Events

Whitehead Institute hosts a number of seminars, lecture series and other events. View our monthly calendar here.

Upcoming Events
September 28

A webinar featuring Whitehead Institute Member Olivia Corradin.

Oct 18

A conversation featuring Ruth Lehmann and Boston Globe Media Managing Director Linda Pizzuti Henry. 

November 16

A conversation featuring Ruth Lehmann and Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital and a member of the Whitehead Institute Board of Directors. 

November 30

A presentation by Whitehead Institute Member Robert Weinberg. 

January 18

A conversation featuring Ruth Lehmann and Jill Shah, President of the Shah Family Foundation.

Past Events
Cover slide of Juneteenth talk

In this interactive talk, Dr. Bettye Kearse explores the history and significance of Juneteenth through the lens of one family. 

Cover slide featuring Tobi Oni and Olivia Corradin

In this webinar, Whitehead Fellow Tobi Oni outlines the general principles of anti-tumor immune responses and discusses his lab's strategies to unleash an immune attack against pancreatic cancer.

Director's Dialogues logo on a slide with photos of Ruth Lehmann, Mary Gehring, Jonathan Weissman, and Jing-ke Weng.

The challenges presented by climate change are wide-ranging — and so must be science's response. In this Director’s Dialogue, which took place on May 4, 2021, three Whitehead Institute scientists, Jing-Ke Weng, Mary Gehring and Jonathan Weissman, speak with Institute Director Ruth Lehmann about exciting opportunities for leveraging fundamental biological research to create biotechnologies that address some of climate change's vexing effects.

Cover slide featuring Yukiko Yamashita and Ankur Jain

In this webinar, which took place April 8, 2021, Whitehead Institute Member Yukiko Yamashita highlights ways in which fundamental research brings novel biological processes to light, and introduces her lab’s latest discoveries on the function of satellite DNA, which has long been regarded as “genomic junk.”

Director's Dialogues logo on a slide with photos of Ruth Lehmann and Noubar Afeyan

On March 22, Whitehead Institute Director Ruth Lehmann spoke with Moderna chairman and founder and CEO of life sciences venture capital company Flagship Pioneering Noubar Afeyan about the race to create a COVID-19 vaccine, the importance of immigrants in the US, and how to find and foster path-breaking ideas.

Director's Dialogues logo on a slide with photos of Ruth Lehmann and Susan Hockfield

On February 25, 2021, Whitehead Institute Director Ruth Lehmann discussed the implications of this new age MIT President Emerita Susan Hockfield, in the first installment of our new series, Director's Dialogues. Hockfield, who was the first life scientist to lead MIT, is the author of the 2019 book, “The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution.”

Cover slide featuring Silvi Rouskin, Kipp Weiskopf and Pulin Li

In this presentation and discussion moderated by Whitehead Institute Member Pulin Li, hear what Whitehead Fellows Silvia Rouskin and Kipp Weiskopf are learning about SARS-CoV-2 — and how their research may aid in the fight against dangerous coronaviruses, now and well into the future.

Opening slide featuring photos of both Ruth Lehmann and Sangeeta Bhatia

In this talk from May 27, 2021, Whitehead Institute Director Ruth Lehmann talks to biomedical researcher, MIT professor, and biotech entrepreneur Sangeeta Bhatia. Bhatia leverages ‘tiny technologies’ of miniaturization to yield inventions such as human microlivers that model human drug metabolism and liver disease, as well as responsive nanoparticles and nanoporous materials that can be engineered to diagnose, study, and treat a variety of diseases, including cancer.