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Our Mission
The mission of the Harvard OpenBio Laboratory is to foster a collaborative community at Harvard centered around biology that moves the world forward.
We aim to change the paradigm of biological research by making the resources and funding to do impactful research accessible to all. OpenBio provides the space, resources, funding, and advising to help students turn their research visions into reality. Through this community, we hope to enable meaningful research and change the culture of undergraduate biology at Harvard and beyond.
We support student-led projects that have the potential to make a lasting impact on the world using biology. Additionally, we are committed to increasing access to scientific education and opportunities for underrepresented groups, as diversity is essential for progress and innovation. We are excited to work towards this mission and use biology to create a brighter future for all.
What We Do
We support student-led research projects through our fellowship program, enabling undergraduates to pursue independent research. We also teach wet lab skills workshops, host career panels, and are planning to host a multi-day BioHackathon.
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Research Fellowship
OpenBio sponsors fully-funded research fellowships for those interested in pursuing student-led projects!
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Education
We host educational programs and workshops for students who want to learn more about wet-lab biology.
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Mentorship
Our mentorship programs connect you with upperclassmen and leaders in academia and industry.
About the lab
Harvard OpenBio works closely with the SEAS Active Learning Lab staff. We host projects and events in the wet lab space at the new Science and Engineering Complex. Learn more about the resources that the Active Learning Labs provides here!
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Chemical fume hoods
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Cell incubators
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Imaging systems and microscopes
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Research possibilities
Environmental Engineering Active Learning Lab space, which is generously provided by Harvard SEAS
Current Projects
We support projects that use biology to create useful experiments, products, or technologies that address the world's problems or advance our appreciation for biology. At the beginning of each semester, students can submit proposals to join our cohort, which will be reviewed by the OpenBio executive board and our faculty advisors.
Board of Advisors
David Mooney
Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at Harvard SEAS
Tony Kulesa
Principal at Pillar VC, Co-Founder of Petri Bio
About University
A place for learning, discovery, innovation, expression and discourse, the campus is full of life and is always active with events and get-togethers.
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Testimonials
Safe to say you will be part of the history created at University. Our alumni have lived the best of their lives here. Hereā€™s what they had to say.
It is almost impossible to not like the welcoming nature of University. University has taken me on a self-realizing journey over the four year program. I was an exchange student from X university, and I ended up learning a lot from University.
Mary Jane
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Project Manager at Walmart
University has taken me on a self-realizing journey over the four year program. I was also truly amazed by the fact that the laboratory facilities here and this will always be my second home.
Ben Parker
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Research Assistant at XYZ
I was an exchange student from X university, Germany and I have to appreciate the hospitality of the people of University. It is almost impossible to not like the welcoming nature of University.
May White
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Product Developer at ABC
It is almost impossible to not like the welcoming nature of University. University has taken me on a self-realizing journey over the four year program. I was an exchange student from X university, and I ended up learning a lot from University.
Mary Jane
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Project Manager at Walmart
University has taken me on a self-realizing journey over the four year program. I was also truly amazed by the fact that the laboratory facilities here and this will always be my second home.
Ben Parker
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Research Assistant at XYZ
I was an exchange student from X university, Germany and I have to appreciate the hospitality of the people of University. It is almost impossible to not like the welcoming nature of University.
May White
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Product Developer at ABC