The Ragon Institute has a deep commitment to education, rooted in both its academic and DEI missions. Alongside our outreach efforts, we have a variety of formal education programs for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who are interested in learning more about the world-class research done at the Ragon.

High School Seminars

Understanding COVID-19

The Ragon Institute has created a series of high school seminars, ranging from a one-hour program to a two-day intensive, called “ Understanding COVID-19.” This inaugural series brought together a wide variety of experts on the COVID-19 pandemic and is the first in the Ragon’s formal high school education efforts.

Undergraduate and Graduate Classes

Evolution of an Epidemic [MIT]

An undergraduate class like no other, this two-week IAP course takes a small group of Harvard and MIT students to the heart of the HIV epidemic in Durban, South Africa. The class, which was fully virtual in 2021, is led by Ragon Director Bruce Walker, and infectious disease doctor Howard Heller (MIT).

COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic [MIT]

This special undergraduate class, co-developed and co-led by Ragon Associate Director Facundo Batista in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, had its lectures open live to the public. The lectures, syllabus, and suggested readings remain publicly available through MIT.

Advances in Immunology [Harvard]

A graduate-level class, developed by Ragon Core Member Daniel Lingwood in spring of 2021, for both Harvard and MIT graduate students. The class focuses on recent innovations in the field of immunology, presented by leaders in the field, with content that changes yearly to reflect the latest findings. Lectures are open to the Ragon workforce.

Cellular and Molecular Immunology [Harvard]

Consistently lauded as one of the best classes in Harvard’s science program, this course has been taught for years by Ragon Core Member Shiv Pillai at the Ragon, with lectures open to the Ragon workforce. Notably, Shiv ends each lecture with an original immunology poetry performance.

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The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard brings together scientists and engineers from diverse fields to better understand the immune system and support human health.


The Ragon hosts regular events for the academic community or for the public. For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our events are virtual, but we will be returning to in-person gatherings when it is safe to do so.