Global Exchange Opportunities

Students are given a unique opportunity to do a summer rotation  during their G1 year in different laboratories across Europe.

Student Experiences:

“Going to the Karolinska Insitute in Stockholm, Sweden was the best way I could have spent my summer after my first year. On top of making new friends, it offered an excellent opportunity to complement my research interest. In my case, I worked at a lab specialized in human adipose tissue and improved my histological techniques working with such a fragile tissue, which complements well with my future work in mouse. The internship helped me get a feeling of the academic environment in Europe/Sweden. The lab was extremely welcoming and made me feel at home, and the students generously shared their knowledge and perspectives with me. Communication was not an issue since English is the primary language in labs, and I didn’t feel hindered living in the city not speaking Swedish. It also doesn’t hurt that Stockholm is gorgeous during summer with its rivers and archipelago, which made great weekends throughout our stay." Tianli Xiao, PhD Student

Carlos Donado, Charles Evavold & Rachel Cotton. iTarget retreat June 2015, in Lake Chiemsee

"Harvard Immunology's partnership with the immunotargeting of cancer program "iTarget" at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) and Technical University of Munich (TUM) was a great chance to meet our European immunology colleagues, make new friends, and to get a feeling for the academic research environment in Germany, where academic and industry partnerships seem much more common than here in the United States. My classmates and I met with iTarget students and faculty and attended the iTarget program retreat where we heard about ongoing research in innate immunity and cancer immunotherapy. Later that fall, we got to return the favor when several iTarget students traveled to attend the Harvard Immunology retreat.  

     I didn't study abroad as an undergraduate (too busy doing research!) so it was wonderful to get to travel to Germany through the Immunology Program. I love that the Harvard Immunology Program sees our participation in the global research community as part of our graduate training."  Rachel Cotton, PhD Student