Entering 10 – 12

Biotech Genetics

Are you curious about the future of gene editing? Discover the exciting field of biotechnology and learn how scientists are using a new technology called CRISPR to accurately and efficiently change organisms’ genes. These innovations in biotechnology seek to solve many of the world’s most pressing challenges. Together we’ll explore the science behind gene editing, use CRISPR to edit genes in bacteria, and examine the complex ethical questions raised by this innovative technology. You will gain skills and knowledge about genetics and biotechnology while adding valuable experience to your college and career pathways.

A student is using gene-editing in the Biotech Genetics Teen Research Program.

Camp Info

Dates: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m, 06/12/2023 – 06/16/2023

Location: Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley Campus

Housing (optional): Purchase on-campus housing, breakfast, and dinner for an additional cost of $900. Runs Sunday, June 11 through Friday, June 16. Spots are limited and may sell out.

Food: Lunch is provided.

Program Tuition: $1,150 or $995(reduced)

SOLD OUT – Waitlist

A Day in the Life

Our days begin with gathering on campus and signing in to our respective tracks. Teens head to their lab spaces and form an opening circle to frame the day, including a quick social check-in and a themed invitation to learning. They then engage in related explorations, procedures, and investigations in small groups, in such fields as restriction enzyme mapping, gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation using plasmid DNA, and gene editing with CRISPR. Midday, teens take time to eat lunch at a campus dining hall and enjoy some social downtime together. Afternoons continue investigations and incorporate tours to related labs, museum exhibits, and sites on and off campus. Alternatively, grad students or faculty may join the group for Q&A and sharing about cutting-edge research happening on or off campus. As the week unfolds, teens are engaged in small-group self-directed research and/or project-based learning toward presentations at the end of the program. Content wraps up with a closing circle around 3:45 p.m., then the teens gather again for additional science and engineering career pathway programming in mixed groups. This can include a campus tour, current student panel Q&A, and other personal or professional development workshops. If you are on the commuter track you head home at 5:30, while residential track teens stay on for dinner and evening activities—both social and college preparedness—then sleep in the UC Berkeley dorms.

Staff Bios

Ryan Tran

Ryan Tran is a senior undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley studying Chemical Biology. He is currently researching diversity in CRISPR-Cas systems and studying CRISPR fundamental biology for diagnostic/therapeutic application at the Innovative Genomics Institute under Professors Jennifer Doudna and David Savage.

Outside of academics, Ryan serves as the President of the American Chemical Society, Berkeley Student Chapter (ACS@Berkeley), and as the Lead Peer Advisor for the College of Chemistry. In these roles, he is committed to helping matriculating and current undergraduates navigate the college experience and realize their full potential as a UC Berkeley student. Ryan originally hails from Irvine, CA and in his free time, you can find him playing tennis, jamming out on the piano or ukulele, and hiking in the Berkeley Hills.

Katie Foulger

Katie Foulger is from Dallas and Chennai, India. She is a rising senior undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Molecular Cellular Biology and minoring in Chemistry. She is passionate about accessible STEM education and investigating the intersection of biology, chemistry, and medicine.

Outside of work, you can find Katie at the gym, trying new recipes, or exploring the bay with friends.

Katie Sie

Katie Sie is an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science. She plans to continue her studies and pursue a PhD. Her scientific interests include genetic engineering, microbes, human centered design, high throughput processes, and software development.

When she is not in the lab performing colony PCRs, Katie enjoys crocheting, hammocking, and baking macarons. Born and raised in New York City, she also has a growing list of similarities and differences between the East and West Coasts.