Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB) held its 2019 retreat on September 20, along the waterfront at the Museum of Science in Boston. After a morning program of scientific talks and award presentations, the department was deloyed en masse on a scavenger hunt through the museum’s exhibit halls.

Paola Arlotta, Chair of HSCRB, opened the retreat with highlights from the past year:

  • HSCRB junior faculty have been recognized as leaders in research and teaching. Ya-Chieh Hsu received Harvard’s Roslyn Abramson Award for excellence and sensitivity in undergraduate teaching, Jason Buenrostro was named to the 2019 MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators under 35” list, and Jessica Whited received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
  • In collaboration with Harvard Business School, HSCRB launched a new dual degree program, MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences. The program is co-chaired by Mark Fishman and Douglas Melton, and directed by William Anderson. The first class of students will start in fall 2020.
  • HSCRB is responsible for developing and running the graduate program in Developmental and Regenerative Biology. Co-directed by Jeffrey Macklis and Trista North, the program unites faculty across the Harvard University and Harvard Medical School campuses to provide a strong foundation in basic developmental and stem cell biology principles and skills.

Kevin Eggan, faculty chair of the retreat, introduced guest speaker Benjamin Ebert of Dana–Farber Cancer Institute. His keynote on the genetics of blood malignancies was followed by scientific talks from Sarah Bowling, postdoctoral fellow in the Camargo lab; Aaron Burberry, postdoctoral fellow in the Eggan lab; and Ya-Chieh Hsu.

Jill Goldstein, postdoctoral fellow in the Wagers lab, and Marlies Rossmann, postdoctoral fellow in the Zon lab received the 2019 Trainee Leadership Award, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the HSCRB community.

Zack Chiang, graduate student in the Buenrostro lab, and Bing Zhang, postdoctoral fellow in the Hsu lab received the award for best poster.

Competition in the scavenger hunt was fierce, but ultimately the “A team” won the day.