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Harvard Retreat 2010: Remigio Picone
As part of the collaboration process between CoMPLEX and Harvard Medical School I had the chance to join the Harvard System Biology retreat on the 14 and 15 of May 2010.
The retreat was organized in Sebasco, a
wonderful harbour resort on the Maine’s Midcoast of the US. Besides the
scientists and student from System Biology department in Harvard Medical School
, it was also attended by students from MIT Boston and CoMPLEX – UCL London.
It was a great chance for me to meet the
scientists who have introduced and gave the major contributions to the system
biology field. During the retreat I was able to present a poster, and found
very motivating for my work as future scientist to receive advice and words of
appreciation about my research. It was also a good opportunity to meet other
students and exchange experiences, collaborations and friendship.
After the retreat, I extended my trip in
Boston for a couple of days in order to visit labs and check the possibility of
a future postdoc position. What impressed me most in Harvard, besides their
science, was the level of interaction
between people and the different labs, which, in my opinion, makes the Harvard
System Biology department a unique “system” environment for doing research.
During my visits I had the chance to give talks about my research in Harvard
System Biology, in the Broad Institute (Harvard & MIT) and in MIT. I really
enjoyed to present my work and to learn about other people projects.
In conclusion, this experience was
extremely important for my future career. I am positive to have established important collaborations that will be
fruitful for my present PhDPlus project, and, now I am seriously considering
spending a postdoc period in US and maybe in Harvard or MIT.
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