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Course Description
Neuro/MCB 80 aims to provide an in-depth introduction into the fundamentals of the brain and neuroscience. The teaching staff, lead by Professor Jeff Lichtman, aims to provide a biologically inspired conceptual framework for thinking about how the brain works. The course begins by taking a close look at the nuts and bolts of neurons and signaling and then moves on to explore a few networks including sensory systems and motor systems before finishing with neurodevelopment, and “higher” cognitive topics.
We will be modifying the structure of the course and applying what we have learned the past several years. This year the course will be a hybrid or partially “flipped” format. Students will be responsible to watch 2 asynchronous lectures (or lecture equivalents) each week online. Then throughout the semester, Tuesday in class “lectures” will feature demonstrations, guest lectures and activities that apply the concepts discussed in the video lectures. Thursdays will be optional. The in class “lectures” will be a review and an opportunity for the students to ask questions to the course leaders. The weekly discussion sections will be lead by you the TF, where students  will discuss the material, work in small groups, practice problems, and try small neuroscience labs and demos.
There are no pre-requisites for the class and it is the foundational course for students who plan to concentrate in Neuroscience.
  • Watch/review video lectures and understand the material
  • Prepare and lead a weekly 75 min discussion section (in person) on Thursdays or Fridays for ~16 students
  • Grade assignments including problem sets each week
  • Hold weekly or biweekly office hours
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Answer emails, help monitor the online chat boards/answer student questions
  • Help prepare exam questions, monitor/check Canvas
  • Help with the Neuroscience Activity Fair: Tuesday, September
  • Proctor Exams – Midterm 10/18 10:30-11:45, Final TBA
  • Optional: Attend in person guest lectures and review sessions T, Th 10:30-11:45
  • Class runs 9/1 – 12/1. Final will be held during exam period: 12/8-12/17
Total commitment ~10-15 hrs/week
We will hold training sessions in August, featuring: teaching scientific course material, grading, leading group work and a micro-section practice. Training sessions are planned for 8/3 or 8/4. You would only need to attend one of the sessions and alternate arrangements can be made as needed.
To Apply or for questions 
Contact Neuroscience Preceptor: Kathleen Quast (kquast@fas.harvard.edu)


Life Sciences 1a: An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology

Course description:

Life Sciences 1a is a fall-semester survey course that integrates general chemistry, organic chemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology at the introductory level. The course is large (typically about 350 students), with the majority of students being freshmen. The focus is on the fundamental features of living systems, with topics including intermolecular interactions, thermodynamics, acidity, (first-order) kinetics, the central dogma, cell signaling, enzyme catalysis, and transport across membranes. These concepts are then applied to consider drug design and discovery.


  • Lectures: 09/01/2022 – 12/01/2022
  • Section: 09/05/2021 – 12/02/2021


  • Attend lectures
  • Attend staff meetings (1 hour/week)
  • Prepare and lead one discussion & laboratory section (~3 hours) per week (12 sections/semester; size: ~12-16 students)
  • Grade and return assignments (i.e. problem sets, lab assignments, course project)
  • Hold office hours (1 hour/week/section).
  • Proctor midterms and/or final exam, potentially help pre-run exams.
  • Be available by email to answer student questions throughout the semester.
  • Attend two days of TF training in August (8/10 & 8/11, 9-5pm)

Total time commitment is 0.4 FTE

To apply:

Please email lsci1a@fas.harvard.edu and include your CV. We will be conducting interviews and hiring primarily in the months of May and June. Final hiring is contingent on student enrollment.

2022 Summer: Online or In-Person TFs

BIOS S50: Foundations of Neuroscience (Offered online and in-person)

Course Description: This course explores the brain at the level of molecules, cells, circuits, and behavior. Topics include the function of nerve cells (electrical properties, ion channels, synaptic integration, and neural networks), sensory and motor systems, development, learning and memory, emotion, sleep, and mental illness.

Key Details:
– The course starts Weds June 22 and ends Weds Aug 3 (7 weeks) 3:15-6:15 PM
– There are 6 sections (one per week except the final week).

TF responsibilities:
– Attend lecture or watch online; attend weekly 30 min. staff meeting (online; after class on Wednesdays)
– Run one 60 minute pre-planned section (brain dissection, review, paper discussion) on Thurs or Friday.
– One office hour per week per section.
– Answering student emails and grading weekly assignments (lecture questions, 1 Problem Set, 2 reading homeworks, 1 review article).

To Apply for a Position: Please email to Ryan Draft: draft@fas.harvard.edu.