Marine Biology and Estuarine Ecology Research Immersion Program – ONLINE (part of UCSD Extension Futures Program)

Online 6-week program: July 7 – August 11, 2021

Applications are Closed

This course utilizes marine invertebrates – purple sea urchins, bay mussels and salt-tolerant fish (Japanese medaka) to assess ecological health of a local estuary. Students will test the water and sediment quality using microbiology, environmental toxicology, and analytical chemistry to better understand the sensitivity and resistance of marine organisms and laboratory fish to environmental stressors. This immersive research course is part of an ongoing effort to develop both real-time and long-term broad testing/monitoring program resulting in effective mitigation strategies to minimize the human and ecological risk due to pollutants exposures within a delicate local estuary.

Course Delivery: Live Online

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

Academic Schedule: 

  • 6-week program, July 7 – August 11, 2021
  • Mon and Wed, 3:00 – 5:00 PM PST
  • Synchronous online teaching a week
  • 4 hours of work required outside of online lecture/lab a week

Scholarship Opportunities: Limited number available

To be notified of fall session programming: email info@bozinstitute.org

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.

Neurotoxicology Research Immersion Program – ONLINE (part of UCSD Extension Futures Program)

Online 6-week program: July 6 – August 12, 2021

Applications are Closed

Toxicants in water supply, food, and common household products bioaccumulate in the food chain, plants, animals, and people. Some of those chemicals are carcinogens, immune stressors, and endocrine disruptors, affecting the delicate hormonal balance critical for sexual differentiation and organogenesis. Do they affect female and male brains differently, and what are the consequences of chronic exposures? We expose female and male adolescent fruit flies, then microdissect their brains and quantify gene activity to better understand effects of pervasive and persistent industrial chemicals on developing brain and physiology of each sex. In this course, students will learn to maintain and differentiate female and male fruit flies, expose them to problematic chemical pollutants, isolate their brains, extract RNA and analyze differential gene expression via RNA sequencing methods. Students will manage and analyze large gene expression sequencing data and present their findings in the formal science seminar at the end of the course.

Course Delivery: Live Online

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

Academic Schedule: 

  • 6-week program, June 6 – August 12, 2021
  • Tues and Thurs 1:00-3:00 PM PST
  • Synchronous online teaching a week
  • 4 hours of work required outside of online lecture/lab a week

Scholarship Opportunities: Limited number available

To be notified of fall session programming: email info@bozinstitute.org

Introduction to Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Program – ONLINE (part of UCSD Extension Futures Program)

Online 6-week program: July 6 – August 12, 2021

Applications are Closed

This course utilizes two different case studies/data sets to introduce students to experimental design, biostatistics fundamentals, management of a large gene expression data set, and basics bioinformatics concepts. Data sets include environmental assays performed on developing invertebrate embryos and RNA Sequencing gene expression data from animal physiology/aging project. Concepts covered during the first part of the course cover experimental design, biological and technical replicates and statistical power, central limit theorem and Bayes rules/theorem, 1-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and pairwise comparison t-test. Second part of the course focuses on differential gene expression workflow, data normalization, principal component analysis (PCA), and introduction to Bioinformatics databases (GenBank, UCSC genome browser, David Bioinformatics, STRING) utilizing RNA Seq analysis (sequence alignments, gene finding, and differential gene expression analysis).

Course Delivery: Live Online

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

Academic Schedule: 

  • 6-week program: July 6 – August 12, 2021
  • Tues and Thurs 3:00 – 5:00 PM PST
  • Synchronous online teaching a week
  • 4 hours of work required outside of online lecture/lab a week

Scholarship Opportunities: Limited number available

To be notified of fall session programming: email info@bozinstitute.org