Finding a Lab

Step 1: Search for a lab. The best method is to start your search on the web. Here are some helpful links:

  • Neurobiology/MCB/CBS labs on the Harvard Campus:
  • Harvard Brain Science Initiative:<
  • Neurobiology website at Harvard Medical School (HMS) has a general site that lists many faculty who have neurobiology research labs, both in Cambridge and at the various hospitals around Boston. Use their links at left to search by technique or research question:<
  • The Harvard psychology department. Make sure the lab is doing ‘cognitive science’ ie, using an imaging method (fMRI, MRI, DTI, PET, EEG, etc).<
  • Harvard’s MBB site lists some neuro labs that are looking for students:<
  • Search the Harvard Hospital research centers (check with us if you are unsure whether the lab is “neuro enough”):
    • Brigham and Women’s:<
    • Beth Israel:<
    • Dana Farber Cancer Center:<
    • MGH:
      • Neurodegenerative Disease:<
      • Martinos Imaging Center:<
      • Neurodevelopmental Disorders:<
      • Language and Reading:<
  • Google or PubMed is a great way to find a lab! Enter your topic of interest plus “Harvard”, so for example, “autism Harvard”. And look at the website or last author on the articles that appear.
  • You might check out Harvard's Catalyst site, which helps match researchers with Harvard labs. The site has some quirks, but one great feature is that you can refine your search to a specific location such as "MGH". You can try searching with key words here:

This is not a comprehensive list. Students have found labs in the psych, chem, and engineering departments. Feel free to search and let us know when you decide.

In addition to these online resources, Margaret Lynch, our Undergraduate Research Advisor is available to meet with students who are early in their lab search. Check out the resources on the “Research Advising<” website.

Step 2: Generate a list of labs and make contact.

We recommend that you identify anywhere from 3-10 labs that interest you. If you’d like help refining your list or would like input on the labs you have selected, Dr. Draft or Dr. Magnotti will be happy to go over your list in a meeting. You may also wish to talk to students in those labs.

When you are ready to contact a lab, you should send an email to the research director (also called lab head or “PI” – principal investigator). You should first read these very helpful tips provided on the Life Sciences Research page< that talk about how to find and approach labs.

What is Harvard Negotiation Project?
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Step 3: Begin your research.

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