Lab Rotations


With nearly 60 participating faculty labs, the MCO program provides an invaluable opportunity for graduate students to observe and participate in a variety of laboratory environments.  During the first year, students complete three 8-week lab rotations, which expose them to a wide range of research concepts, techniques, and model systems. Additionally, these rotations offer networking opportunities and usher MCO graduate students into an extended community of Harvard scientists. Ultimately these immersive experiences will inform each student’s selection of a lab best suited to his or her doctoral research.

Finding a Lab Rotation

Opportunities to explore potential lab rotations include:

  • Attending presentations by program faculty during orientation and lab open houses during the fall or meeting lab members during departmental retreats
  • Meeting with a neutral advisor at the beginning of September
  • Participating in the The Model Systems Jamboree
  • Scheduling individual meetings with prospective faculty mentors