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Professional Development and Skills

From 2016 retreat

1. Lauren Celano Skill and CV:


2. Dr. Carol Manahan and Dr. Diane Silva NIBR Leadership skills worksheet and resources (reference list):

---- Online: HHMI: Making the Right Moves; A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, second edition (free PDF)

---- Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, revised edition, Roger Fisher, William Ury and Bruce Patton (2011), Penguin Books.

----- Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists, second edition, Carl Cohen and Suzanne Cohen (2012), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

----- Podcast:  Coaching for Leaders


3. Dr. Johanna Gutlerner Feedback worksheet:


Curriculum Resources


MCB 178: MCB 178 (SPRING)
Biochemistry of Protein Complexes
Guido Guidotti
A course on the properties of protein complexes that serve as supports, machines and motors. Topics include : hemoglobin, actin filaments, myosin function, microtubules, kinesin, metabolon, photosynthesis, rotary motors, nuclear pores and transport, proteasome. Lecture on Monday is followed by student presentations on Wednesday. The course involves reading two research papers per week, and writing a research proposal.

MCB 63: MCB 63 (FALL)
Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Alain Viel and Rachelle Gaudet
The course integrates an introduction to the structure of macromolecules and a biochemical approach to cellular function. Topics addressing protein function will include enzyme kinetics, the characterization of major metabolic pathways and their interconnection into tightly regulated networks, and the manipulation of enzymes and pathways with mutations or drugs. An exploration of simple cells (red blood cells) to more complex tissues (muscle and liver) is used as a framework to discuss the progression in metabolic complexity. Students will also develop problem solving and analytical skills that are more generally applicable to the life sciences.

Note: Summer 2015: this course will be available online  as MCB 63X

Principles of Biochemistry: This introduction to biochemistry explores the molecules of life, starting at simple building blocks and culminating in complex metabolism.


Computational and Quantitative resources

See the following list for course options:

Coming soon!


Pharmacology resources

Coming soon!


Golan D, Tashjian AH, Armstrong EJ, Armstrong A (2012) Principles of Pharmacology: The Pathophysiologic Basis of Drug Therapy. Walters-Kluver/Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Excellent on molecular pharmacology basics and all the major drug classes. Med student friendly - not so quant.

Kuriyan K and Konforti B (2012)The Molecules of Life: Physical and Chemical Principles. Garland Outstanding new textbook for biochemistry fundamentals.

Kenakin TP (2006). A pharmacology primer. Academic Press

Excellent if somewhat advanced test on ligand-receptor theory by one of the masters. Esp good for classic principles of GPCR and ion channel pharmacology

Tozer TM and Rowland M (2006) Introduction to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Nice, simple intro to pharmcokinetics that has all the essentials, well explaned.

Rosenbaum SE (2011) Basic Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics. Wiley. Good intro to PK-PD modeling concepts. Includes simple computer programs


Other great resources:


HMS Departments and Programs


GSAS: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

HILS: Harvard Integrated Life Sciences

DMS: Division of Medical Sciences


Other Harvard Sites of Interest

Harvard Medical School
Curriculum Fellows at Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School Academy Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
Office of Career Services (OCS)
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
HMS and HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows