For Harvard Students

To become part of QBio, current Harvard graduate students or postdocs in any Science or Engineering discipline are encouraged to apply for scientific training or financial support. Students & postdocs are also welcome to attend our Thursday seminar series. Subscribe here:



The Quantitative Biology Initiative offers salary and tuition support to Harvard PhD students to pursue research projects at the interface of biology, mathematics, engineering & computation. Students receiving awards will be expected to participate in seminars, retreats, and workshops of the Initiative. Deadline: April 23, 2021. Award: 25-100% of stipend and tuition (depending on commitment level and need) from 07/01/2021 to 06/30/2022. Criteria: Applications should discuss the proposed research and how it fits into the aims of QBio. We welcome students whose work involves collaboration between two PIs, one of whose expertise is in biology and the other in mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics. Application: To apply, please submit materials here by April 23, 2021.



The FAS Informatics group is running the following workshops this spring:

1. Introduction to Bioinformatics. March 17th & March 19th. This workshop will cover a basic introduction to file formats, UNIX commands, data manipulation, and other aspects of bioinformatics pipelines. No prior experience necessary. Register here.

2. Introduction to Single cell analysis. March 24th & March 26th. This workshop will cover an introduction to single-cell analysis, from data preprocessing through visualization, with a focus on scRNA-seq data. Some familiarity with R is required. Register here.

3. Differential expression with RNA-seq data. March 31st and April 2nd. This workshop will cover analysis of differential expression using bulk RNA-seq data; although scRNA-seq data will not be the focus many approaches have cross-applicability. Some familiarity with R is required. Register here.

4. Read Mapping and Variant Calling. April 14th and April 16th. This workshop will cover mapping DNA resequencing reads to a reference genome, and subsequent identification of polymorphic sites. Some familiarity with R and the Unix command line is required. Register here.

ALL courses will meet from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm on both days, and will meet in Room 100, 38 Oxford St. All courses will require an FASRC cluster account.



We are pleased to offer two complementary series of Scientific Writing Workshops:

  • Communicating with Humans Outside Your Discipline: Emphasis on writing for general audiences (explainer pieces, opinion pieces, personal narratives, etc). Email: stephenson at with the Subject line: Scientific Writing for more info.
  • Communicating with Humans Inside Your Discipline: Emphasis on writing for scientific audiences (abstracts, grants, press releases). Email with the Subject line: Scientific Writing for more info.