Escape the Room!

On Saturday, July 30th, 27 PBPSS fellows set out to try their hands at one of Boston’s famed activities, Escape the Room. An interactive puzzle, Escape the Room locks 8-10 people in a room, with a single objective – break out of the room in under an hour. How difficult could it be, you say?…

PBPSS Profiles: Audrey Effenberger

Program: PRISE Year: 2019 House: Leverett Concentration: Neurobiology [Soumyaa Mazumder]: Describe your research in 1-3 sentences. [Audrey Effenberger]: There are a lot of diseases in which remyelination fails to occur. My research this summer has focused on trying to understand the role of cells called microglia– which are essentially the innate immune cells of the…

PBPSS Formal: Masquerade!

Saturday night, PBPSS Fellows gathered in the Leverett dining hall for a night of food, fun, and festivities. Friends danced the night away for their last PBPSS weekend – here are some photos of the occasion! The theme of tonight’s formal. Formal organizer and PRISE fellow Rachel Oshiro ’19, hard at work in the dining…

Leverett Faculty Deans’ Open House

Deans Ann and Howard Georgi kindly opened their doors to PBPSS Fellows on Tuesday following the final lecture of the summer. Students filed up the stairs through the secret tunnel in the back of the private dining hall in reverse Alice in Wonderland fashion to find themselves in front of a table lavishly arranged with…

Week in Review #9

The summer is ending terrifyingly quickly, but at least it’s going out with a bang. This week held the best of what PBPSS has to offer, both academically and socially, from a fascinating lecture on the brain of Vincent Van Gogh to an opportunity to eat more Insomnia cookies than one could imagine. The week…

PBPSS Profiles: Chris Li

Year: Rising Junior Concentration: Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology House: Pfoho SG: Tell me about your research in a couple of sentences. CL: We are trying to understand the molecular mechanisms of epiblast stem cells. SG: What is an epiblast stem cell? CL: A stem cell is a pluripotent cell, meaning it can take on…

PRISE Speaker Series: Dr. Shahram Khoshbin

Dr. Khoshbin’s talk, also open to the general public, was the last talk of PRISE’s speaker series. The beautiful synthesis of neuroscience with the arts, as well as a decent bit of history, was the perfect culminating point for the research village’s summer. Dr. Khoshbin centered his lecture around a well-known figure who has been so…

Week in Review #8

It doesn’t seem possible that almost two months have passed since the four-hour-long scavenger hunt, opening dinner, and Dean Khurana’s tinfoil joke. The weather’s certainly gotten hotter – this week was almost unbearable at times, making for some very long and uncomfortable nights – but time has otherwise flown by. Even harder to believe is…

PBPSS Profiles: Anand Rajagopal

VL: Tell me about your research in one sentence! AR: I look at patients who have survived sepsis and who have died from it, and try to find the genes that differ between the two groups – so what genes cause tolerance or resistance to sepsis. VL: What do you like about your research? AR:…

PRISE Speaker Series: Dr. David Reese

Dr. Reese’s lecture was the second installment of PRISE lectures open to the public this summer. Dr. David Reese, Senior Vice President of Translational Sciences for AMGEN, spoke to PBPSS Fellows and the Harvard community at large about his career trajectory as well as the hallmarks of medical discovery and the intellectual crossroads that is…

PBPSS Profiles: Michael Liu

Michael Liu, PRISE, Class of 2019, Winthrop House, HDRB [Soumyaa Mazumder]: Describe your research in 1-3 sentences: [Michael Liu]: I am studying the specific segmental targeting of corticospinal motor neurons (CSMNs) in the spinal cord, which are the neurons that allow you to execute movement, and are implicated in many diseases, including ALS. My work…

PBPSS Profiles: Helene Lovett

[Soumyaa Mazumder]: Describe your research in 1-3 sentences: [Helene Lovett]: I work with mice in the Dulac Lab on instinctive social behaviors, which are triggered in mice in response to pheromones they detect on other mice. Right now I’m trying out a technique for seeing mRNA and protein signals in neurons activated by specific social…