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 change organisms’ genes accurately and efficiently. These innovations in biotechnology seek to solve many of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as curing diseases and creating crops that are more resilient to the effects of climate change. Together, we’ll explore the science behind gene editing, use CRISPR to edit genes in bacteria, and examine the complex ethical questions this innovative technology raises. You will gain skills and knowledge about genetics and biotechnology while adding valuable experience to your college and career pathways. Parents are invited at 3 p.m. on the last day to see and hear teens share their projects and receive their U.C. Berkeley certificate of completion.

A student conducts a biotech experiment during the Biotech Genetics teen research program

Program Info

Dates: 06/10/2024 – 06/14/2024, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 


07/08/2024 – 07/12/2024, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Location: Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley Campus

Food: Lunch is provided. Teens bring a water bottle, hat, and snacks from home

Program Tuition: $1,350 or $1,215 (reduced)

Non-residential with Optional Residential Add-on

Residential Option runs Sunday, June 9, 4:00 p.m. through Friday, June 14, 5:00 p.m. 

Residential add-on includes additional programming, on-campus housing, breakfast, and dinner. 

Residential Tuition: $1,150 or $1,035 (reduced) Limited spots available!

Note: There is no Residential-Add on for the July session.
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The camp cancelation date has passed. Refunds are no longer available.

A Day in the Life

Your days begin with gathering on campus and signing in to your respective program tracks. From there, you head to your respective lab spaces and form an opening circle to frame the day, including a quick social check-in and content-related invitation to learning. Each day, you get to engage in STEM-related explorations and investigations, sometimes in pairs and sometimes in small groups. You do restriction enzyme mapping, gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation using plasmid DNA, and gene editing with CRISPR. Midday, you take time to eat lunch on campus and enjoy some social downtime with peers in your track and other STEM tracks. Afternoons continue investigations and incorporate tours to related labs like the Innovative Genomics Institute, museum exhibits, and sites on and off campus. Some days include graduate students or faculty joining you for Q&A and sharing about cutting-edge research happening on or off campus. As the week unfolds, you engage in small-group, self-directed research and/or project-based learning toward presentations on the last day of the program. Your STEM track content wraps up with a closing circle around 3:30 p.m. Afterward, you gather together for additional unique career pathway programming in mixed groups. This can include a U.C. Berkeley campus tour, a current student panel and Q&A, and other personal or professional development workshops. Programming concludes at 5 p.m. If you opt for the residential track, you will stay on campus for dinner and evening activities— both involving social and college preparedness—and then sleep in the U.C. Berkeley dorms.

Unlocking the Code of Life: Exploring the Future of Biotech Genetics!

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.