Technologies in Biomedical Research
Monday, June 27 – Monday, July 18
(no class July 4th and 5th)
Minimum: 7 participants | Maximum: 10 participants
Note: Bancroft students will earn 0.5 credits.
Please register using the Camper Application.
The Biomedical Research Technology course is a unique opportunity for participants to learn from and engage with experienced Bancroft School science teachers and UMass Medical School Ph.D. candidates. Course work will be conducted at Bancroft School’s Fuller Science Center and include tours of UMMS laboratories.
The course will engage students in the investigation of a wide array of biotechnology tools that are applied within biomedical research. It emphasizes an inquiry approach to gaining insight into the central dogma of Biology: DNA to RNA to Protein. Using the wide-ranging biotechnology toolkit available today, the course will delve into the applications used in various developmental, immunological, pharmacological, and diagnostic branches of biomedical research.
General concepts and techniques covered in the course include:
- DNA extraction
- Gel electrophoresis
- Plasmids and restriction enzymes and their uses
- Recombinant DNA techniques
- Bacterial transformation
- Polymerization chain reaction
- Genetically modified organisms
- Protein structure and quantitation
- And of course, important laboratory skills and safety practices.
Students will be assessed on their engagement in the daily laboratory activities and their ability to perform such activities following standardized protocols. Students will be required to keep a detailed lab journal outlining all concepts covered, activities performed, and related research carried out. Each student will give a final presentation detailing their knowledge gained and the connection of that knowledge to a variety of biomedical research applications ongoing in the world today.
Bancroft students will receive 0.5 credits upon successful completion of this course.