2019 BioResearch Academy

Real cutting-edge experiments under a professor's direct supervision
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What Will I Gain As A Crimson BioAcademy Fellow?

Think Like an Advanced Researcher

Through innovative curriculum developed by our faculty leader Prof. Kunes, hone your research intuition and creative problem-solving skills by “reliving” key biology research breakthroughs  

Intensive Lab Research

Extensive work with state-of-the-art equipment in the Harvard University laboratory, working both individually and in groups

Peer-Review Journal Literate

Develop advanced research literacy through readings and discussions of published biological science research papers

Communicate as a Scientist

Improve science communication skills through discussions led by Dr. Kunes

Peers Who Will Inspire You

Make life-long memories and friends who share your passion and curiosity for the biological sciences

Individual Assessment

Receive a final qualitative assessment from direct evaluation by Prof. Kunes and other faculty
The BioResearch Core

Innovative Biology Research Core Curriculum

The groundbreaking “BioResearch Core” curriculum draws upon Classic Papers in biology to re-create real research challenges and hone students’ creative problem-solving through original thinking, just as past world-class scientists have done. Combined with intensive laboratory work, original research project design, and an intimate community of like-minded peers, the 2019 BioResearch Academy offers a fully-immersive, transformative experience for future pioneers in biology research.

Teaching Staff

Sam, Professor

Your professor is a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and an expert in the field of vision and the brain. He has 24 years of teaching experience, and each Fall he offers an undergraduate course on neurobiology and the brain. He also is a Freshman Advisor, each year counseling a new group of freshmen on the transition to college life and studies. He is passionate about inspiring young scientists to think with creative problem solving skills to make greater future contributions through research.

More information can be found here


Soon, Teaching Fellow

Research Biography: I study how protein-protein interactions (PPIs) can be targeted by small molecule drugs. One of major bottlenecks for developing PPI drugs is the lack of robust high-throughput technologies that can systemically identify drug-like compounds against PPIs in human proteome, given the fact that there are a large numbers of PPIs in the human proteome (~600,000 estimate) and vast chemical space for small molecules. To this end, I’ve been developing and employing state-of-art PPI technologies including Nanoluc-two-hybrid, DNA-barcoded PPI assay, and reverse yeast two-hybrid that can measure the formation and disruption of PPIs by compounds in high-throughput fashions with high sensitivity. Attaining the ability to specifically modulate PPIs by small molecules will help us to develop novel drugs for various human diseases including cancers and will lead to deeper understanding of human protein interactome network.


Lorena, Residential Advisor, Assistant Teaching Fellow

Hi! I graduated Harvard this past May with a degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. During my time at Harvard, I conducted research in synthetic biology, a field of bioengineering that uses genetic editing to “reprogram” organisms to do particular functions. For example, in my senior thesis, I constructed a CRISPR system that reversibly represses a target gene in bacteria. In 2016, I was on the Harvard iGEM team. Our project sought to engineer bacteria to degrade a type of plastic called PET. We also showed that one of the degradation byproducts could be used in a microbial fuel cell, producing small amounts of voltage. I worked on the genetic engineering portion of this project, but I’d be happy to talk to you about any part of it. Though my research experiences were in synthetic biology, many of my classes were about stem cell and regenerative biology, such as pluripotent stem cell generation. Outside of lab, I like to read novels, paint, and try new ice cream flavors. I’m excited to meet you!


Gerda, Residential Advisor

Hi, everyone! I was born and raised in Lithuania, where I attended high school and fell in love with science. During my junior year, I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in an exchange program at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This experience encouraged me to apply to American colleges and that is how I ended up at Harvard! I graduated in May with a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, a secondary degree in Global Health and Health Policy as well as a foreign language citation in Russian. I have just started working as a clinical research coordinator with Partners Personalized Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. My long-term goals involve applying to medical school, becoming a doctor and going on as many adventures as I can along the way. ☺ I am incredibly excited to work with all of you during the upcoming 3 weeks, get to know you both in academic and personal context, help you explore your scientific interests as well as answer any questions you have about biology, Harvard, and beyond!


Pei, Camp Director

I look forward to meeting you all! I took interest in biology at an early age, having grown up in a family of biologists. In the Duke University Medical Center’s Hematology Department, I worked on Huntington’s Disease research as a first-year undergraduate and graduated with focus in political theory, economics, and Spanish. Inspired by an education psychology course at Duke and compelled to learn my native language, I pursued work in comparative higher education in China and then helped lead an education start-up from infancy to maturity at a national-scale. Developing education programs that have shaped the lives of thousands of passionate students across the world has affirmed my appreciation for the extraordinary work of human development and the belief that education is the soul of all other industries. My intellectual side enjoys insight from governance, management, and pedagogical theories, and my belly loves food, particularly varieties that provoke day-after bouts of self-questioning. I enjoy all genres of music (try me!), clairvoyant science-fiction, and chasing after a ball with friends on a grass field in a way that could qualify as soccer.


