There are two RA positions open in Pediatric Oncology at Dana Farber. Dr. Birgit Knoechel writes, “The overarching goal of my lab and the Lohr lab is to study the biology of therapeutic resistance in cancer with a particular focus on genomic and epigenetic aberrations. We use single cell/low input genomics, epigenomics and other single cell technology to define dynamic changes in tumor model systems and primary patient samples with a disease focus on hematologic malignancies and sarcoma. We also use a wide variety of tools to study underlying mechanisms, which span the entire spectrum from biochemistry, functional perturbation to in vivo mouse models.”
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RA Epigenetics – The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is looking for an exceptional candidate for a unique Research Associate position. This position affords the exciting opportunity to be part of a research effort at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute aiming to delineate epigenomic aberrations in cancer and discover novel therapeutic targets. The candidate will assist in the development of cancer models from primary human tumors and human cell lines that represent different cellular lineages and drug-resistant states. He/she will use modern next generation sequencing techniques to characterize the chromatin state of these tumors and modern functional perturbation techniques including lentiviral knockdown and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tools. He/she will test the model systems in immuno-compromised mice for their ability to form tumors and to test for drug responses. He/she will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that evaluates new technologies and approaches to discover and validate novel systemic cancer biology.
RA Genomics – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is looking for an exceptional candidate for a unique Research Associate position. This position affords the exciting opportunity to be part of a research effort at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute aiming to delineate genomic aberrations in cancer biology and discover novel therapeutic targets. He/she will use modern next generation sequencing techniques to characterize genomic aberrations and modern functional perturbation techniques including CRISPR/Cas9 and other genome editing tools. He/she will use various model systems to test for drug responses and determine mechanisms of resistance to drugs, including novel immunotherapies. He/she will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that evaluates new technologies and approaches to discover and validate novel systemic cancer biology.
This position is brought to you by Annie Cowan ’18 – application deadline February 3rd:
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, they provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; they conduct research that advances treatment; they educate tomorrow’s physician/researchers; they reach out to underserved members of their community; and they work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
The Clinical Research Coordinator works within the clinical research program and supports the research team in the overall conduct of clinical trials using Good Clinical Practice under the auspices of the Principal Investigator(s) and the DFCI Clinical Trials Office. The CRC will be responsible for the primary data collection and management of patient clinical information as it pertains to participation in clinical trials. Ensures timely collection of protocol related samples including shipment to outside entities as required. Maintains regulatory binders and ensures study compliance with all state, federal, and IRB requirements. May be responsible for IRB protocol submissions (amendments, continuing reviews, and minimal risk protocols). This individual may also screen patients for protocol eligibility, obtain informed consent, and register study participants to clinical trials. Some travel may be required
Brought to you by Midd Alum Kayvon Sharif ‘16.5.
The THANC (Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer) Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to supporting research and education in the early detection and treatment of thyroid and head and neck cancer, to advancing new therapies, and to alleviating the suffering and functional impairment of patients who undergo treatment.
Role: Research Associates collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of physicians and researchers affiliated with Mount Sinai Downtown Medical Center to conduct and publish clinical research. In addition, Research Associates also play key roles in the development and maintenance of a disease-specific electronic medical record system and an educational website for patients and their families (www.headandneckcancerguide.org). Finally, Research Associates have the opportunity to spend time observing thyroid and head and neck surgery in the operating room.
Qualifications/Required Documents: This is a full-time, two-year position. Research Associates must hold a Bachelor’s degree and typically have a strong interest in pursuing a career in medicine. Applicants should have a robust scientific background, excellent writing ability, and previous experience in a clinical environment is desired as well.
- Provide a cover letter (addressed to Dr. Urken), an updated CV, and two letters of recommendation to email@example.com.
- Please have your recommenders e-mail your letters directly.
- If selected for an interview, a writing assignment will be required.
- The application deadline is February 1, 2019 but we are gladly accepting applications before then.
For more information, please visit our website (www.thancfoundation.org), or feel free to contact Kayvon Sharif directly with any questions you may have!
Work as a Research Assistant with Dr. Leonard Zon, Grousbeck Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, HHMI Investigator, and HSCI Faculty Member.
The lab utilizes the zebrafish model system and cutting-edge technologies to study the role of gene expression in hematopoiesis, cancer, and stem cell development. They aspire to develop and improve drug therapies and treatments for patients with blood disorders and cancer. The lab is based in two locations: Longwood Medical Area (Boston) and Harvard University (Cambridge).
