"My partner this year was wonderful. It's great to get first-hand info about the process of becoming a professional scientist–as well as having an expert to ask content questions of.”

-- 2014-2015 Teacher Participant

Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2016-2017 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: Gut feelings: Your microbiome, in sickness and in health

Online registration is now closed.

The microbiome is increasingly considered an important factor in human health, as a growing number of studies associate the microbes inside our guts and on our skin with the way our bodies function.

Rapid advances in sequencing methods and techniques have enabled scientists to begin to understand precisely how these microbes can support health, cause disease, and perhaps be manipulated to improve human health.

Whitehead Institute’s 2016-2017 Lecture Series for High School Teachers, Gut feelings: Your microbiome, in sickness and in health, will explore in depth the current state of microbiome research and its potential applications in both the near and distant future.

The first seminar of the 2016-2017 season will be held on Monday, October 3, in Whitehead’s McGovern Auditorium. Each session begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. and includes a lecture and working dinner, typically ending by 6:30 pm.

We also match interested teachers with Whitehead partners—young Whitehead scientists who serve as a resource during the school year. Partners are eager to answer questions, discuss their fields of expertise, and even visit schools to meet with students. Teachers who have taken advantage of these partnerships in past years have found them to be invaluable relationships.

Participating teachers may be eligible to earn up to 27 Professional Development Points toward recertification.

For more information on the teacher program, please contact Amy Tremblay at tremblay@wi.mit.edu or 617-258-7270.

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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