Classes

    Algorithmic Thinking: How you should be thinking about your data

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2019

    The objective of this nanocourse is to encourage students to perform complex bioinformatic and data analysis questions in their own research with a modular and methodical approach. During the first day, students will learn what an algorithm is and be introduced to the concept of algorithmic thinking. Students will learn to take problems relevant to computational biology and craft solutions in the form of flowcharts and general pseudocode. On the second day, students will learn how to transform the flowcharts and general pseudocode into very specific pseudocode. In this second session,...

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    Single-Cell Sequencing: Experimental Design, Analysis, and Practical Applications

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2019

    Single-cell sequencing technologies allow us to study genomes and transcriptomes at the single cell level. These relatively new techniques have expanded our knowledge in a wide range of fields from microbiology to development and cancer biology. This course will provide a general introduction to both RNA and DNA-based single-cell sequencing. We will start with a broad overview of RNA-sequencing in single cells with an emphasis on current and emerging technologies. Subsequent lectures will focus on experimental design for single-cell experiments and common approaches to data analysis....

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    Optics and Light Microscopy for Life Sciences: Introduction

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2019

    Light microscopy is a key component of life science research. Many systems are available on the HMS quad to image samples from the nanometric to the macroscopic scale, whether the samples are live or fixed, fluorescent or stained.
    This nanocourse aims at refreshing the fundamentals of light and optics, explains the various components of microscopes and basic software controls in order to acquire the best image. We will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of common microscopes to help you choose the right modality for your experiments.
    In the workshop, we will dissect a...

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    Graduate TA Training in the Biomedical Sciences

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2018

    Instructs graduate student teaching assistants in the pedagogy and course management skills required to be an effective TA. The three two-hour class sessions focus on the basics of evidence based teaching practice and practical strategies for working with students and faculty. Open to all Longwood area graduate TAs assigned to a course in Fall 2018.

    NOTE: This nanocourse is required for students registering for MedSci 312qc. Those wishing to enroll in that course must discuss this with the course director or a curriculum fellow. Students...

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    From Pipette to Pen: Science Writing for General Audiences

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2018

    In the era of fake news and alternative facts, communicating science clearly and effectively to the general public is more important than ever. From tweets to Facebook posts to news articles, there are countless media through which we can bring science to people from all walks of life. This nanocourse offers the opportunity to learn the basics of science writing for general, non-academic audiences through small group discussions and interactive workshops. Additionally, this course will include a panel of expert science writers from PBS NOVA, STAT, Addgene, and more to answer questions...

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    CRISPR Gene Editing for Studying Disease Pathology and Treating Human Disease

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2018

    Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) RNAs and their CRISPR-associated (Cas) proteins are an important part of adaptive immune systems in many prokaryotes. CRISPR-Cas systems function as RNA-directed endonucleases that can target nucleic acids in a sequence-specific manner and are now widely used as genome editing tools. In this course, we will provide lectures covering: an introduction to genome editing and cutting-edge improvements to CRISPR-Cas systems; a review of bioinformatics tools for guide RNA design and analysis of CRISPR-Cas data; and an overview of...

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    Graduate TA Training in the Biomedical Sciences

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2019

     

    This course is an introduction to the skills and frameworks necessary for success as a graduate student teaching assistant (TA). After completing this 6 hour introduction, students will be able to:

    - describe core pedagogy concepts including backwards design, formative assessment, active learning, alignment, and inclusive teaching

    - identify ways these core concepts influence their work as graduate student TAs

    - demonstrate the ability to apply these concepts to their expected teaching and course-related responsibilities

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    Arduino for Biologists: Building scientific instruments using Arduino

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2019

    Director: John Assad

    Instructors: Ofer Mazor, Pavel Gorelik, Brett Graham

    Course description:

    The Arduino is a powerful and inexpensive digital microcontrollers that can be used to develop custom lab instruments. Many tasks that used to require a PC or expensive hardware can be put together with an Arduino and tens of dollars worth of parts. Developing microcontroller-based tools allows researchers to automate and scale up aspects of their research that were previously unfeasible.

    This nanocourse will cover the basics of programming an...

