Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2014-2015 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: The Science behind Biotech Breakthroughs

Often lost in the headlines heralding many of biotechnology’s most storied successes is the pivotal fundamental research enabling such breakthroughs.

In little more than 40 years, advances in our understanding of biological processes have translated to the development of drugs and technologies that are helping us battle disease, create a more sustainable environment, and live longer, healthier lives.

Whitehead Institute’s 2014-2015 Lecture Series for High School Teachers, The Science behind Biotech Breakthroughs, examined how today’s researchers are employing novel approaches to drive advances in biotechnology that are transforming the medical and scientific landscapes.


Kick-off session: Monday, October 6, 2014

Developing Drugs and Building Companies to Treat Rare Diseases

Harvey Lodish, Member, Whitehead Institute
[presentation pdf, 4MB]


Monday, November 3, 2014

Engineering Bacteria to Improve Human Health and Productivity

Jennifer Brophy, Voigt Lab, Synthetic Biology Center at MIT
presentation not available


Monday, December 1, 2014

How to Make a Scientist

Brian Teague, Weiss Lab, Synthetic Biology Center at MIT
[presentation pdf, 10.8MB]


Monday, January 5, 2015

Nanotechnology and Tissue Engineering

Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT
[presentation pdf, 5.5MB]


Monday, February 2, 2015

Canceled due to inclement weather


Monday, March 9, 2015

Why small molecules can change the world in big ways

Jing-Ke Weng, Member, Whitehead Institute
[presentation pdf, 6.2MB]


Monday, April 6, 2015

Using sortase tagging to enhance a broad range of immunotherapies

Hidde Ploegh, Member, Whitehead Institute
presentation not available


Monday, MAy 4, 2015

Visit to Lab Central, Cambridge, MA


Monday, June 1, 2015

Entering the CRISPR-Cas9 Era

Yangzhong Tang, Functional Genomics Platform Manager, Sabatini Lab, Whitehead Institute
[presentation pdf, 4.1MB]


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.

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