Our research immersion program

gives students research experience from developing a hypothesis, conducting field work, designing and running experiments, collecting and analyzing data and communicating their results. Project curriculum consists of fundamental molecular biology topics, modern lab methodology, bioinformatics and statistical analysis. The program is currently offered year round to students through a partnership with UCSD Division of Extended Studies.

Meet Our Students

From past sessions

Melania and Rin enjoyed presenting their research findings during our Spring 2022 Neurobiology and Epigenetics program.

The Experience

  • Synthesize life science fundamentals
  • Formulate hypotheses and design experiments
  • Culture and maintain organisms in the lab
  • Collect and process samples
  • Execute experiments
  • Collect, manage, and analyze data
  • Review primary literature
  • Communicate your research through poster presentations and seminars attended by scientists and industry leaders.

Our joint immersion program with UCSD Division of Extended Studies fosters opportunities for collaboration, internships, and career advancement for students.

Natalie, a high school student from Oregon, participated in the summer 2020 virtual program researching aging / cellular protein aggregation in C. elegans, is currently interning with Boz.

Learning Model

Past Sessions

Fall 2022: Research Immersion Programs

Biodiversity and Molecular Genetics – eDNA

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Introduction to Bioinformatics

Summer 2022: Research Immersion Programs

Neurobiology and Epigenetics

Biodiversity and Molecular Genetics – eDNA

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Spring 2022: Research Immersion Programs

Neurobiology and Epigenetics

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Winter 2022: Research Immersion Programs

Biodiversity and Molecular Genetics – eDNA

Intermediate Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Fall 2021: Research Immersion Programs

Molecular Phylogenetics – eDNA

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Summer 2021: Research Immersion Programs

Neurotoxicology – Brain Gene Expression Under Chemical Stress

Marine Biology and Estuarine Ecology

Introduction to Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Spring 2021: Research Immersion Programs

Marine Biology and Environmental Science

Winter 2021: Research Immersion Programs

Molecular Biology – Aging and Protein Aggregation

Fall 2020: Research Immersion Programs

Molecular Biology Brain Metabolic Gene Expression

Neurobiology Brain Metabolic Gene Expression (Ghana Outreach Cohort)

Summer 2020: Research Immersion Programs

Neurobiology – Brain Metabolic Gene Expression during Stress

Cellular Physiology – Aging and Protein Expression

Winter 2020: Future Programs

Neurobiology – Sexual Dimorphism of Brain Metabolic Gene Expression

Fall 2019: Futures Programs

Cellular Physiology – Aging and Protein Expression

Summer 2019: Research Immersion Programs

Molecular Biology