Visiting Faculty Program

A grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute funds the Visiting Faculty Program at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. This program provides underrepresented minority scientists with the opportunity to participate in a research project of mutual interest to the faculty member and to Broad scientists. Visiting faculty will apply state-of-the-art approaches to data generation and analysis. Research topics will be selected to promote their continuation at the home institution.

Each faculty member will be active in the Broad community with access to research resources, seminars, and scientific meetings. Visiting faculty will also be provided with a competitive stipend, a housing and travel allowance, and career guidance and mentoring.

Interested faculty should submit their C.V. and a statement of research and career interests indicating overlap with Broad research activities. The program is open to US citizens or permanent residents. Applications are reviewed throughout the year.


For more information, interested applicants should contact:

Diversity Initiative
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
7 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
T: 617-714-7000
F: 617-714-7897
E: diversity@broadinstitute.org

Dr. Cedric Buckley, PhD, 2006 Visiting Faculty

"My experience this summer at the Broad Institute has been very rewarding on two major fronts: First, I have acquired new skills and tools (including a bit of PERL programming) that will be put to immediate use upon my return to Jackson State University. There, I manage the Laboratory for the Study of Viral Evolution – more affectionately known as the LOVE lab. We have been very interested in learning more about possible patterns of viral genome evolution in Hepatitis C virus."


Over the summer of 2006, our first visiting faculty member was Dr. Cedric Buckley, PhD in Microbiology and Genetics from Jackson State University (JSU). Dr. Buckley worked with the Genome Analysis Program to investigate Dengue virus sequence conservation. During this time, he learned the basics of Perl programming and how to use several alignment/visualization tools, including CALHOUN. He presented his research findings to Broad scientists and plans to continue working on this collaborative project from JSU.

Dr. Buckley also participated in a session with our undergraduate research students to discuss specific issues encountered by under-represented minorities in science. JSU plans to contribute to the comparative analysis of Dengue viral sequence data generated by the Broad Institute.
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