Frontiers in Molecular Bioscience


Grades: 9-11

Time Slot: Late Afternoon
• 7:00pm – 8:45pm Eastern Time

All life on earth uses molecular information to develop diverse traits to adapt to a changing environment. Within this area, DNA, RNA, and protein play critical roles in how disease pathology manifests in human health. In this class, students will be taught the fundamental rules of molecular biology and how genetic information is shaped by its environment via epigenetic processes. In addition to this, we will discuss the tools and discoveries that have revolutionized the field and enabled researchers to ask new questions. Examples such as gene editing (ZNFs, TALENS, CRISPR, etc.), sequencing (Sanger, Illumina, Nanopore, etc.), and high throughput approaches to profile molecular phenomena (ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq, etc.) will all be taught and discussed. Students will be expected to take part in several online discussions in class but also be taught how to use several online data repositories to receive a basic training in bioinformatic analyses.


PhD in Pharmacology

Sebastian Alvarado worked at three separate biotechnology startups in Canada and the USA before pursuing a Ph.D. at McGill University. Following his doctoral research, he was awarded an A.P. Giannini Fellowship to continue his work at Stanford University. Dr. Alvarado is interested in how plastic molecular substrates can shape a genome to dynamic changes in the environment. His research has shown how diverse animals can shape the function of their genes to changes in size, metabolism, chronic pain, and social status. These projects have allowed him to study shrinking/enlarging ants, hibernating ground squirrels, human/mouse models of back pain, and cichlid fish from Africa. He is currently an assistant professor at the City University of New York where he is leading research related to how different animals adapt their color and behavior to changing visual environments. Outside of his research program, Sebastian consults science to the entertainment sector (Marvel, WB, etc) and has recently authored a book about the "Science of Marvel".

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)

Grades 9-11

For grade 9 students all course options are available.





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