The DRB is more than just providing a research space for its trainees. Expanding your experiences (and your CV) beyond the bench is crucial to your success. The DRB encourages all of its trainees, from undergrad to technician to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to take advantage of the opportunities posted here.

If you think there are other opportunities or meetings that everyone should know about, then please let us know!

Program Events

We would not be much of a graduate program if we did not put some thought into how to strengthen the training of our students in the classroom, at the bench and in the hallways. So here are some of our reccuring activities designed to build a stronger DRB community.

Please note that unless specifically noted, anyone is welcome to participate in the following events. However, for some events, DRB students will be given priority.

DRB Student Data Club & Faculty Seminar series  – This series is designed to highlight ongoing developmental biology research at Harvard. The faculty seminar series, launched in 2006 by the iDB initiative, has been an integral part of the graduate program. New as of Fall 2014, this series has been combined with student data club. Senior DRB students (G3 and above) will have the opportunity to present and discuss their data, followed by a seminar by faculty members who are at HMS, in Cambridge, or are part of Harvard-affiliated hospitals and institutes.

To see the upcoming series schedule, please click here.

Annual Retreat – Sometimes it is good to get away with friends... That is why we host the annual DRB retreat. The retreat happens every year in early spring, recent keynote speakers have included Ken Poss and Roel Nusse.

Outreach Event - The DRB program wants to give back and be involved in the local community. This year the students helped organize a fundraiser in Support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America on September 14th at the Estate restaurant in Downtown Boston.

CB-DRB Mentorship Series - This series of events gives students a chance to interact informally with departmental faculty over lunch in a small-group setting discussing different aspects that are relevant to your PhD and scientific career. Issues we have covered in the past range from 'Preparing to attend a scientific meeting', 'Finding and Interviewing for a post-doc position’ to 'Networking', and ‘Careers in Science Journalism’. One of the most popular topics is 'Faculty Biography' where departmental faculty share their personal stories about how they arrived at their current career path. Detailed sechdule can be found here. 

The CDB mentorship lunches are for Cell Biology and DRB students only. If you are a DRB student but are not recieving the invitations please contact Abha Ahuja at 

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