Personalized Genomics & Medicine


Grades: 9-11

Time Slot: Early Morning
• 10:00am – 11:45am Eastern Time

In the past decades, there has been an explosion of DNA sequencing data. This surge of data has allowed scientists and doctors to explore the human genome in more ways than ever. Additionally, private citizens are increasingly able to obtain their own genomic data through various personal genomics companies like 23&Me and Ancestry. In this course, we explore what does all of this new genomic data mean, how can we utilize it to identify and treat disease (on a personalized level), and how can we make these technologies more inclusive for all societies on a global scale. Weekly topics will explore questions such as: Where does the “reference human genome” come from? What is the ‘personalized medicine’ movement? and How do at-home genomics kits work & what can we learn from them? Interactive learning activities will include learning how to analyze raw sequencing data in a genome browser, engaging with guest speaker(s), researching/debating your own questions about the ethics of at-home genomics kits, and more.


PhD Student Department of Integrative Biology - UC Berkeley

Ana Lyons is a rising 5th year Ph.D. student 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's 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)

Grades 9-11

For grade 9 students all course options are available.





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