3 positions are posted.

Application forms are available here:

Teaching Fellows – Harvard Graduate Students

Teaching Assistants – Postdocs, Staff, or non-Harvard Graduate Students

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Course Description

This course teaches fundamental concepts in cell biology in the context of several individual life histories drawn from different parts of the world. Each life case focuses on key aspects of human development, growth, aging and disease while providing a nuanced view of the interplay between the life sciences, geography and culture. For example, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS in South Asia is used to explore mucosal immunity and the basis for estimating relative infection risk, while a comparative discussion of aging in the United States and Japan is used to explore diet, cellular metabolism, and their relationship to protein damage and turnover. Each case delves into the cell biology of major biological events across the life history of a human being from different geographical and cultural backgrounds.


  • Attend a half-day TF/TA training session prior to the start of the semester (sometime mid-January)
  • Attend all lectures: T/Thu 10:30 – 11:45 am
  • Attend weekly 30-minute to 1-hr staff meetings
  • Run a weekly 75-minute discussion section
  • Hold weekly 1 hr office hours
  • Grade exams and final presentation
  • Care about the well-being of our motivated students

To Apply

Fill out an application and email it along with a current CV to Jessica Liu, liu9@fas.harvard.edu.  Applicants who are currently Harvard graduate students should fill out the “teaching fellow” application.  Applicants who are not currently Harvard graduate students should fill out the “teaching assistant” application.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until positions are filled.