Talk: From Synapses to Students: One Neuroscientist’s Professional Journey Making Connections in STEM


Friday, March 22, 2024 - 12:00 to 13:00


Seminar Room C700


During this brownbag session, Dr. Tan will describe her professional journey from graduate school studying neuroscience to her current position in higher education leadership. She will discuss some of the work that she does and will offer advice to trainees interested in further exploring career opportunities in the teaching / higher education administration space. Dr. Tan will be joined by Dr. Ian McLachlan, a Scientist at the Boston area-based Rgenta Therapeutics, who will similarly describe his career trajectory and his work in the biotech industry. Dr. McLachlan earned his PhD in Neurobiology at Harvard University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at MIT before beginning his current role at Rgenta.

Session format: in person, please bring your own lunch (OIST community only).

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Dr. Taralyn Tan

Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Scholarship in the Office for Graduate Education at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Taralyn (Tari) Tan serves as the Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Scholarship in the Office for Graduate Education at Harvard Medical School, where she is also a Lecturer on Neurobiology. In these roles Dr. Tan leads educational programs including an NIH-funded neuroscience post-baccalaureate program (PiNBAC) and a neuroscience partnership between Harvard Medical School and Morehouse School of Medicine, she teaches courses on neuroscience and pedagogy, she engages in education scholarship related to inclusive pedagogy and student metacognition, and she runs a variety of workshops for trainees and faculty to build institutional capacity for effective mentorship and inclusive teaching practices. Dr. Tan earned her PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University and completed an education-focused postdoctoral program as a Curriculum Fellow at Harvard Medical School. She served as Director of Education, and later Associate Director, of the Harvard PhD Program in Neuroscience prior to beginning her current position. Dr. Tan is passionate about increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. During her fellowship at C-Hub, she will be collaborating with OIST to develop an innovative course centered on integrating diversity and inclusion into neuroscience curricula, and giving workshops on Designing Inclusive STEM Training Environments, Supporting Women in STEM, and discussions on career pathways.

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