They carry out research in two areas of biology:
- Hematopoiesis: Each day, humans require the production of ~100 billion new blood cells for proper hematopoietic function. Assaults to this system can cause diseases including leukemias, lymphomas, and anemias. They study how hematopoietic progenitor cells are induced from vascular precursors, how hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) engraft
into their stem cell niche, what genes controls stem cell self-renewal and differentiation, what goes awry in blood cancers & diseases, and how to improve treatments such as bone marrow transplants.
- Melanoma: The Zon Lab created the first animal model of a BRAFdriven cancer in 2005 with the publication of our zebrafish melanoma model. The lab has gone on to identify genes important in melanoma initiation such as SPRED1 and SETDB1. They study epigenetic regulators of melanoma onset, molecular events in melanoma initiation, and mechanisms of melanoma drug resistance
- Research Assistants: They are looking for multiple candidates with strong biology backgrounds. Research assistants will utilize a variety of molecular biology techniques, microinjections, microscopy, and tissue culture in addition to working with zebrafish.
- Bioinformatics Specialist: The last three bioinformatics specialists in their lab have been premedical students with a computer science focus. The individual will work on widely applicable computational analyses on the data from lab experiments and will learn to create novel analysis pipelines to handle more complex biological questions.
Qualities they are looking for: Highly motivated, intellectually curious, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work independently.
Benefits to you: Many recent college graduates spend time as Zon Lab research assistants prior to successfully moving on to positions in medical school, graduate school and other health professions. You will learn how to design and execute state-of-the-art experiments, providing an excellent opportunity to grow creatively as a scientist and to think critically about how the lab translates to the clinic. Research assistants regularly give presentations and are authors on primary research papers, providing a competitive edge when applying to graduate and medical programs.
Email your cover letter & CV to Dr. Bruce Barut (Lab Manager).
Positions are competitive and require a two-year commitment beginning summer 2019
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Dear Pre-Med students,
The end of the semester is just around the corner, and you’re only a few days away from some very well-deserved time off. Not sure what to do over your winter break? The AAMC has seven suggestions for you.
- Make summer plans. Gaining valuable experiences and exposure to the field of medicine is important for showing admissions committees why this is the right career for you. It’s not too early to start researching and applying for summer positions or programs. One option is the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a free, six-week academic enrichment program held at 13 program sites across the country. The application for summer 2017 is open until March 1. You can search for more opportunities here.
- Read for fun. You probably read a lot for your classes all semester, so break is a great time to read something just for you. And it doesn’t have to be related to medicine. But if you’re looking for book recommendations for aspiring physicians, check out our list. Look up other recommendations and share what you’re reading on social media with #premedreads.
- Learn about the application process. If you’re applying to medical school in 2017, now is a good time to start thinking about your application timeline, personal statement, and letters of evaluation. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) for information, resources, and tutorials specific to the application process. For a more comprehensive overview, we recommend The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions. (We have ordered a copy and it should be in the CCI to borrow by J-Term.)
- Reflect on why you’re pursuing medicine. One question that will be essential to answer when writing your personal statement and interviewing at medical schools is “why medicine?” It’s important to have an answer that’s specific and personal. If your answer is something general that could apply to many pre-meds (“I like to help people” or “I like science”), look closer at your experiences and the deeper reasons that keep you motivated to pursue this path. This will help differentiate you from the thousands of other applicants when it comes time to apply.
- Make a MCAT study plan. If you’re taking your MCAT exam in January 2017, you’re probably already planning to study over your break. Even if you’re taking the exam later in the year, you can start making a study plan now. Here are some tips to get you started with developing your own plan based on your study habits, schedule, and learning style.
- Volunteer. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in your community, especially around the holidays, such as volunteering at a food bank or sorting toy donations. Remember, you don’t just have to look for medically related opportunities for it to be to be valuable and meaningful experience. Here are some tips for finding volunteer experiences.
- Relax and recharge. Feel like you need a break? Taking a step back and not doing anything pre-med related is okay, too. Sleep in, spend time with family and friends, catch up on a TV show, or whatever else is going to help you start the New Year and new semester strong and motivated. Learning how to find balance is an essential skill that will help you be successful now, in medical school, and as a future doctor.