HDRB seniors and the HSCRB education team.

The HSCRB faculty and education team were pleased to welcome HDRB seniors and their families on May 29, 2019 to mark the occasion of their graduation from Harvard.

“Winston Churchill said that success is the ability to go from one failure to the other, without loss of enthusiasm for the goal – and that is definitely true for science,” said Doug Melton, Xander University Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and Faculty Dean at Eliot House, as he congratulated the students for their tireless dedication.

Melton acknowledged in particular the efforts of the students who completed a senior thesis.

“Completing a thesis is a very deep process of working in a lab, in a sense for extracurricular work,” he said. “The number of hours the students work is enormous – sometimes 20 to 30 hours a week. That’s something that students in other concentrations don’t all do. It’s something that we really value here because we think that kind of focused effort on a scientific problem is important.”

Of the 21 students who completed a thesis, one was selected by faculty for special recognition. That honor went to Michael Liu, whose work to discover that “local molecular networks and neuronal growth cones control development of subtype-specific circuitry” was carried out in the laboratory of Jeffrey Macklis, Max and Anne Wien Professor of Life Sciences.

Please join us in congratulating the class of 2019.