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.

Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core: Introduction to the Command-Line Interface (Shell, Bash, Unix, Linux)
Dates and Times: Friday, March 6th: 9 AM – 5 PM (full day) | Where: Longwood Medical Area
Workshop description: Access to tools and computational resources for large-scale data analysis often require knowledge of the command-line interface (also referred to as Unix or Linux or bash or shell). In this 1-day hands-on workshop participants will learn the following:
- basic shell commands for navigating the file system, exploring file contents, performing basic operations, such as moving, copying, and renaming
- how to write shell scripts and use "for" loops for efficiently running the same commands on multiple files
- how to use HMS-RC's O2 cluster for high-performance computing (HPC)
Together, this knowledge is critical for researchers looking to improve efficiency when performing computational tasks and it forms the foundation needed to analyze high-throughput sequencing data.
***This workshop does not require any prior programming knowledge, but is a prerequisite for the upcoming RNA-seq workshop.***
Cost: $35 per participant.
Registration link and more details about the workshop:
Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to attend this workshop you should be at the Harvard Medical School in a lab on the Quad, with grants administered by HMS OR a researcher from a lab whose PI is associated with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) as Principal or Affiliated faculty.
Contact with any questions.

Blavatnik Fellowship 2020
Are you an entrepreneur wanting to commercialize a new biomedical technology? Whether you are currently working on a technology or are searching for the right opportunity, come spend a year building a venture. Since 2013, 25 Blavatnik Fellows have been accepted into the program, started 21 companies, and have collectively raised more than $250M in funding. Fellows are provided with an operating budget, salary and benefits, mentorship from the Blavatnik Entrepreneurship Network, and working space in the Harvard Innovation lab ecosystem to launch their science-based businesses. To be considered for the 7th cohort and join a community of entrepreneurs shaping the future of science, please submit your application by March 13th. To get more program information, learn about Fellows' stories and their ventures, and to get an application, please go to
Blavatnik Fellowship Admissions Cycle for 2020:
March 13: Applications due | April 8: Interviews | April 30: Notifications | July 1: Start Date
Meet current and alumni Blavatnik Fellows to learn more about joining this unique community of entrepreneurs shaping the future of science.
Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science - Meet and GreetDate: Tuesday, March 3rd | Time: 4:30-6:00 PM | Location: Spangler Grille Game Room, HBS, Alston

Harvard Catalyst’s Maximizing Mentee-Mentor Relationships: Empowering the Mentee course. This two-day course will focus on the perspective of the mentee.Maximizing Mentee-Mentor Relationships: Empowering the Mentee
May 20-21, 2020 | Simmons University School of Management
Apply by February 27th!
This course is tuition-free for Harvard-affiliated institutions. For more information and a detailed description of the course, please visit

Harvard Catalyst Course - "Understanding Biomarker Science" - May 4-7, 2020
This course takes a more comprehensive look at biomarkers in translational research addressing the entire spectrum from discovery to evaluation and commercialization.Application closes March 13, 2020
This course is tuition-free for Harvard-affiliated institutions.
For more information and a detailed description of this course, please visit


The HMS Curriculum Fellows Program Teaching 101 course, "Bringing Effective Teaching Practices to Your Classroom." The class will meet once per week from 2/12-4/15. This course is designed to give students guidance and opportunities to develop the skills of evidence-based effective teaching, focusing on objective-oriented lesson design and delivery.
The class is intentionally designed to be appropriate for people interested in teaching in undergrad, grad, K-12, or informal/outreach education contexts. We've also added some content this year on strategies for pursuing careers that include teaching (for example, translating course concepts into Teaching Statements). See attached syllabus for more details.
Sign ups are open now, and all are welcome. Students should register on my.harvard, and postdocs/others should contact the course instructors directly (,

Registration is now open for The 5th Annual CTSA Regional Shared Mentoring Symposium. This half day event is geared towards fellows and junior factory who are in the early stages of their careers and are interested in exploring mentorship and career development. We appreciate all of your efforts to promote this course to your academic and professional community.
CTSA Regional Shared Mentoring Symposium | January 31, 2020 | 8:00am – 12:00pm | Tufts University Health Sciences Campus, Boston
Apply here.
For more information and a detailed description of this event, please visit:

Mentoring Undergraduates: a Workshop Certificate Series for Scientist-Mentors to the postdocs. Sessions will be held mostly in Cambridge with two sessions to be held in Longwood (dates and registration for Longwood sessions are coming soon).
Mentoring Undergraduates: Handling Challenges/Celebrating Successes/Diversity and Inclusion/Supporting Student Science Writing. Workshop Intensive II is offered on 4 separate dates (sign up for one)
Are you mentoring or planning to mentor an undergraduate in the laboratory or field? FAS Science Education offers a series of professional development workshops for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other researchers who mentor or seek to mentor undergraduate science researchers.
This second workshop intensive focuses on handling challenging situations, celebrating achievements, and supporting student science writing. Through discussion of case studies, you will learn about common mistakes in mentorship and strategies to prevent and address problems. We will also discuss ways to recognize and celebrate success of your mentees. The second part of the mentoring workshop focuses on supporting student science writing. Through examination and analysis of undergraduate writing, you will explore strategies to help you support and improve your mentees skills in writing scientific proposals and abstracts without rewriting those documents yourself.
Cambridge workshops: REGISTER for Cambridge workshops
March 6, 2020 | 9:30 am - 2:00 pm (light lunch provided) | Northwest Laboratories, 52 Oxford Street, Room 353
Harvard Medical School campus:
Friday, March 13 | 10:00am-2:30pm (pizza lunch provided) | Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall 106, 25 Shattuck Ave. | REGISTER
Workshop Facilitators:
Anna Babakhanyan, PhD, MBT, Undergraduate Science Research Advisor, Science Education, FAS Division of Science
We encourage you to attend all workshops in the series. If you attend all of the mentoring workshops, you will be recognized with a Certificate of Completion. Information about Part 1 and Part 3 can be found here:
Questions: contact Anna Babakhanyan

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.

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