Junior Bootcamp

The SiR Junior Research Bootcamp is a unique course that is taken during an elective block in the first month of the trainee’s junior year.  It exposes trainees to the larger BWH scientific community by providing access to a number of physician-scientists in the Boston area in both formal and informal settings.  This course consists of a number of scientific lectures to provide trainees with exposure to the research conducted in and around BWH and abroad as well as reignite an interest in science, informal discussions with phsycian-scientists at all stages of their careers to provide guidance and insight on their path in medicine and investigation, as well as social events to further help trainees engage with scientific community and their like-minded colleagues.

Reflections from Prior Attendees

“I appreciate the opportunity to hear from incredible speakers and the chance to interact with other science-oriented residents.”

“This was a great mix of career and science talks, coupled with exposure to numerous excellent physician scientists.”

“I loved the career advice and meeting incredible researchers in diverse fields. This gave me a chance to catch up on areas of science that have grown tremendously while I have been out of the lab.”

Summer 2019 Curriculum

Tuesday 7/9

Clinician scientist careers in genetics, genomics and population science: Lessons from the front lines from the Framingham Heart Study to Mega-Biobanks including the Million Veteran Program


Career Paths in Hematology

Christopher O’Donnell


Nikhil Wagle

Nancy Berliner

Wednesday 7/10

Stromal Regulation of Immune Cell Function

Reading & writing DNA: from wild ideas to clinically relevant

Chemical biological and genomic approaches to infection


Nora Barrett

George Church

Deborah Hung

Thursday  7/11

Atrial Fibrillation: Genetics, Mechanisms and Therapeutics


Science in Residency (SiR) Research Projects

*SiR Reception @ Cafeteria Boston*


Patrick Ellinor

David Braun

Andrew Stergachis

Friday  7/12

New Technologies for Undruggable Targets

Life Talk

Pathways regulating hematopoietic stem cell self-renewal and migration: A Path from Clinical Fellow to Professor


Jay Bradner

Anna Greka

Len Zon

Monday 7/15

From thalidomide to breakthrough cancer drugs: the development of degraders as a new class of therapeutics

Beyond Autoantibodies and CRPs

From GVL to Personal Cancer Vaccines: A Journey in Translational Immunology


Ben Ebert

Deepak Rao

Catherine Wu


Tuesday 7/16

Cohesin Mutations in Leukemia at the Intersection of Transcriptional Control, DNA Damage and Chromatin Architecture

The Dean Does Science

How The World Works


Zuzana Tothova 

George Daley

Becky Baron

Wednesday 7/17

Network Medicine and Drug Development



*Tour of Vertex*


Joseph Loscalzo

Lisa Henske

Raj Gupta

David Altshuler

Thursday  7/18

(Reflections on a Life in Biomedicine)

(Show me the money: the paths to research funding & How to give a great presentation)



Betsy Nabel

Thomas Michel

Joel Krier

Friday 7/19

My path through engineering, science, medicine, the BWH and MIT

Regulation of Liver Growth

*SiR Panel*


Elazer Edelman

Wolfram Goessling

SiR Graduates

Monday 7/22

(Gene Control 2019: Basic Science and Clinical Translation)

Mitochondrial disease:  towards a therapy from thin air


John Stamatoyannopoulos

Vamsi Mootha