Harvard Catalyst Profiles
- 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 T.H. Chan 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.
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
In addition, Harvard Catalyst Profiles now offers concept searching. As opposed to keyword-based searches for people, concept searches let you:
- 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?
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:
Update Your Profile
Keep your Harvard Catalyst Profile up-to-date, and add a description of your work, to attract potential collaborators or trainees.
"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)
Harvard Catalyst Profiles is available as an open source platform for institutions seeking a web-based means of facilitating collaboration among their academic researchers.
"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)