Teaching Fellow/Assistant Opportunity at Harvard College


Course Head:

Robert Lue, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Course Description:

This course teaches fundamental concepts in cell biology in the context of several individual life histories drawn from different parts of the world. Each life case focuses on key aspects of human development, growth, aging and disease while providing a nuanced view of the interplay between the life sciences, geography and culture. For example, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS in South Asia is used to explore mucosal immunity and the basis for estimating relative infection risk, while a comparative discussion of aging in the United States and Japan is used to explore diet, cellular metabolism, and their relationship to protein damage and turnover. Each case delves into the cell biology of major biological events across the life history of a human being from different geographical and cultural backgrounds.


  • Attend a half-day TF/TA training session prior to the start of the semester (sometime mid- January)

  • Attend all lectures: Tu/Thu 10:30 – 11:45 am

  • Attend weekly 30-minute to 1-hr staff meetings

  • Run a weekly 75-minute discussion section

  • Hold weekly 1 hr office hours

  • Grade exams and final student presentations

  • Care about the well-being of our motivated students

  • Must be U.S. citizen or have permanent residence status


  • Gain valuable teaching and mentoring experience with an innovative interdisciplinary cellular biology course

  • Opportunities for professional development

  • Work in a collaborative teaching environment

Interested candidates should email a current CV to the course preceptor Jessica Liu, Ph.D. at liu9@fas.harvard.edu.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until positions are filled.