The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard

About The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard

The Ragon Institute was officially established in February 2009 at MGH, MIT and Harvard with a dual mission: to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and to establish itself as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology. Founded with a commitment of $100 million from Mr. and Mrs. Ragon, the institute is structured and positioned to significantly contribute to a global effort to successfully develop an HIV/AIDS vaccine by:

- Creating non-traditional partnerships among experts with different but complementary backgrounds (e.g., engineers, basic immunologists, computational biologists, immunogeneticists, clinicians)
- Providing a means for rapidly funding promising studies (e.g., elite controllers, innovative viral vectors) and emerging concepts in the field (e.g., innate immune system memory);
- Integrating key facets of current vaccine development efforts that have tended to follow separate tracks (e.g., seeking a combined antibody and T-cell solution)
- Providing a substantial pool of accessible, flexible funding that will help lower the threshold for scientists to pursue risky, unconventional avenues of study that are unlikely to attract funding from traditional sources. Such funding will encourage innovation, compress the time it takes to conduct bench-to-bedside research and attract new minds to the field.

The Institute creates a singular opportunity and environment to engage scientists, engineers and clinicians in challenging research for which there may be no greater benefit – saving lives and curing the ill.


Biology Research Intern

June 2017 - August 2017 Cambridge, MA
“The program was incredibly supportive. I enjoyed faculty lunches and a weekly immunology lecture. I was encouraged to think and grow as a scientists with many hands on projects and reasonable responsibilities.”

Summer Student Researcher

June 2019 - August 2019 Cambridge, MA
“I liked the work environment at Ragon the most. Every employee was so driven and passionate about scientific research. They always took time to explain everything and wanted to make sure I learned as much as possible in my time there. Every employee was extremely intelligent, kind, and extremely hard-working. ”
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