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!
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.
Welcome to the DBG December 5th, 2013
The DBG would like to welcome Isabelle Huggler from the Department Health Sciences and Technology at ETH, Zurich. Isabelle completed her Bachelor studies in Food Engineering in August 2013 and she has joined the DBG for an internship for three months before she returns to ETH to start her studies for a Masters. Isabelle will be working on a project that will draw on her Food Engineering expertise. Welcome Isabelle!
Welcome to the DBG November 22nd, 2013
The DBG welcomes Thomas Grevesse as our most recent Post Doctoral Fellow. He will join the Traumatic Brain Injury Team. Thomas comes from Professor Sylvain Gabriele’s Mechanobiology & Soft Matter group at the University of Mons in Belgium, where is recently received his Ph.D. Please join us in welcoming Thomas to the DBG.
Current Images from the DBG November 1st, 2013
A sea horse shaped Cardiomyocytes stained with alpha-actinin in green, actin in red and DAPI in blue. Image by Stephanie Dauth and Moran Yadid.
Welcome back to the DBG!! October 7th, 2013
The DBG would like to welcome back Janna Nawroth as the latest postdoctoral fellow to join the team. Janna was part of the DBG for a couple of years while she was a graduate student at Cal Tech. Janna has been working in the labs of her adviser Professor John O. Dabiri, since receiving her Ph.D. in December of 2012. Welcome Back Janna!!