Our invited seminar program brings speakers from laboratories around the world to interact with the students and other members of the Program. Seminars are held throughout the academic year.
Each speaker has an informal lunch with interested students. Each year students invite and host several guest speakers.
The Sterling Visiting Professorship and Lecture
The Sterling Lecture is given in honor of the former Dean of the Sackler School, Professor of Pharmacology, and “father” of clinical pharmacology, Louis Lasagna is a highlight of the seminar series each year.
Learn more about the Sterling Lecture here.
Student Research Workshop
All students in PPET that are engaged in dissertation research are required to convene meetings of their dissertation advisory committee at least twice per year to present and discuss progress and develop plans for future work.
At least one of these meetings per year is designated an “Open Committee Meeting” to which all interested program participants (faculty, students, postdocs and technicians) are invited to attend and contribute to the discussions. A short closed meeting of the student and dissertation committee usually follows the open meeting.
All students participate in a journal club. The club meets for one hour each week during spring and fall semesters.
At each Journal Club session, each student presents a precis of a significant paper in the field, reviewing the question under study, the experimental approach, the significant findings and the implications of the observations. Papers are chosen by the students and approved by a program faculty member with knowledge of paper topic.
The course aims to train all students in the critical reading of the scientific literature, to make the current literature available to the students and to provide significant opportunities for students to hone their presentation skills.