Harvard Catalyst Profiles

Need to find people? Harvard Catalyst Profiles is the app for that!

Who benefits?

  • Everyone in the Harvard community

What is it?

  • A research networking tool that connects people by combining basic directory information with expertise keywords

Why use it?

  • Find potential collaborators
  • Find potential mentors
  • Add new expertise to your team
  • Reveal new directions for your research

The Harvard research community is home to faculty whose expertise covers nearly the entire breadth and depth of the sciences. But in such a large community, how can you find the right people to work with on your research?

This is where Harvard Catalyst Profiles can help. Part directory and part social networking tool, Harvard Catalyst Profiles gives investigators like you the information you need to create collaborative connections across Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Harvard School of Public Health.


  • Search for People…

    The power of Harvard Catalyst Profiles lies in the links it helps create between investigators, based on their expertise.
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    When you run a keyword search in Harvard Catalyst Profiles, you receive a list of people, ranked by relevance, for whom you can see:

    • Basic directory information, including address, titles, and institution
    • Publication timelines, including graphics showing how that person's research focus has evolved over time
    • Research concepts (e.g., MeSH terms associated with their publications)
    • Network of co-authors, including maps of where they are located and cluster views that show how they are connected to each other and to others
    • A list of other people conducting similar research
  • …or Concepts

    In addition, Harvard Catalyst Profiles now offers concept searching. As opposed to keyword-based searches for people, concept searches let you:
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    • Learn more about individual research concepts
    • Explore related, broader, or narrower concepts, and
    • Discover who among the researchers listed in Harvard Catalyst Profiles is publishing on them

Why Use Harvard Catalyst Profiles?

A neurobiologist has been working at the lab bench on a possible new biomarker for neuronal death, and realizes that his findings may have application in Parkinson's disease. But how to find collaborators who study Parkinson's and who straddle the laboratory and the clinic? Searching Harvard Catalyst Profiles for "Parkinson Disease," he gets a relevance-ranked list of more than 400 researchers in the Harvard community, seven of whom are MD/PhDs with appointments in pathology who might be able to help him understand the links between biology and clinical behavior.

A research fellow in endocrinology interested in brown fat wants to apply for a KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training award, but needs to identify a mentor who can help guide her research. She searches Harvard Catalyst Profiles for "brown adipose metabolism," filtering her search for just full and associate professors. She can now learn more about the 27 faculty members she has discovered, their research interests and academic networks, and decide whether one of them is the right one for her to approach.

An asthma researcher believes that she could gain new insights into airway remodeling by conducting MRI scans of asthma patients. But to do so, she needs to find a radiologist with expertise in MRI and in imaging of the chest. By searching for the terms "asthma MRI" in Harvard Catalyst Profiles, she can see a relevance-ranked list of investigators within the Harvard community with this kind of expertise and learn, by reviewing their concept clouds and publications, the extent to which each is involved in such work.

An associate professor wants to see how his research on the epidemiology of coronary disease has evolved over time, and look for opportunities to expand the impact of his work into complementary areas. Looking at the concepts associated with his work, and the list of similar researchers in his Harvard Catalyst Profiles entry, he sees that his research shares similarities with that of an investigator who is increasingly publishing on kidney disease.

Who is using Harvard Catalyst Profiles?

Harvard Catalyst Profiles is for anyone within the Harvard research community who needs to collaborate – which is everyone in the Harvard research community. See how it has helped three of our Pilot Grant awardees:

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"My laboratory had been working on the synthesis of new PET tracers for three years, but did not have clinical connections that would allow us to take a fundamentally new chemistry and have an immediate and long-term impact in human health. I used Harvard Catalyst Profiles to connect with radiologist Thomas Brady, MD, at Massachusetts General Hospital. When we first discussed my lab's work, we both got very excited, and we are now working together on a Pilot Grant-funded project to evaluate the opportunities to bring new tracers into the clinic."
Tobias Ritter, PhD (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)

"I initially took advantage of Harvard Catalyst Profiles to find people within the Harvard community who could help me study a potential molecular mechanism for glaucoma. One of the first names that came up was that of Bruce Ksander, PhD, at Schepens Eye Research Institute. We have since been awarded a Harvard Catalyst Pilot Grant and subsequently generated data that I have used to apply for my first independent research grant, an R21 grant, from the NIH."
Emmanuel Buys, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital)

Open Source

Harvard Catalyst Profiles is available as an open source platform for institutions seeking a web-based means of facilitating collaboration among their academic researchers.

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"I was seeking potential collaborators for a project on sodium dynamics in cardiomyocytes. Using Harvard Catalyst Profiles and with the guidance of my mentor, I found and contacted Federica Del Monte, MD, PhD, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who has long-standing expertise in studying cardiomyocytes. She was quite enthusiastic about the project, and is now one of my Pilot Grant co-investigators."
Saumya Das, MD, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital)


You can access Harvard Catalyst Profiles from the People & Collaboration menu, or by clicking "Find... Collaborators" in the upper right corner of the home page.

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