Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2013-2014 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: Deciphering Disease in the Genomic Age

The publication of the draft sequence of the human genome more than thirteen years ago—and subsequent advances in genomic sequencing technologies—have helped transform the way scientists study disease and tackle fundamental biological problems.

Novel developments in computational biology have equipped scientists with the tools needed to analyze vast amounts of sequencing data to begin to unravel the many mysteries of the human genome.

Whitehead Institute’s 2013-2014 Lecture Series for High School Teachers, Deciphering Disease in the Genomic Age, will examine how today’s brightest scientific minds are exploring the inner workings of the human genome to understand its implications for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of human disease.

Kick-off session: Monday, October 7, 2013

Mapping gene traits

Yaniv Erlich, Fellow, Whitehead Institute
[presentation pdf, 13MB]

Monday, November 4, 2013

Benign or Pathogenic? Interpreting Sequence Variants in a Clinical Laboratory

Christine Patterson, Visiting Postdoctoral Associate, Lodish Lab; Associate Pathologist at the Laboratory for Molecular Medicine/Partner Healthcare
[presentation pdf, 24MB]

Monday, December 2, 2013


Rudolf Jaenisch, Member, Whitehead Institute
[presentation not available]

Monday, January 6, 2014

Personal Genetics Education Project

Dr. Marnie Gelbart, Director of Program Development and National Initiatives, Personal Genetics Education Project, Harvard Medical School
[presentation pdf, 4MB]

Monday, February 3, 2014

global control of transcription mapping

Richard Young, Member, Whitehead Institute
[presentation pdf, 2MB]

Monday, March 3, 2014

Cancer Genomes and Sequencing

Piyush Gupta, Member, Whitehead Institute
[presentation not available]

Monday, April 7, 2014

Long Noncoding RNAs

Harvey Lodish, Member, Whitehead Institute
[presentation pdf, 13MB]

Monday, MAy 5, 2014

Genetics of body size and other human traits

Joel Hirschhorn, Associate Professor of Genetics at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Senior Associate Member of the Broad Institute
[presentation not available]

Monday, June 2, 2014

Leveraging genetic sequencing and gene expression data to enable better medicines

Sarah Kolitz, Director, Translational Research, Immuneering Corporation
[presentation available on request]

Slide of neurons

These neurons arose from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that were made from the cells of a patient with Parkinson's diease. A green-stained protein highlights the neurons' structures.  DNA in the neuron's nuclei is stained blue.

Image: Maya Mitalipova/Whitehead Institute

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