Prospective DBG Graduate Students
We are receiving many inquiries about PhD studies in the DBG and appreciate the interest in our group. I cannot respond to all email inquiries because I am on sabbatical, but let me list the traits of successful applicants to our lab to better inform candidates about their chances:
A. All the applicants have good grades, but at SEAS you probably need to have a GPA >3.5 to be competitive
B. Successful applicants usually have 2+ years of research experience and their name on an abstract or paper. For applicants with industrial experience, the applications are looked at a bit differently….the important thing is that you first lab experience is not in graduate school….and that by the time you get here, you know your way around a lab.
C. Generally, the typical BME curriculum is not adequate preparation for graduate studies in engineering at Harvard. Extensive coursework in mathematics, mechanics (fluid and solid), and control theory is looked upon favorably. I want to stress that partial differential equations should be a course you take before matriculating at SEAS.
D. Your application to Harvard should state specifically which laboratories you are interested in working in, listed by name of the PI. Its the only way to make sure your application is reviewed by a PI.
E. If you email me, send me your CV with your references listed. I do my own checks and if you look like a match, I will call you for a phone interview and I will call your references…so have their contact information on our CV.
I hope this helps and good luck in your applications!
Congratulations for our new Ph.D.’s June 5th, 2014
Postdoc Positions Open March 31st, 2014
The Disease Biophysics Group has three open postdoctoral positions to be filled in the summer of 2014:
1) One position in skeletal muscle tissue engineering,
2) One position in cardiac muscle tissue engineering, and
3) One position in nanofibers and materials science (no biology background required).
Competitive candidates should have an earned doctorate in an appropriate field and a record of first author publications. Candidates should submit, as a single PDF file, their cover letter, CV, and first author publications. Three letters of recommendation will be requested after initial screening of applications. Please send materials to Prof Parker, kkparker at seas dot harvard dot edu.
Congratulations to Dr. Leila Deravi!! March 10th, 2014
The DBG would like to congratulate Leila Deravi who has accepted a tenure track position at the University of New Hampshire. She will be an Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Materials Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. Click here for more information. Please join the DBG in extending Leila a hearty congratulations!!
Welcome to the DBG January 17th, 2014
Please welcome Angie Greer to the DBG. Angie is our new Research Associate. Angie comes to the DBG from the US Army Institute of Surgical Research where she worked in the Combat Casualty Care Battlefield Pain Management Task Area as a Research Associate. She is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom having served in the Army for 4 years. Welcome to the DBG!
Graduate Studies in the DBG December 6th, 2013
Folks, there is more email traffic from PhD applicants than I can respond to. I have posted previously on what your application should look like, so scroll thru our News to see specifics.
Here are the first things I look at when I review an application:
1. Your math (this filters out about 90% of the applicants with BME undergraduate degrees…gotta take PDEs and complex variables)
2. Your lab experience
3. Your grades
4. Your reference letters. If the best thing your letter writer can say is that you sat in front of class, asked questions, turned in HWs, and got an A in the class, that doesn’t really distinguish you.
5. Your essays. Nothing is done until its published. If you can’t write a good response to an essay question, with good English, sentence and paragraph structure, I can’t take you.