska Native students) who would benefit the most from attending the conference.  Student participants should be seriously interested in or currently studying medicine, biomedical science or other science-related fields, such as chemistry, physics, biology, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, biotechnology, physical therapy, public health, allied health or environmental science.
The aim of the Conference is to provide students/fellows with an opportunity to network with advisors/role models from the basic and clinical sciences, medicine, public health, academia and the biopharmaceutical industry.  These advisors/role models will encourage students/fellows to complete advanced studies and provide concrete advice and information on available resources, professional opportunities and career paths in biomedical science and other science-related fields.  The Conference also enables student/fellow participants to meet, inspire and network with one another.  Additionally, each Conference offers breakout and plenary sessions, and a program featuring science resources, including internships, summer programs and after-school activities.  Please see attached flyer for more information.
There is no fee to attend, but completion of a four-page application is required. Application Deadline: February 4, 2020. High school students application dealine: December 12, 2019. Please share the attached flyer with eligible students. Interested students should contact Hollie DeSilva at to request an application.


Fall 2019 Lecture Series | Quantitative Imaging: From Acquisition to Analysis Lecture Series (QI@HMS) | Wednesdays at 10:30am | Warren Alpert Building | Room 563 | HMS Quad
The NIC is offering a lecture series based on the CSHL quantitative imaging course we teach annually. Over the course of the 2019/20 academic year, we'll present lectures pulled from our CSHL curriculum, covering quantitative imaging from the basics to advanced techniques. Find more information at the lecture series website.
The NIC's own Jennifer Waters and Talley Lambert will present lectures on image acquisition, and Hunter Elliott (Director of Machine Learning Research at PathAI) will present lectures on image analysis.
The lecture series is free and open to anyone with a Harvard ID. No registration is necessary, and you don't need to attend all the lectures, but keep in mind that the lectures will start with the basics and build on one another.
Dates are set for the first 6 lectures. A full lecture list is on the series website HERE.
To received updates about this lecture series, join their microscopy education listserv HERE.

  • October 23 | Koehler Illumination & Image Formation | Jennifer Waters
  • October 30 | Phase, Darkfield & DIC Microscopy | Jennifer Waters
  • November 6 | Fluorescence Microscopy | Jennifer Waters
  • November 13 | Digital Imaging: Cameras | Talley Lambert

Accelerator Course | Commercializing Technology: New Venture Creation for Life Scientists | Saturdays 10/12-12/07 | 12-2:30 pm | Karp 6 Conference Room 04-201 | 1 Blackfan Circle
Description: This experiential learning course introduces participants to the foundational entrepreneurial and business concepts needed to transfer technologies from ideation to a viable commercial business opportunity.
Specifically, this intensive 8-week accelerator course takes participants, working in teams, through the entire product development and commercialization process. Through the course participants will apply course concepts toward ideating, building, and culminating in the presentation of a novel start-up company to a panel of experts in the space. Course participants will build transferable skills in areas ranging from communication, leadership, team building, ideation, and the process of testing and validate potential market-ready business opportunities. Further, participants will gain exposure to the vibrant start-up ecosystem of the greater Boston area (and beyond) through guest speakers and project mentors.
Instructor: Steven Munevar, PhD, MBA – Dr. Munevar is a multidisciplinary professional and founder of the life science technology development and commercialization firm, Munevar & Associates, Inc. He is an avid supporter of the entrepreneurial space serving as a regularly invited mentor and speaker to programs such as the New Science Symposium, the OneStart Healthcare Accelerator, and is the founder of the ongoing event and networking series, Science Shaping Our World-SHOW. Dr. Munevar is also the founder of the non-profit virtual research incubator the Helix Bioscience Institute-HBI as well as serving as an advisor to various companies and boards. REGISTER HERE. (Please note class will not be held the weekend of Thanksgiving)

Career Fairs | Office of Career Services (OCS)
Biotech Pharma and Healthcare Fair Jan 31

Call for Proposals | Translational Biomedical Research | Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator at Harvard University
DEADLINES: September 16, 2019 for January 2020 Funding | December 20, 2019 for July 2020 Funding | Full RFP HERE
The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator has issued a new call for proposals for funding beginning in January 2020 (up to $100K) or July 2020 ($100K - $300K). The first deadline is September 16, 2019. While postdocs and grad students are not independently eligible to apply, they should speak with their PIs about doing so.
The Accelerator seeks to support innovative, investigator-initiated research aimed at developing preliminary observations into robust intellectual property positions. The Accelerator is designed to accommodate projects of varying magnitude, as appropriate, and its primary goal is to advance technologies to the point where additional funding from industry and/or technology transfer is achieved. There are two application cycles per year; one cycle accepts Pilot Grant applications only, while the other accepts Pilot and Development Grant applications.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital | Postdoctoral Association | Literature in Research Survey
Survey on the scientific reading habits of HMS postdocs. Available HERE.

2019 National Postdoctoral Survey
The 2019 National Postdoctoral Survey (IRB protocol # IRB15-1724, University of Chicago) was conceived and developed by postdocs in order to identify important issues within the national postdoctoral community, and is a follow-up to the 2016 National Postdoc Survey published by McConnell et al. The results of this survey will provide critical data to help inform and equip those who advocate for policy on behalf of postdocs everywhere. All postdoctoral researchers are invited to participate regardless of academic field or discipline. All answers are completely anonymous, and the survey will take roughly 20 minutes to complete. More info here.

HMS Teaches at Emmanuel
We are happy to announce a new collaboration between Emmanuel College and HMS that will give HMS postdocs the opportunity to gain teaching experience in an undergraduate setting.  Emmanuel College is a liberal arts college located down the street a couple blocks from the HMS quad, so this will be a convenient opportunity for anyone interested in teaching.  Emmanuel College has teaching needs each semester for many undergraduate science courses, and as part of this collaboration, HMS postdocs will be able to apply early for these positions. We look forward to the success of this exciting new collaboration and the opportunities it will provide the HMS community. 
A list of Fall 2019 course for which they are seeking instructors is attached.
Please fill out the survey below if you are interested in participating. By signing up, postdocs will continue to receive announcements about teaching opportunities each semester.

Bioinformatics Club, formed in July 2017, aims to provide a weekly meetup for those who like bioinformatics to learn and share knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary field. We focus on three categories of topics: Statistics & Artificial Intelligence, Tools & Resources, and Data Visualization & Presentation. Each time a short talk (30-45min) for a specific topic will be given by a speaker, with a step-by-step tutorial and practical demo. It’s open & free to everyone, incl. all slides and learning materials. However, to keep the club running, we strong recommend that every member could present at least once in the club per year.