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    CRISPR Gene Editing for Studying Disease Pathology and Treating Human Disease

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2019

    Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) RNAs and their CRISPR-associated (Cas) proteins are an important part of adaptive immune systems in many prokaryotes. CRISPR-Cas systems function as RNA-directed endonucleases that can target nucleic acids in a sequence-specific manner and are now widely used as genome editing tools. In this course, we will provide lectures covering: an introduction to genome editing and cutting-edge improvements to CRISPR-Cas systems; a review of bioinformatics tools for guide RNA design and analysis of CRISPR-Cas data; and an overview of...

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    Pitch Deck Creation (Engage Workshop Series)

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    Course Description and Assignments

    Pitch Deck Creation is an essential skill for venture capitalists, business development professionals, etc. The ability to create and present high quality, concise and engaging pitch decks is critical for an entrepreneur seeking funding and partnerships. A great pitch balances detail with brevity in communicating the underlying biology, a company’s competitive advantage, and the relevant clinical/commercial landscape. During the first session of the course we will use case studies to cover the most important aspects of a...
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    Graduate TA Training in the Biomedical Sciences

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    This course is an introduction to the skills and frameworks necessary for success as a graduate student teaching assistant (TA). After completing this 6 hour introduction, students will be able to:

    - describe core pedagogy concepts including backwards design, formative assessment, active learning, alignment, and inclusive teaching
    - identify ways these core concepts may influence their work as graduate student TAs
    - demonstrate the ability to apply these concepts to their expected teaching and course-related responsibilities
    - identify classroom management and...

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    Deep Learning for Biomedical Image Analysis

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    Advances in the AI method of deep learning have the potential to transform how biomedical data is analyzed for research, clinical diagnosis and prognosis. This nanocourse will deliver information and allot guided practice so that anyone can apply the principles and algorithms of deep learning to process and analyze their own biomedical images. The purpose of the course is to deliver practical knowledge of deep learning for image analysis including possibilities, current limitations and challenges. Participants with and without programming experience are encouraged to attend!

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    Toxicity of Cancer Therapy - Lessons from Metabolomics

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    Course Description and Assignments
    Chemotherapy is the cornerstone of modern cancer therapy and is an effective treatment, but is often accompanied by toxicity. In this course we will discuss current chemotherapies and their drawbacks, and we will learn about cutting edge advances in cancer treatment and future goals for the field. We will focus on brain toxicity following chemotherapy, a common condition that influences...

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    Public Health 101 Series: Introduction to Public Health

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    Course Description:

    This nancourse will introduce students, researchers, and healthcare providers to Public Health as a field of research and as an approach to framing and addressing health challenges. As noted in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s mission statement, Public Health is an inherently multidisciplinary field, drawing on skills and knowledge across the biological, quantitative, and social sciences. Through...

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    General Quantitative Microscopy and Experimental Design

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2019

    Light Microscopy is currently a widespread tool for scientific discovery. Advances in this field including the development of brighter and better dyes and fluorescent proteins and techniques that go beyond the optical resolution limit have shaped the way scientist do science. Furthermore, the inherent quantitative nature of light microscopy makes it a powerful tool to solve biological problems in both live and fixed samples and really goes beyond a pretty picture.

    SESSION 1: December 3rd 2-5 pm (open to everyone) Cannon Room, Building C

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    Analyzing Genomic Research Data: Keeping the patient in mind

    Semester: 

    Summer

    Offered: 

    2020

    As researchers, it is important to keep in mind the clinical relevance of our work. In these sessions, participants will work together in small groups to analyze genomic research data utilizing publicly available online tools. This nanocourse will give participants a sense of how research is linked with the clinical aspect and how researchers can incoporate patient data into their own research. Throughout the sessions, participants will also learn about research and clinical careers that they may be interested in pursuing. 

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    Homelessness and Health - Lessons from Health Care, Public Health, and Research (online course; part of the Public Health 101 Series)

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    Course description

    Homelessness in the United States (U.S.) is a complex issue intersecting health, public health, policy as well as other aspects of society. Examine the fundamentals of health and innovative research outcomes among homeless populations. Identify unique health issues, health care responses, social needs, and strategies for incorporating trauma-informed care into practice with respect to...

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    Cancer Immunotherapy

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020

    Course Description and Assignments

    Immunotherapy has revolutionized cancer treatments. It has resulted in complete and durable responses in several malignancies including advanced melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer, among...

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