Whitehead Culture

In this video, learn about Whitehead Institute's mission and values, and meet some of the researchers who are pursuing a diverse set of scientific questions in areas including cancer, regeneration and cell dynamics.

In an increasingly interconnected and complex world, collaboration is more important than ever for progress in science. By coming together, scientists can share knowledge and ideas to solve complex problems, learn new skills, and advance their careers. Researchers at Whitehead Institute recognize the importance of collaboration when taking on big challenges in science.

Whitehead Institute invests an extraordinary amount of time and energy in activities that are often described, broadly, as “mentoring.” At Whitehead Institute, that term covers a lot of ground, and it benefits quite an array of people: from some of the world’s most promising postdoctoral researchers and graduate students to local high school students and science teachers.

In honor of Women's History Month, we asked Whitehead Institute community members if they would share stories about women who have inspired them, both professionally and personally. In response, we heard about brilliant scientists, wonderful mentors, and warm friends. Here are some of their stories.

Meet Anthony (Tony) Mahowald, a former university professor and department chair, and—during a scientific career spanning nearly 70 years—a bench researcher who has explored the structure of pole cells, polar granules, and oogenesis in Drosophila. At 90 years old, Tony is still working in the lab here at Whitehead Institute.

Haley Licon is a postdoc in Whitehead Institute Member Sebastian Lourido’s lab studying how the parasite Toxoplasma gondii switches between stages during infection. We sat down with Haley to learn more about her and her experiences in and out of the lab.