TEACHER PROGRAM: SEMINAR SERIES

Whitehead Institute’s 2017-2018 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: How Technology Drives Biology

Technology and biomedical research have had a long symbiotic relationship. Over the years, advances in our understanding of biological processes have translated into the development of new drugs, tools, and methods, which have, in turn, contributed to new scientific discoveries.

Whitehead Institute’s 2017-2018 Seminar Series for High School Teachers, How Technology Drives Biology, examined how the interplay between biology and technological innovation is accelerating breakthroughs and advancing our approach to understanding human health and disease.  


KICK-OFF SESSION: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017*

MODIFIED RED BLOOD CELLS AS NOVEL BIOTHERAPEUTICS

Harvey Lodish, Founding Member, Whitehead Institute
[presentation pdf, 4.7MB


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017

USING BRAIN ORGANOID MODELS TO STUDY DISEASE

Julien Muffat, Postdoctoral Researcher, Whitehead Institute
[presentation available on request] 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

UNLOCKING CHEMICAL SECRETS OF MARINE ORGANISMS WITH SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND THE CRYSTALLINE SPONGE METHOD

Roland Kersten, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Whitehead Institute
[presentation pdf, 3.4MB


MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018*

GENE DRIVE TECHNOLOGY

Joanna Buchthal, Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab
Jianghong “John” Min, Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab and Harvard Medical School
[tick-borne disease presentation pdf, 1.0MB
[gene drive presentation pdf, 5.2MB


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018

IMAGE-BASED PROFILING

Kyle Karhohs, Postdoctoral Associate, Carpenter Lab, Broad Institute
[presentation pdf, 6.7MB


MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018

TECHNOLOGIES TO STUDY DEVELOPMENT

Dexter Jin, Graduate Student, Whitehead Institute and MIT
[presentation not available] 


MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018

USING MINIATURIZED NEURAL DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEMS TO TREAT NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

Canan Dagdeviren, MIT Media Lab
[presentation pdf, 28.7MB


MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018

VISIT TO LABCENTRAL|CAMBRIDGE, MA

A first-of-its-kind shared laboratory space designed as a launchpad for high-potential life-sciences and biotech startups.


MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018

ENGINEERING THE GUT MICROBIOME TO IMPROVE HUMAN HEALTH

Brantley Hall, Postdoctoral fellow, The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital



*Please note date change. The remainder of the sessions will be held the first Monday of each month with the exception of January, which will be held on the second Monday, January 8, 2018.

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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