Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

ROBERT A LUE

Lue
Director of Life Sciences Education
Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Tutor in Biochemical Sciences
Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Bok Center

Email: lue@harvard.edu
Phone: 617-495-9924

Mail: BL 1081
The Biological Labs
16 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA  02138

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Courses

MCB 54. Cell Biology
Catalog Number: 801  View Course Website
Term: Spring Term 2013-2014.   Credit: Half course.
Instructors: Vladimir Denic, Robert Lue
Course Level: Primarily for Undergraduates
Description: An integrated introduction to the structure, function, and interactions of cells. Topics covered include: membrane structure and transport, receptors and channels, protein targeting, cytoskeleton, cell cycle, signal transduction, cell migration, cell growth and death, cell adhesion, cell polarity, embryogenesis, organogenesis, and stem cells.
Note: Laboratory and discussion sessions focus on problem solving and evaluation of data. A series of linked laboratory exercises provides exposure to several techniques commonly used in cell biology and developmental biology. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Science of Living Systems or the Core area requirement for Science B.
Prerequisite(s): Life and Physical Sciences A or Life Sciences 1a; Life Sciences 1b recommended.
Meetings: M., W., F., at 10, and one laboratory/discussion session weekly.
LIFESCI 1a. An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology
Catalog Number: 2137  View Course Website
Term: Fall Term 2013-2014.   Credit: Half course.
Instructors: Daniel Kahne, Richard Losick, Robert Lue
Course Level: Primarily for Undergraduates
Description: What are the fundamental features of living systems? What are the molecules imparting them and how do their chemical properties explain their biological roles? The answers form a basis for understanding the molecules of life, the cell, diseases, and medicines. In contrast with traditional presentations of relevant scientific disciplines in separate courses, we take an integrated approach, presenting chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology framed within central problems such as the biology of HIV and cancer.
Note: For more information about the assignment process, please see the course website in the fall. This course, in combination with Life Sciences 1b, constitutes an integrated introduction to the Life Sciences. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement in Science of Living Systems or the Core area requirement for Science A.
Meetings: Tu., Th., 1–2:30;
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Research

Our research focuses on defining and assessing how large research universities such as Harvard can more effectively foster new generations of scientists as well as science-literate citizens. Undergraduate education in the life sciences at Harvard has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years. Life sciences education now encompasses collaboration between seven departments: Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Human Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Psychology, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, and Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Noteworthy results of this collaboration include a novel, interdisciplinary set of foundation courses and a coordinated cluster of undergraduate concentrations that allows students to develop their interests in coherent areas of inquiry within the life sciences.

Our research on the knowledge, habits of mind, and skill-sets that we hope to foster in students is organized around three critical facets of 21st century science. We believe that in addition to the role of Researcher, every good scientist also assumes the additional roles of Educator and Citizen. Too often these roles are viewed as competing with one another. We believe this is entirely unwarranted and that developing ways to promote synergy between the three roles is an essential part of training future scientists. To this end, our group seeks to develop and assess new methods to foster all three roles that together define a worthwhile life in science.

To foster future scientists as Researchers, our current projects focus on new hands-on opportunities for undergraduates that include interdisciplinary connections between fields. In addition, we continue to develop novel multimedia tools that enable students to more rigorously interrogate models as they combine data from different experimental approaches.

To foster future scientists as Educators, our current projects focus on ways to make teaching and mentoring a more integral part of how we train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

To foster future scientists as Citizens, we are developing mechanisms for supporting the involvement of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in a range of science outreach activities. Current projects focus on ways to motivate and retain high school teachers, and to sustain long-term mentoring relationships with the children of neighboring communities.

For more information on some of our projects:

Bio Visions at Harvard

Harvard Life Sciences Outreach Program

Undergraduate Education in the Life Sciences

Cyberbridge

Harvard Allston Education Portal

updated: 04/15/2014