Biotechnology has contributed significantly to improve the healthcare industry. The discovery of new medicines, innovative devices for medical imaging and diagnostics are some areas that have seen tremendous commercial success. Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy are considered the only techniques to offer a cure for conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine fields have made significant strides in making organ transplants and artificial tissues a reality. All these developments utilize and depend on biotechnology concepts and methods. This course offers an opportunity for high school students to learn about the skills and techniques that enable the development of innovative medicinal technologies. Students will learn about advanced biotechnology concepts and techniques with a significant experiential component. This class will introduce the methodology of how cells can be manipulated at the DNA- and protein- level for tuning their functional features for the desired outcome to students. The course will consist of short lectures and a heavy laboratory component. There will be class discussions and a career-oriented view of the medical biotechnology sector. Students will be required to submit a letter of interest and a recommendation letter from their teacher/school administrator.

Dates: July 24 – July 28

Times: 1-4 PM

Grades: 9 – 12

Instructors: Leena Pattarkine

Credits: N/A

Fee:  $325