Student Advising

My main goal for these meetings is to be your resource and a sounding board, and offer you feedback and advice.

Hopefully, I will be able to provide you with advice and support you need, but if not, I will work on finding you the right folks who can! Keep in mind that around you, your program leadership, senior students in cancer biology and your home programs, as well as other members of the community are happy to talk to you.

Here are some of the things that we can talk about - 

  • Navigating science – how to balance different projects, how to approach conversations when things are not working
  • Getting the mentoring you need from your PI, DAC members, and others
  • Professional development
  • Career goals and ways to explore them
  • Time & project management – setting goals and accountability
  • Advice on teaching and/or mentoring and available opportunities
  • Balancing work and life as a graduate student
  • Anything else you’d like to talk about!

Anything we discuss, I will keep private. However, the two exceptions (things that I am not allowed to keep private) are concerns around sexual and gender-based harassment or mental health emergencies. If you would like to talk to someone who can keep these things confidential, there are resources at the University you can connect with such as:
The Ombuds –
Harvard Chaplains –
Or, you can find a full list of resources here –

How to schedule a meeting?

You can use the following link to schedule your meeting with me. After selecting the date and time of the meeting, click Confirm and provide your name and your institutional email and then click Schedule Event. You will receive a confirmation email with a meeting location (Zoom link).  If you need more time, feel free two schedule two back-to-back meetings.

We can plan to have these meetings on a regular basis, once in a while, or only as needed. The length can vary depending on the topics you want to talk about.


Upcoming sessions -
Thursday June 23, 9-11am, 4-6pm

Thursday June 30, 9-11am, 4-6pm

Thursday July 7, 9-11am, 4-6pm

Tuesday July 12, 9-11am, 4-6pm

Tuesday July 19, 9-11am, 4-6pm

Thursday July 21, 9-11am, 4-6pm


If none of the suggested dates/times work for you, please feel free to reach out to me directly at and we can find another time to talk.

- Jelena