Introduction to Molecular Biology Techniques
7.102 (Formerly 7.396: Independent Study in Experimental Biology)
6 units (0-4-2)
Can be repeated for credit. Fee: $100.00
See "The Art of Microbiology" from the MIT News office (IAP 2012).
Instructors: Prof. Dennis Kim, Dr. Mandana Sassanfar
This intensive 3-week "boot-camp" style course will provide hands-on instruction in basic molecular biological techniques including isolation and quantification of nucleic acid and protein, agarose and SDS-PAGE gel electrophoresis, PCR, microbiology, and bioinformatics. In addition students will learn more elaborate techniques such as ultracentrifugation and electron microscopy to purify and view virus particles. Emphasis will be on real-world application, experimentation and trouble shooting in preparation for a successful UROP experience. Priority will be given to freshmen with no prior research experience. Interested students must fill out an application form (see below) and email it to Dr. Sassanfar. Deadline 12/02/16. You will be notified by 12/12/16 whether you are enrolled in the class.
7.102 will meet every afternoon for 15 days on Jan 10-13, 17-20, 23-27, and 30-31 in Building 68 Room 089. Students will be expected to spend every afternoon from 1-5pm in the lab.
Enter departmental lottery by December 2, 2016
Do not preregister on Websis.
Limited to 24 participants. No listeners.
Prereq: 7.01x or AP Biology - This course is not a substitute for 7.02
Download Application (linked .PDF file)
Pre-7.01: Getting up to Speed in Biology
(7.S390: Pre-7.01: Getting up to Speed in Biology)
Instructor: Prof. Hazel Sive
Pre-7.01 is a new short course (2.5 weeks) that provides background useful for 7.01 Introductory Biology. The course includes cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics. Pre-7.01 is designed for students with little Biology background, including seniors who have not yet completed the 7.01 GIR, and need a refresher course.
To help a student assess whether s/he will learn new material in Pre-7.01, a set of “test Yourself” questions are posted at the following URL:
Students who find the material unfamiliar will benefit by taking Pre-7.01. Students who find the material familiar have sufficient background for 7.01 and will not benefit by taking the course.
Enrollment is limited! To prioritize enrollment, please complete the questionnaire at the above link. Click on “Materials” to access the questionnaire, and email the completed form to Professor Sive (email@example.com) by the deadline. If you are over your IAP credit limit but are still interested in taking this course, you should register as a listener.
You will be notified by Dec 30, 2016, 5PM whether you are enrolled in the class.
Seniors without AP or honors biology will get priority. For other undergraduate years,
students with the least biology background will get priority.
Course starts: Mon Jan 23, 2017
Course ends: Thu Feb 2, 2017
Course meets: MWF Lectures + recitations (10:05–11:55AM).
Course location: 4-146
A Sampling of Careers
Nonprofit and Policy
Thursday, January 7th, 1:30pm-3pm, Whitehead Auditorium
Would you like to do science whose profit is the betterment of our world? This panel will gather speakers with a diverse range of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors.
Michael Hammerschmidt, Vice President for Development, Life Sciences Foundation
Juli Klemm, PhD '95, Head of Cancer Biology and Genomics Section, National Cancer Institute
Dr. Robert Lillianfeld, '03, Director of Corporate Relations, Seeding Labs
Mark Smith, PhD '14, Co-Founder, OpenBiome
Tuesday, January 12th, 1:30-3pm, 68-181
Careers in scientific communication strive to deliver scientific content in engaging formats to academic and lay audiences. Come hear how the four professionals on this panel craft the form and content of diverse media to achieve this end.
Lauren Aguirre - Director of Digital Media at NOVA PBS
Diana Chien, PhD - Instructor/Manager at the MIT Biological Engineering Communication Lab
Meghan Jendrysik, PhD - Managing Editor at Elsevier
Nidhi Subbaraman, MS - Science and Technology Reporter at the Boston Globe
Intellectual Property & Patent Law
Wednesday, January 13th, 1:30pm -3pm, 68-181
Thinking about moving away from the bench? Come see what the field of intellectual property and patent law has to offer! Meet professionals that deal with the intersection between biology and law to protect new discoveries!
Jennifer Che, Pronutria, VP, Intellectual property counsel
David Olsen, Boston College Law School, Assistant professor
Education and Outreach
Friday, January 15th, 1:30 pm-3pm, 76-156
Careers in science education and outreach aim to improve public understanding of science across all fields and ages. Come hear how the four professionals on this panel apply diverse skill sets and knowledge to cultivate scientific literacy in their audiences.
Lawrence Bell, MS - Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Museum of Science, Boston
David Form, PhD - Science Teacher at Nashoba Regional School District
Alice Rushforth, PhD - Executive Director at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Charlotte Seid, PhD - Biorepository Manager at Ocean Genome Legacy
Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Industry
Wednesday, January 20th, 12:00-1:30pm, 68-181
Interested in science outside of academia? Come to the biotechnology and big pharma panel! We have scientists from different backgrounds in all different industry positions. Come hear about their day-to-day life and how they got to where they are now.
David Salim, ImmunoGen, QC analyst
Peter Liu, Amgen, Engineer, Process development
Alison Williams, Pronutria, Director of corporate development
Darby Schmidt, Syros Pharmaceuticals, Principal scientist
Entrepreneurship Career Paths
Thursday, January 21st, 1:30pm – 3pm, Whitehead Auditorium
Hear how others have founded their own companies and from others who make company creation their career. All speakers have PhDs and have gone on to learn what it takes to take an idea beyond the lab bench.
Will Adams, Founder and CSO of Riparian Pharmaceuticals.
Brian Fiske, Senior Associate at Flagship VentureLabs
Bernat Olle, VP and Venture Partner at Puretech Health and CEO of Vedanta Biosciences
Armon Sharei, Founder and CEO of SQZ Biotech
Careers in Consulting and Finance
Thursday, January 28th, 1:30pm-3pm, Whitehead Auditorium
Speakers are from different types of companies with different goals and cultures, but all use their scientific training to help others make critical decisions. Learn about how their PhD training has helped them succeed outside of the lab.
Zach Piccioli, Consultant, Clearview Healthcare Partners
Kate Moreau, Senior Associate, RA Capital
Arvind Govindarajan, Consultant, McKinsey & Co.
Maria Denslow, Lead Knowledge Analyst, Boston Consulting Group
Post-doctoral positions in Academia and Industry
Thursday, January 14th, 1:30pm-3pm, 68-181
The next step after graduate school - a post doc. It's not as intimidating as you think. What should you look for in a lab? Can you switch fields?How do you send out the first letter? Come meet post docs from academia and industry, and learn about how to get a post doc position!
Zainab Jagani, Novartis, Industry post doc
Jill Goldstein, Wager lab, Harvard, Academic post doc
Sandhya Sanduja, Gupta lab, Head of post doc association at Whitehead Institute
The Path to Faculty: Careers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions
Tuesday, January 19th, 1:30pm-3pm, 68-181
Are you planning to apply for an academic job? Are you considering a more teaching oriented career? Find out about career options at primarily undergraduate institutions, where professors dedicate much of their time to teaching yet also manage their own research programs and mentor students. Learn about this rewarding career path from a panel of faculty members at teaching colleges.
Joanne C. Pratt, PhD - Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Olin College
Caroline Goutte, PhD - Professor of Biology, Amherst College
Jason Pellettieri, PhD - Associate Professor of Biology, Keene State College
Vanja Klepac-Ceraj, PhD - Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Wellesley College
Careers at Research Institutions
Wednesday, January 20th, 1:30pm to 3pm, 68-181
For those considering careers within academia, this panel will bring together speakers from a variety of research-oriented institutions.
Jeffrey Chuang, PhD ’01 – Associate Professor, Jackson Laboratory of Genomic Medicine
Piyush Gupta, PhD ’95 – Assistant Professor of Biology, MIT
Megan C. King, PhD – Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Yale University
Sallie Smith Schneider, PhD – Director of Biospecimen Resource and Molecular Analysis Facility, Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute
The next generation of AI and systems thinking in biology and medicine
Medicine and the targeted marketing problem
Friday, January 15th, 1pm, McGovern Auditorium, Whitehead Institute
Anthony Philippakis, MD PhD
Cardiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Chief Data Officer, Broad Institute
Venture Partner, Google Ventures
Machine learning and computational pathology for data-driven cancer diagnostics
Friday, January 22nd, 1pm, McGovern Auditorium, Whitehead Institute
Andrew Beck, MD PhD
Director, Cancer Research Institute Bioinformatics
Director, Molecular Epidemiology Research Lab
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
A systems approach to innate immunity
Friday, January 29th, 1pm, McGovern Auditorium, Whitehead Institute
Assistant Professor of Systems Biology
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Creating Scientific Figures & Video with Adobe Tools (workshop)
with Sera Thornton and Mary Ellen Wiltrout, MITx Biology
Tuesday, Jan 5, 2:30-4:30, 68-121
Visual aids are one of the most important tools we have in communicating our research to others, be it in a publication, a talk, or a class. From 2:30 to 3:30, join us to learn how to efficiently use Adobe Illustrator to make and edit figures. From 3:30 to 4:30, expand your horizons into video with an introduction to using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects to perform simple video editing and animation. Geared towards beginners, but all levels welcome – we may have some tricks you don’t know yet!
Please bring a laptop with Adobe Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and After Effects installed and working. (Free download from IS&T for faculty & staff. Download the day before as it can take a while.)
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org