Genome & Protein Engineering


Grades: 7-9

• 10:00 am Eastern Time (New York Time)

Less than a hundred years ago, scientists did not yet know the structure of DNA nor the mechanisms of how DNA ultimately results in proteins and other essential processes in biology. The fields of molecular biology and biochemistry have exploded in the past decades, and now scientists are increasingly able to do the previously unimaginable: directly edit DNA sequences in living organisms & engineer new and improved proteins, to help study and treat disease and foundational questions in biology. In this course, we review the fundamentals of genome science, protein biochemistry, and related emerging technologies and opportunities. Weekly topics will explore questions such as: What is a genome and why edit? What led to the CRISPR Cas9 revolution & what did UC Berkeley have to do with it? What is at the cutting edge of protein engineering and design? How do scientists and governments weigh the ethics of editing genomes/proteins? Interactive learning activities will include building hands-on & computer-generated protein models, learning how to use common molecular biology software, engaging with virtual guest speaker(s), and more.  

Ana Lyons

Ana Lyons

PhD(c) Department of Integrative Biology - UC Berkeley

Ana Lyons is a rising 5th year Ph.D. Candidate at UC Berkeley in the Department of Integrative Biology, with a designated emphasis in Computational Biology. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellow, Ana studies how microscopic animals known as tardigrades (or "water bears") survive freezing temperatures—using methods from comparative physiology, protein biochemistry, microscopy, and molecular biology. As part of her graduate training, she participated in an NSF funded research expedition in McMurdo Station, Antarctica where she met many friendly penguins and Antarctic tardigrades. Ana received her double major Bachelor of Science Degree from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in 2012, and a Master's of Arts in Teaching Degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2015. Before starting her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, she spent a year conducting molecular biology research in Stuttgart, Germany, and she then spent 2 years teaching 7th-grade science in the Bronx, NYC. Ana is involved in extensive scientific outreach through mentoring research trainees, science writing, participating in K12 outreach, and working to make STEM fields more equitable on and off-campus. She has taught various science outreach programs at MIT (Cambridge, MA) and abroad (South Korea, China).

Program Calendar:
January 11-22, 2021
(Monday – Friday)
Real-Time Classes Duration:
1 hour & 45 minutes long
(with a 15-minute break).
Max Class Group:
Small class size
(20 students max)

Program Courses

Grades 7-9

For grade 9 students all course options are available.





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