LabXchange is an online community for learning, sharing, and collaboration.

Labs are places of exploration and discovery for every field imaginable. In this spirit, you can discover, engage, and share what you learn on LabXchange. We curate and create world-class digital content, delivered on a free, online platform that lets you integrate your learning and research experiences. Here, you take control of your learning and solve real-world problems as a community. Participation will always be free.

Launching in January 2020!

LabXchange gives educators, learners, and researchers:

The power to

flexible learning pathways by finding and assembling high-quality content.

The power to

through a new generation of virtual simulations that give access to the research process.

with an intergenerational network of educators, students and researchers.

The power to

global challenges defined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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Reuse learning assets

LabXchange will bring together high-quality content from sources like edX in the form of online learning assets, including videos, assessments, and simulations. Our re-engineered Open edX platform will give users the flexibility to search, select, and insert these assets into new learning pathways.

Create your own pathway

Users will be able to add material to link the learning assets they select to create their own storylines, clarify new learning objectives, and adapt existing pathways to better meet their needs.

Share what you have learned

Users will be able to share their pathways privately, with a small group, or publicly to spark discussion and receive feedback.


Use interactive simulations

Learners will be able to design experiments and execute protocols online using interactive simulations of key techniques in molecular and cellular biology.

Troubleshoot experimental designs

Users will be able to run their experimental designs online, assess the quality of the virtual data outcomes, and troubleshoot their designs in iterative cycles of improvement.

Learn in context

Each virtual experiment will be packaged with appropriate learning assets that teach biological principles and methodological best practices. Combinations of virtual experiments will address compelling research questions in human disease.


Build learning networks

Educators, students, and researchers will be able to create profiles, share their learning pathways, and discuss their hands-on research experiences. The resulting networks will serve as a lifelong resource, allowing users to form affinity groups based on changing research interests.

Provide mentoring

As they share their interests, learning pathways and experiences in science, users will be able to mentor each other.

Form communities of practice

Educators will be able to share learning pathways that they have designed with their students and with other educators. This way, the platform will foster communities of instructional practice.


Support global learning

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outline humanity’s most urgent problems. As an open-source online learning network, LabXchange will contribute to SDG #4 – Quality Education, which seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Promote human health

LabXchange’s biology and biotechnology content will contribute to SDG #3 – Good Health and Well-Being, which seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Share solutions

LabXchange will facilitate global collaboration on the SDGs by providing ways to connect with people who share interests or offer complementary skills, and to build creative solutions together.

Rob Lue

We envision a world with equal opportunity for success in science for anyone, anywhere.

Robert Lue, Faculty Director and Principal Investigator


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LabXchange is sponsored by the Amgen Foundation, which seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators.

The Foundation, established in 1991, is an integral component of Amgen’s commitment to dramatically improving people’s lives. To date, the foundation has contributed nearly 300 million dollars to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that reflect Amgen’s core values and complement the company’s dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways.

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, is the home of LabXchange.

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.





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We seek a variety of partners to help us transform how science is learned and taught.
Are you a student, educator, or school administrator? A researcher or content creator? Or do you represent an institution of higher learning? No matter what your role, we welcome your engagement in LabXchange in advance of our global launch in 2019.

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