In The Lab – March 2023

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Welcome to “In the Lab”

The inaugural edition of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases newsletter, In the Lab, is a representation of the continued hard work, success, and scientific excellence that deserves to be shared with all members of the community. Our hope is for this newsletter to serve as a resource, so everyone has the opportunity to engage with all the Department has to offer.

The IID Communications Team


NEW! NIH Data Management Policy

IID Department Data Management Site Resources Available in Dropbox and SharePoint Site For more information reach out to Alyssa Pellegrini or Claire Ladd

World Tuberculosis Day

Friday, March 24
More information on WHO website


Infectious Diseases Consortium and Graduate Program in Bacteriology Career Chat

Wed March 22, 2023 @ 12-1pm
FXB 301

Our guests are Dr. Nancy Vazquez-Maldonado (Scientific Review Officer, NIAID), Dr. Katrin Eichelberg (Research Training Officer, NIAID), and Dr. Wolfgang Leitner (Chief, Innate Immunity Section, NIAID). They represent a great range of career stages and funding areas at NIH. It should be a unique chance to hear about experiences working in science funding/policy and to ask questions about what you can do during your current training to explore or pursue careers in these areas.
RSVP here

Combatting a global killer: What’s next in the fight against tuberculosis

Panel Speaker: Sarah Fortune
Thursday, March 23, 2023 @ 11-12pm

Fellowship, Prize, Grant, Award, Allowance and Student Reimbursement Policy Review Session

Wed March 22, 2023 @ 10-11am

Dissertation Defense

Harim Won

Monday, March 27, 2023 @ 2-3pm
FXB 301 and Zoom
“Targeting the ClpC1 ATPase for antibiotic development in Mycobacterium tuberculosis”

IID Seminar Series

Wed March 29, 2023 @ 11:30am
FXB 301
Janelle Ayres, PhD
Professor Salk Institute Legacy Chair, NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Standardize Your Research Data with the NIH Common Data Element Repository

Wed March 29, 2023 @ 1-2:30pm

 Media Spotlight

Harvard Chan School faculty among most highly cited in the world
Harvard Chan School News | School-Wide Faculty | Research

Repeat Vaccinations and Immune Exhaustion: A Possible but Unlikely Link
Newsbreak | Sarah Fortune | COVID-19

COVID-19 Three Years Later: How A Vaccine Was Created
Amanpour and Company | Kizzmekia Corbett | COVID-19

She Helped Unlock the Science of the Covid Vaccine
New York Times | Kizzmekia Corbett | COVID-19, Vaccine Development

Aramont Fellowships spotlight and support pathbreaking initiatives
The Harvard Gazette | Smita Gopinath | Microbiome Research

COVID is still killing people every day. But its main victims have changed.
The Boston Globe | Yonatan Grad | COVID-19

No One Really Knows How Much COVID Is Silently Spreading…Again
The Atlantic | Yonatan Grad | COVID-19

FDA considers major shift in COVID vaccine strategy
OPB | Eric Rubin | COVID-19


The Intracellular Amastigote of Trypanosoma cruzi Maintains an Actively Beating Flagellum
PREPRINT I Madalyn M. Won, Barbara A. Burleigh
Editor’s Pick!

Chemically-induced targeted protein degradation in mycobacteria uncovers antibacterial effects and potentiates antibiotic efficacy
Preprint I Harim I. Won, Junhao Zhu, Olga Kandror, Tatos Akopian, Ian D. Wolf, Michael C. Chao, Maya Waldor, Eric J. Rubin I Tuberculosis Research

The Intracellular Amastigote of Trypanosoma cruzi Maintains an Actively Beating Flagellum
PREPRINT I Stephen M Kissler, Yonatan H Grad I COVID Research

Resistance-minimizing strategies for introducing a novel antibiotic for gonorrhea treatment: a mathematical modeling study
PREPRINTI E Reichert, YH Grad I Gonorrhea Research

Tuberculosis treatment failure associated with evolution of antibiotic resilience
SCIENCE I Eric Rubin, Sarah Fortune I Tuberculosis Research

Neisseria gonorrhoeae diagnostic escape from a gyrA-based test for ciprofloxacin susceptibility and the effect on zoliflodacin resistance: a bacterial genetics and experimental evolution study
SCIENCE DIRECT I Daniel HF Rubin AB, Tatum D Mortimer, Yonatan H. Grad

Elucidating the path to Plasmodium prolyl-tRNA synthetase inhibitors that overcome halofuginone resistance
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS I Dyann Wirth I Malaria Research

Timeliness of Point-of-Care Viral Load Results Improves Human Immunodeficiency Virus Monitoring in Nigeria

 Job Openings

Research Assistant I Lab Grad Lab
Research Assistant II Lab Duraisingh Lab Gopinath Lab
Research Assistant III Lab Neafsey Lab Observatory Lab
Malaria Genomics Technology Transfer Specialist Neafsey Lab

 Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


Articles and Resources

Women in Microbiology Who Fought for Equality, Science, and our World!

Small Things Considered

Meet six women fighting to stop the global backslide on women’s rights

Harvard Public Health

How Women Can Negotiate for the Academic Career They Truly Want

Harvard Business Publishing Education

Events + Affinity Spaces

Queer Women (students only)
Friday, March 24, 2023 1pm – 2:30pm

Trans and Non-Binary (students only)
Monday, March 27, 2023 4pm – 5:30pm

Mindfulness Self-Care for Students of Color(students only)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 5pm – 6:30pm

Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health
Thursday, March 23
1:00 – 2:00pm ET via ZoomRegister here
Facilitator: Patty Grace, Yerby Fellow in IID


Malaria (MUH-LAIR-EE-UH)
The Word Malaria derives from the Italian Word “bad air” the Mal- aria word associated with the marshes and swamps



We are looking for submissions to include in future newsletters! Examples include: photos, new awards, publications, grants, and any other accomplishments you would like to share.