BIODIVERSITY AND MOLECULAR GENETICS RESEARCH IMMERSION PROGRAM – ONLINE OR IN-PERSON

Online or In-person 10-week program: Jan 10th, 2022 – March 17th, 2022

Which genetic differences underline the awesome diversity of animals? What is genetically shared and what is unique among evolutionary distant animals? How closely related are you to them? In this research-immersion course, you will explore and analyze various organisms to better understand and appreciate biodiversity on anatomical, morphological, and genetic levels, tracing back animals’ evolutionary connections. You will apply evolutionary and molecular biology concepts, extract DNA from multiple species (sea urchins, abalone, worms, insects, fish, and yourself …), sequence genes critical for metabolism and adaptation, calculate mutation rates, and infer evolutionary distance between animals. This course is a mix of evolutionary biology, standard and advanced molecular biology/gene sequencing techniques, and bioinformatics analysis. Part of the course complements the ongoing research project in partnership with the National Park Service, which utilizes environmental DNA (eDNA) methodology to better understand the adaptive mechanisms and responses to environmental stressors of the Southern California’s endangered black abalone population. During the 10-week course meeting twice weekly, students will work in small teams in the lab to discuss concepts and primary scientific literature, design experiments, perform research, analyze the data, and prepare a scientific report. The course will conclude with the formal science seminar during which students will present their research in person to a selected audience.

Course is available for 3 pre-college units.

Course Delivery: in-person OR online

Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th–12th grade

Academic Schedule: 

  • IN-PERSON
  • Mondays and Wednesdays (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm PST)
  • Synchronous online teaching
  • 3 hours of work required outside of online lecture
  • ONLINE 
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm PST)
  • Synchronous online teaching
  • 3 hours of work required outside of online lecture

Scholarship Opportunities: Click here (Application Deadline: December 13th, 2021)

The Boz research immersion program will be online for the foreseeable future.  Our scientists are looking forward to getting students back in the lab, but for now our top priority is safety.

INTERMEDIATE BIOSTATISTICS/BIOINFORMATICS – ONLINE

Online 10-week program: Jan 10th, 2022 – March 16th, 2022

Students will learn how to analyze data by utilizing published primary life science literature (biology, environmental chemistry and toxicology, animal physiology, etc.). We will use “R”, a common biostatistics programming language, to explore experimental designs, fundamental biostatistics concepts, and management of biological/ gene expression data sets. Concepts covered during the first part of the course cover experimental design ( biological and technical replication and statistical power), central limit theorem, Bayes rules/theorem, linear regression, and pairwise comparison; the second part of the course focuses on 1-way and 2-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), multivariate statistics including Principle Component Analysis (PCA) and post-test correction strategies; students in the course will utilize bioinformatics databases (GenBank, UCSC genome browser, David Bioinformatics, STRING) to infer biological relevance of the data analyzed. The course is structured as a 40 min lecture/concept introduction, 40 min manuscript discussion/concept applications, and Computer Lab Exercises. A personal computer is required.

Prerequisites: General Biology, Introductory Statistics (H.S. level is acceptable)

Course is available for 3 pre-college units.

Course Delivery: Online

Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th–12th grade

Academic Schedule: 

  • Mondays and Wednesdays (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST)
  • Synchronous online teaching
  • 3 hours of work required outside of online lecture

Scholarship Opportunities:  Click here (Application Deadline: December 13th, 2021)