For New Members

Prior to your arrival

All individuals conducting research in the Weitz Lab must have a valid Harvard ID and an official Research Appointment with Harvard University. Please contact Matthew Zahnzinger regarding the appointment process and related paperwork well ahead of your anticipated date of arrival.


If you are working with cells, you may want to get approval for the cells you wish to study from Harvard Biosafety prior to arrival, as the approval process can take 2 months. Contact safety officers Ben Thorne, Jean C. Serrano, & Anqi Chen

Upon your arrival

Once your research appointment begins (official start date on offer letter) you can go to the Harvard ID office on the 8th floor of the Smith Campus Center, suite 807. There you will get your picture taken and receive your ID card and PIN. Make sure you bring your driver’s license or passport with you to the ID office as well as your Harvard ID number. Their office hours are typically 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

If you are an international visitor you should also plan on checking in with the Harvard International Office, located on the 8th floor of the Smith Campus Center, suite 864.


The administrative team for the Weitz Lab resides in Pierce Hall, room 232 at 29 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138. 

Our Academic Affairs officer, Mary Taylor, is also located in Pierce Hall, room 222. Mary will be able to provide instructions on how to set up and access your Harvard email account and will straighten out any appointment-related matters that may need to be addressed.


If there are questions about safety, please contact group safety officers or the room monitors.

Desk, bench and drawer space

You may request a desk by contacting Hong Li, who is in charge of desk assignments. Please send your name, status (grad student/post-doc/visitor/etc.), and expected departure date. Also specify if bench space is needed within the Chem-Bio room, or drawer space needed to store personal supplies. There are only a certain number of assigned desks available for the group. Communal desks and storage space will be made available to those not assigned a desk full-time.

Website (Personnel Page)

We ask that you send your appointment title, Harvard email, and a photo of yourself, in JPEG format with equal width and height (200px by 200px), to Matthew Zahnzinger, who will include your information on our website.

Harvard Emails

Besides your SEAS account which ends with, please ask Harvard IT to active your Gmail account which ends with You’ll need Harvard Gmail account to book equipment and check the group calendar. 


  • Subscribe to the Weitz Lab email list. Using your Harvard email address, send a request to Matthew Zahnzinger. Note: Only Harvard email account will be approved.
  • Subscribe to the Squishy Physics email list.  Using your Harvard email address please visit the Signup Page.
  • Subscribe to the New England Complex Fluids Workshops

Survival Guide

Finally, read carefully the Weitz Lab survival guide, which will provide insights on the characterand interactions of the group among other things.

After your arrival


  • Group Meeting. Please note that everyone is REQUIRED to attend group meetings. Group meetings are held on Thursdays @ 5 pm, subject to change. Details of the meeting will be emailed to Weitz Lab mailing list in advance. When you attend the first group meeting, please prepare a one-minute soundbite of yourself and send it to Hong LI ( ONE PowerPoint slide should tell the rest the group who you are, which institute you are from, your education and research background, your hobbies and how long you’ll be staying with us. Keep it concise, as you only have ONE minute.
  • Squishy Physics & Pizza Seminar Series: We sponsor an informal seminar every Wednesday -- the squishy physics and pizza night. Pizza is provided. To learn more and check the schedule of speakers, check out our "Squishy Physics Talks" webpage.
  •  Mini sub-group meetings: We hold min sub-group meetings to facilitate more discussions for specific area. Everyone MUST attend at least one of them. You are encouraged to explore all of them and decide which sub-group to join by asking the person who is in charge of each meeting. Details of each meeting will be emailed to Weitz Lab mailing list in advance and be updated regularly at this calendar

Scheduling time with Professor Weitz

Matthew Zahnzinger handles Professor Weitz’s calendar. You are encouraged to email or stop by the office if there are any questions or concerns about scheduling. 

Before your departure

Please make sure to clean up your lab space, pass along any data, and inform Hong Li, and Matthew Zahnzinger when you leave the group.

Contact emails: