When is our next Open Labs Science Café event?

Event date & time: April 28, 2017, 1:00pm


Location / Parking: 
260 Longwood Avenue
The Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC)
Harvard Medical School Campus
Boston, MA 02115

Event description
Join us for our Science Café where graduate students will provide fun talks about their research while you enjoy healthy snacks and healthier conversation. Talks are approximately 8-10 minutes long and are geared towards the general public. Following the talks, graduate students will be available to answer questions about scientific research and college preparation. 

Featured Speakers

Keith grew up in Texas, and along with his three sisters, enjoys working on his grandparent's farm whenever he's back at home.

In his research, he creates micro- and nano-technologies that can be used as biosensors, drug-screening platforms, brain-computer interfaces, and in other biomedical studies. As part of a team at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, he also develops single-photon imagers for laser radar and space applications. Keith enjoys learning new things and teaching others, 3D-printing as often as possible, and writing about a variety of topics.

Keith Krenek, G2

Applied Physics: In this presentation, I aim to share an excitement for brain-computer interfaces because these technologies promise significant improvements in our daily lives, especially in healthcare and how we communicate with electronics. More specifically, I'll explain what a brain-computer interface is, show examples of how these technologies are currently used, and describe how my research contributes to the field. In this way, I hope students are inspired by pondering the ways in which they might be using brain-computer interfaces in the future.

The human body can be thought of like Russian nesTIng dolls, beauTIfully organized on different scales. For example, the body has many organs, each organ has disTInct funcTIonal TIssues, and each TIssue has A set of disTInct, funcTIonalize organized cells. In the lab, John uses engineering to organize the different cells in the heart to create funcTIonal TIssues. Although he is a first-year graduate student, his ulTImate goal is to incorporate another length scale and combine TIssues into organs!

John grew up hiking and surfing in Santa Cruz, CA while also kayaking, and playing basketball in SeaTTle, WA. Thanks to the beauTIful nature that surround his childhood homes, outside the lab he is always looking for the next adventure.

John Ahrens, G1

Bioengineering: I am going to share a research project in which we are using 3D printers to create thick vascularized cardiac tissue. The first part of this project is to understand stem cell biology and how stem cells can be “pushed” or differentiated into heart cells. The second step is to understand how cells are organized in tissues inside the body. Replicating this organization in the alb is where our engineering meets stem cell biology! This goal of creating thick tissues is very important because it could help regenerate the heart after people have heart attacks, potentially saving millions of lives.

Zoe Todd is a second year graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard. As an undergraduate, she studied astrophysics, biochemistry, and physics, and is conTInuing to work in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology to tackle quesTIons of life in the universe. Her research focuses on the planetary constraints for certain prebioTIc reacTIons, with the aim of constraining where life may be possible.

In Zoe’s spare TIme, she enjoys riding her pony.

Zoe Todd, G2

Astrobiology: In our attempts to find life off Earth, we often approach this by looking with telescopes or visiting other planets/moon. My talk addresses another possibility for studying life’s plausibility: synthesizing it in the lab. Laboratory studies over the past 50 years or so have made tremendous progress towards giving possible solutions for various problems or issues in the emergence of life, though much work remains to be done.


Harvard Team

Co-Directors: Ian Weaver & Munazza Alam

Treasurer: Sandy Yuan

Interested in becoming a fellow of Open Labs?

Please fill out the form below for more information and if you are a Harvard graduate student interested in joining the team as a speaker and/or coordinator. Speaker auditions are over. 

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For any additional questions, contact: gsasharvard.openlabs@gmail.com