Entering 7 – 9

Body Systems and Biomedical Innovations

Are you interested in gene editing and other innovations that can help people with chronic diseases and other conditions? In this program, you will deepen your knowledge of body systems, investigate how some of these systems may break down, and explore how scientists and engineers are working to solve these problems. Together we will use actual diagnostic techniques to solve medical mysteries for fictitious patients. Dissect a simulated heart, step inside a blood vessel and a cell in our Planetarium, and interview practicing doctors to learn more about their field. Also, learn about CRISPR, a current gene-editing technology, and acquire skills for designing and prototyping a prosthetic hand.

Two students are working on a science activity during the Body Systems and Biomedical Innovations program.

Camp Info

Dates: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m, 07/10/2023 – 07/14/2023

Location: Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley Campus

Housing: No on-campus housing available.

Food: Participants bring lunch and snacks from home.

Program Tuition: $995 or $895(reduced)


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 themed invitation to learning. Teens then engage in related explorations and investigations in small groups, such as dissecting a sheep heart, closely observing  human brains and conducting brain science investigations, building model lungs or a model digestive system, doing a DNA extraction, or running patient diagnostics. Midday, teens take time to eat lunch on a campus green 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. Content wraps up with a closing circle around 3:45 p.m., and the teens gather together 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. Teens head home at 5:30 p.m.

Staff Bio

Gaby Arango

B. Gabriella Arango, who goes by Gaby, was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She started her undergraduate education at Santa Rosa Junior College, where she earned an AS and then transferred to Sonoma State University to finish her Undergraduate and then Masters Degree. There she studied the diving physiology in olive ridley sea turtles and her main research interest is the physiological adaptations for hypoxia tolerance, specifically those of sea turtles.

Gaby is the Founder and CEO of Crecer ConCiencia, a non profit organization based in Santa Rosa focused on Leadership development and science outreach efforts to the Latinx community. Her favorite hobbies are cooking and collecting succulents.

Isabel De Klerk

Isabel De Klerk is a Bay Area native and rising sophomore undergrad student at the University of California, Berkeley. She is majoring in chemical biology with an intended concentration in computational chemistry. Isabel is passionate about public health and the biomedical sciences and has worked as a crisis intervention counselor and health education instructor. At Berkeley, Isabel provides students with professional development opportunities as a member of the American Chemical Society Corporate Outreach Committee and with creative outlets as a layout designer for the STEM magazine Atrium. Currently, she’s exploring careers in public health, biotech, policy, and education, with the hope of landing in a job that promotes wellness and improves global health. Isabel loves talking about recent innovations and sharing her favorite biology fun-facts, and is committed to making STEM education exciting and accessible. She hopes that as a public education specialist she can encourage students to pursue a STEM education that combines a strong science background with innovative problem solving.

In her free time, you can find her improving upon her cooking skills, searching thrift stores for clothes or trinkets, and trying out all of Berkeley’s cafés. If she’s not in Berkeley, you’ll find her back home taking her dog Juno for a walk or exploring San Francisco with friends.