– Limited to 12 slots globally

– Highly motivated students entering Grade 11 or 12. Younger students with advance biology preparation may apply for consideration on case-by-case basis

– Engaged students who can complete lengthy readings of research papers and participate in complex discussion

– Students with a passion for biology and a strong desire to develop their skillset as college-level and professional biological researchers
We encourage you to just apply to share your case for candidacy, or leave a comment in the inquiry box below.
What Makes the BioResearch Academy community unique?

Gifted students don’t learn from instructors or curriculum alone. Social learning with intellectual peers is a critical part of discovery at the highest levels. The Crimson BioAcademy gathers the most advanced students in biology from across the world to learn from collaborators who will inspire, challenge, and bond with each other. Whether your background is in biology competitions, conducting your own research experiments, or unyielding reading into biology topics, if you have a certain advanced background in molecular and cellular biology, you will find an intellectual incubator like no other here at the Crimson BioAcademy. Come celebrate the joy (and hard work) of discovery with us!

Currier House

Currier House is a historic Harvard residential hall where all Crimson BioAcademy students will reside together, creating a true college residential community experience. In this home, you may bond over late-night discussions and community activities with your friends and R.A.

Testimonials from Past BioResearch Academy Fellows
Despite attending Intel ISEF and performing several research projects on my own, I became a more strategic, resourceful researcher through the Crimson BioAcademy. Discussing Nobel prize-winning experiments and recent discoveries at the frontier of the biological sciences, we refined research-specific critical thinking and learned about new technology that unlocks creative methods of scientific inquiry. The BioResearch Academy expanded our "toolbox" to push the boundaries of human knowledge.
Princeton University, 2021
Reading Classic Papers is very different from studying for the Biology Olympiad. I can better form my own thesis topic after understanding others’ inspiring ideas and unique approaches. Following Professor Kunes’ instructions, we learned to analyze data and charts of each paper, then grab its reasoning on our own. Compared with memorizing knowledge in text books, I find comprehending core logic lines uniquely enriching.
Working with Professor Kunes was a great experience for me. He is attentive and caring about each student’s thoughts. Whenever we had any questions about either the lessons or subjects outside class, he was willing to explain clearly and patiently. In the lab, Professor Kunes demonstrated each step first and reminded us about steps requiring great caution and carefulness. During my one-on-one talk, Professor Kunes gave me lots of good suggestions about my future research plans.
Duke University, 2023
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When does the academy occur?

The BioResearch Academy 2018 will run for 3-weeks, from July 5-July 26, 2018

How do I apply?

Application Form available by clicking “Apply Now” above.
Step 1 – Submit Online Application by clicking on “Apply Now” in the header. Should you have any problems or questions about the application process or the program generally, please leave your question in the question box on the website.
Step 2 – After confirmation of receipt, await optional interview notification and complete as requested
Step 3 – Receive admission notification.
Step 4 – Pay deposit to secure your space in the limited class of 2019 at BioResearch Academy

What should I bring to the academy?

Enrolled students will receive a detailed list of what things to bring.

What is a daily schedule at BioResearch Academy like?

BioResearch Academy is designed to be an intensive, fully immersive experience for aspiring researchers and young biology enthusiasts. The BioResearch Core provides structure to the classroom and laboratory work. Seminars, discussions, and exercises with the professor are designed to maximally challenge a student’s routine way of thinking by applying knowledge of research technology to hypothetical situational research challenges in an applied Socratic-method. Advanced laboratory work reinforces theoretical understanding and unlocks new learning through guidance by the professor himself and utilization of state-of-the-art research equipment uncommon to many research programs. At night, students can expect to be engaged in lively discussions on project work, complete assigned individual readings and exercises, and enjoy the pleasure of intellectual discovery with and the general company of like-minded peers.

What field of biology will I explore as a BioResearch Academy Fellow?

Professor Kunes is an experienced neuroscience researcher. The academy’s laboratory research will largely explore topics in neuroscience but will also encompass other inquiry within the broad scope of molecular and cellular biology.

How much does BioResearch Academy cost?

The CBA is an intensive (full-time) research and study experience that is all inclusive and also involves costly experimental equipment and materials. The cost for 2018 is $10,000. Financial aid is available depending on sponsorship availability.

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