Classes

Electronics and Signal Processing for Experimental Rigs

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Course Director: John Assad

Course Instructors: Ofer Mazor, Pavel Gorelik

 

Course description:

Biomedical researchers often use, or even building, experimental rigs consisting of several interconnected electronic instruments. These rigs are typically used to make high-quality recordings of weak biological signals. The goal of this course is to demystify the rig: What does each instrument do? How should they be connected? How does one troubleshoot noise, or adjust settings in a principled way...

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Graduate TF Training in the Biomedical Sciences

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

This course is an introduction to the skills and frameworks necessary for success as a graduate student teaching fellow (TF). 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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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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Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 3: Neural Interventions

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

About the series

This online nanocourse series is part of the curriculum offered by the Scientific Citizenship Initiative (SCI) at Harvard Medical School. SCI aims to make science more socially responsive and responsible by examining the social impact of scientific research and emerging technology, exposing students to the multiple roles and institutions that make up the innovation ecosystem, and teaching practical skills, such as how to communicate across disciplines and perspectives.

This online course series consists of three...

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Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 2: Lifespan Extension

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

About the series

This online nanocourse series is part of the curriculum offered by the Scientific Citizenship Initiative (SCI) at Harvard Medical School. SCI aims to make science more socially responsive and responsible by examining the social impact of scientific research and emerging technology, exposing students to the multiple roles and institutions that make up the innovation ecosystem, and teaching practical skills, such as how to communicate across disciplines and perspectives.

This online course series consists...

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Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 1: Gene Drives

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

About the series

This online nanocourse series is part of the curriculum offered by the Scientific Citizenship Initiative (SCI) at Harvard Medical School. SCI aims to make science more socially responsive and responsible by examining the social impact of scientific research and emerging technology, exposing students to the multiple roles and institutions that make up the innovation ecosystem, and teaching practical skills, such as how to communicate across disciplines and perspectives.

This online course series consists...

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Light-Sheet Microscopy for Neuroscientists

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Course Directors: Aurelien Begue, PhD (HMS) and Jason DeBruyne, PhD (MSM)

Course Description: Fluorescent light-sheet microscopy is a versatile microscopy technique that has diverse applications to neuroscience research and offers many advantages to other imaging methods. This nanocourse, offered as part of the MAHPING collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Morehouse School of Medicine, will introduce neuroscientists who have little or no experience with light-...

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Arduino for Biologists: Building scientific instruments using Arduino

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

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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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. 

Learning Objectives...

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Microscopy Measurements: Considerations for accurate and precise quantitative microscopy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Course Description

Fluorescence microscopy can be a very powerful tool for making quantitative spatial and intensity measurements . However, sources of error and imprecision are inherent in every modality of light microscopy and digital image acquisition, and can lead to inaccurate conclusions if left unaddressed. In this nanocourse, we will discuss common sources of inaccuracy and imprecision in quantitative microscopy, and how to identify and address them. In the virtual laboratory exercises, you will learn how to estimate signal-to-noise ratio and...

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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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