Upcoming HSCI Events
Feb. 8 - Mar. 8
This ten-day, in-depth course will present theoretical and practical concepts related to Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data analysis, enabling participants to perform these analyses independently. The course requires a commitment of two full days per week.
LAST CHANCE TO APPLY
Application deadline:
Wednesday, Nov. 25
Find application instructions here
Upcoming Community Events
Harvard i-lab
Monday, Nov 30
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Register here.

To learn about more lectures, retreats, symposia, etc. taking place in the HSCI community, please visit our event calendar here 
 Funding Opportunities
Postdoctoral and professional positions are available in the following HSCI and HSCI-affiliated labs:
 
Isacson Lab at McLean Hospital
Isacson Lab at McLean Hospital
Langenau Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital  
Karp Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Merkle Lab at University of Cambridge, UK  
Rubin Lab at Harvard University 
Rubin Lab at Harvard University
Shah Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School 
Turka Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital

The following opportunities are available to postdocs:

Application deadline: 
January 29, 2016
HIP Mentorship
If you would like to be a HIP Mentor, please apply here
Application deadline:
Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
People News
Anna Mandinova, MD, PhD, from Massachusetts General Hospital, joins HSCI as Affiliate Faculty. 

Doug Melton, PhD, is recognized with a Global Achievement Award from Joslin Diabetes Center.

Amy Wagers, PhD, is named aRising Star in Aging Researchfrom the American Federation for Aging Research. 

Stuart Orkin, MD, receives a Boston Children's Hospital Lifetime Impact Award.

Carla Kim, PhD, is honored with the Lung Cancer Research Foundation's Award for Distinguished Research in Lung Cancer.

Olivia Weeks, a Harvard Medical School student in Wolfram Goessling's lab, receives the 2015 Sternlicht Director's Fund Award.

If you would like to share your achievements, awards, or research with the HSCI community, please email hannah_robbins@harvard.edu
New Program's Inaugural Event
George Murphy, MD, moderates a speaker panel at the Inaugural HSCI Skin Program Symposium. 
HSCI's newest disease program, the Skin Program, officially launched with the Inaugural HSCI Skin Program Symposium on November 12, 2015.  Hosted by program co-leaders, Markus Frank, MD, and George Murphy, MD, the daylong symposium included world-renowned hair, skin, eye, and stem cell researchers.
 
Kicking off the event, keynote speaker Rudolf Jaenisch, MD, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology talked about stem cell plasticity. Other speakers addressed a variety of topics concerning epithelial tissue, including tumor heterogeneity, epithelial stem cell homeostasis, the hair follicle niche, androgenic alopecia, immunoregulatory stem cells, and organ development and regeneration. Speakers included HSCI's Markus Frank, MD; Ya-Chieh Hsu, PhD; and Natasha Frank, MD, among others. The event ended with a panel discussion.
 
The following day, speakers and audience members alike gathered for an open forum to discuss potential directions and goals for the nascent Skin Program. Frank and Murphy will synthesize the suggestions and present a program plan to the HSCI Executive Committee next month.
Research and Reviews
  • Arlotta Lab: Mature excitatory projection neurons retain the ability to reprogram class-specific features in vivo, and reprogramming of these neurons could represent a novel substrate for plasticity. (Trends in neurosciences paper)
  • Meissner Lab: qPCR enables faster, more quantitative assessments of functional pluripotency, which the researchers used to revise an assay called ScoreCard. (Nature Biotechnology paper)
  • Slack Lab: A summary of the information presented at the 2015 Keystone Symposium on "MicroRNAs and Noncoding RNAs in Cancer." (Cancer Research review)
HIP Mentor Spotlight
Matrix spoke to Amar Sahay, PhD, a HIP mentor for four years running, and his three postdocs who work closely with summer interns in his lab.
 

For ten weeks every summer, talented undergraduates from Harvard College and all over the world are invited to work in various HSCI faculty members' labs as part of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program (HIP). Before Thanksgiving break, Matrix visited Massachusetts General Hospital to speak with Amar Sahay, PhD, and three of his postdoctoral fellows - Kathleen McAvoy, Nannan Guo, and Antoine Besnard, each of whom directly mentored at least one HIPster (as we affectionately call the interns).  Read more to see why PIs should complete a mentor application for this summer's program.