Students conduct biological research and explore the extremely hot topic of synthetic biology. This field aims to identify genes that cause genetic diseases, providing a jumping off point for therapeutic intervention. Come join us on the cutting edge of science this summer in our three week pre-college high school program!
Synthetic biologists are designing bacteria that can detect poisons, respond to light in different ways, and contain genetic circuits that can “compute." Our students enjoy amazing hands-on labs (including analyzing DNA and inserting genes into bacteria) and in-depth research in a beautiful science lab setting. Students explore applications to biotech and medicine through science labs, field trips, and individual research projects. This pre-college program culminates in individual research papers and presentations. This program is great for gifted teens who love biotech and DNA science.
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'Jim was an amazing instructor. The TA’s were great with lab preparation as well. Jim had very structured lectures, he was energetic and funny, whilst still bringing the concept through for us to understand. The class taught specific techniques that would be very useful for using real world lab and the CRISPR lab taught us a revolutionary technology.'
'I liked the program and especially the labs that we did because we get to do things and use equipment beyond what is available in school. Jim is a great teacher and did a great job balancing different levels of previous knowledge/experience that people have.'
'This program was a great opportunity for me to explore the world of synthetic biology and I think Jim was a wonderful choice to teach this class, as well as the TA’s Autumn and Ryan were always willing to answer any questions.'
'The program was impeccable. I loved it, and it was a wonderful intellectual experience. Jim was such an amazing teacher. He was funny, helpful and wonderful. I feel like I had a new appreciation for synthetic biology and I feel more empowered to pursue biology and biological research...'
"The program was extremely interesting and I learned so much in these 3 weeks. It has inspired me to want to do my own research in synthetic biology in the future. Also, it has helped me see the ways I can help our world become a better place through science. Jim was one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is very knowledgeable on the topic and he was able to balance the different levels of experience of the students. Whenever I went to lecture in the morning I was always excited for what we were going to learn that day. In addition, he never held back information due to our age, and instead he found ways to explain complex topics in ways we could understand. Lastly, in lab we were able to practice techniques that real scientists use. I enjoyed looking at our results especially for the CRISPR. Overall, I was an amazing experience and I am so happy that I did the program this summer. "
"This was the first summer program that I had taken, and it really set the bar high. The classes, labs and the field trips were conducted professionally and the lectures were very well composed. Jim did a very good job at explaining me concepts which I had never known of. The TA’s (Clara, Mary and Aaron) did a very good job at organizing the labs and made the full learning process very fun."
"The program was wonderful so was the teacher and the TA’s! I thoroughly enjoyed all the labs and activities we did. The lectures were engaging and challenging in the best way possible. The topics we covered were extremely relevant and made me start to consider synthetic biology as an additional field I would want to go into. I really enjoyed the field trips we took, they provided awesome exposure."
“I thought the program was very informative and I learned a lot more about synthetic biology than I have in school. I especially liked the labs, because I had never used real, lab equipment to do synthetic biology before. It exposed me to what working in a lab would be like, which I really appreciate. The teacher was very knowledgeable and engaging and could always answer our questions well.”
“The program is really intensive and I appreciate how much insight I gained because I was able to figure out if synthetic biology was a good fit for me and it was! Jim was a good teacher and was really open to answering questions the field trips gave me some insight on how synthetic biology was used in the real world.”
“I really enjoyed the class topic and labs that we did in the afternoon. I feel as if Jim explained all of the aspects of synthetic biology very well. The program was not too easy or too advanced so it was a perfect level for me. I learned a lot from this class and having Jim as a teacher made it even better.”