From the lab to the archive, from academia to public service, GSAS students and alumni are making discoveries and contributing new knowledge.

Xiawei Wang
Journey away from the city and electric lights and, with the help of a small telescope, you can see the astronomical objects that populate the universe: galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. And between these objects is the seemingly empty...Read more
Christalyn Rhodes
Normal airway epithelial cells do not move much when cultured in a lab plate. In fact, they become jammed, forming a solid-looking layer of cells. Surprisingly, the same cells from asthma patients behave differently. They are unjammed, moving around...Read more
Frederick Reece
When we hear the words “musical forgery,” we might erroneously picture instances of plagiarism, such as the recent court cases involving Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines (verdict: plagiarism) and Led Zeppelin’s ...Read more
Evander Price
It’s perhaps the most ubiquitous interview question: “Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?” But what if instead of a handful of years, you’re asked to picture yourself 10,000 years into the future? What would (or...Read more
Shay Neufeld
The multi-armed bandit problem does not refer to a Western-style outlaw with extra limbs. Rather, it is a probability problem where a gambler is confronted by a row of slot machines (the bandits) each with a different reward probability. The gambler...Read more
Nancy Khalil
In 2014, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury, which serves a large immigrant community, began its search for a new imam, the spiritual guide of Muslim communities. Their search would take almost a full year and is a great...Read more
John Harpham
In the 17th century, the maps of Africa current in England were beautifully colored and intricately detailed. They divided the continent into almost a dozen regions, each one dotted with cities and kingdoms. “Long before Europeans learned to...Read more
Robin Gong
The journey of a drug from research lab to patient takes an average of 12 years. New drugs go through years of development, animal testing, three rounds of clinical trials, and numerous safety committees before it is deemed safe to be placed on the...Read more
Jeff Teigler
Jeffrey Teigler has long been fascinated by the interface between virology and immunology. He initially came to Harvard to try to understand how viruses such as SARS and bird flu cross the species barrier to infect humans, and why some people become...Read more
Aaron Kuan
Ten years after the completion of the Human Genome Project, says Aaron Kuan, the real promise of genomics—personalized medicine based on an individual’s unique DNA makeup—has yet to be fulfilled. “When people think of sequencing, they sometimes...Read more