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MCB/NEURO 148: The Neurobiology of Pain, Fall 2020 (times to be determined)
This course explores the neurobiological systems and mechanisms underlying both acute and chronic pain. Topics will include nociceptive/sensory systems, molecular basis and modulation of pain, neuroanatomy of peripheral and central pain circuits, pain pathologies, pharmacological and non pharmacological treatments.  The emphasis is on understanding basic neurobiological concepts underlying pain systems and reading/discussing the primary scientific research in the field.
TF duties include leading the discussion section, helping students prepare journal club style presentations, holding office hours, grading, and (optional) giving a lecture during the semester. Research background in pain-related neuroscience is not required, but a background in molecular or cellular neuroscience is helpful. For more information, contact Dr. Ryan Draft (draft@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 course that integrates general chemistry, organic chemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology at the introductory level. The course is large (typically about 320 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 drug design. These concepts are then applied to the treatment of HIV infection.


  • Lectures: 9/3/2020 – 12/3/2020
  • Section: 9/9/2020 – 12/4/2020



  • Attend all lectures.
  • Attend all staff meetings
  • Prepare and lead one discussion/laboratory section (~3 hours) per week(12 sections in total; size: ~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.
  • Attend two days of TF training in August (8/10 & 8/11)


Total commitment is 10-12 hours per week


To apply:

Please email at lsci1a@fas.harvard.edu and include your CV. We will be conducting interviews and hiring primarily in the months of May and June.

None listed. Email individual instructors to inquire about opportunities.