In The Lab – May 2023

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Welcome to “In the Lab”

Spring into this month’s edition of “In the Lab”!

This April and May, the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases newsletter explored Commencement, World Malaria Day, student defense seminars, and exciting news from Harvard faculty.

“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.

The IID Communications Team


2023 Graduation Ceremonies

May 22-25, 2023
This year’s festivities will include the Harvard Chan School Convocation and award ceremony, as well as Harvard’s main Commencement ceremony and affinity graduations. Please see the provided links for specific times and locations for each event!

Nature Masterclasses Subscription

We are pleased to let you know that Harvard University and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research have purchased a subscription to Nature Masterclasses.

Nature Masterclasses is an online platform by Nature Research (Springer) that offers courses and modules relevant to research, publishing, and grant writing. Anyone with an active HarvardKey – faculty, staff, trainees, and students – may freely access this resource during our subscription period (now through February 27, 2024).

Please click here to register. More information on accessing Nature Masterclasses can be found in the attached user guide.


Congratulations, you have IRB Approval? Now what?

Office of Regulatory Affairs and Research Compliance
Tuesday, May 23rd, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Virtual Session
Register Here!

Revisiting IgM Immunity: Isotype-dependent ultrapotent neutralization of a ZIKV IgM monoclonal antibody.

Mattia Bonsignori, MD, MS
Friday, May 26th, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Virtual Seminar
Zoom Link Here!

Closing Out Your Research: Data Transfer

Julia Goldman, Research Data Services Librarian
Wednesday, May 31st, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Virtual Session
Register Here!

 Media Spotlight

‘An absolutely surreal moment:’ Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, who helped develop COVID vaccine, on clinical trial’s anniversary
WGBH | Kizzmekia Corrbett | COVID-19

Dr. Barry Bloom Emeritus Faculty Award Nomination
Harvard Chan News | Barry Bloom | Awards

New journal, podcast take a closer look at artificial intelligence in medicine
Harvard Chan News | Eric Rubin | Artificial Intelligence

This Emergency Is Over. Now It’s Time to Get Ready for the Next Pandemic
Time | Kizzmekia Corbett | COVID-19

Science fueled by social justice
Harvard Chan News | Syndey Stanley| Student Highlight

Fifteen Questions: Pardis Sabeti on LS1B, Computational Genetics, and Holiday Cards

The Crimson | Pardis Sabeti | Q&A

Students work with Massachusetts coalition to fight health inequities

Harvard Chan News | Yvette Cho, Briana Acosta | Campus News

HHMI Names 31 Inaugural Freeman Hrabowski Scholars
HHMI | Kizzmekia Corrbett | Awards


Surveillance strategies for the detection of the new SARS-CoV-2 variants across epidemiological contexts
PREPRINT / Kirstin I. Oliveira Roster, Stephen M. Kissler, Enoma Omoregie, Jade C. Wang, Helly Amin, Steve Di Lonardo, Scott Hughes, Yonatan Grad / COVID-19 Research
Editor’s Pick!

Resistance and prevalence implications of doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis for gonorrhea prevention in men who have sex with men: a modeling study
PREPRINT / Emily Reichert, Yonatan H. Grad / Gonorrhea Research

 Job Openings

Research Assistant I Lab Catteruccia Lab
Research Assistant I Lab Garrett Lab

 Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Why is AANHPI Heritage Month celebrated in May?

22 Books to Read During AAPI Heritage Month, Recommended by AAPI Writers


Tu-ber-cu-lo-sis [too-ber”ku-lo’sis]
The word “tuberculosis” derives from the Latin word tuberculum, which means “small swelling”. The diseases is believed to have existed in humans since antiquiti and to have originated with cattle domestication.


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.