Biology & Medicine in Los Angeles

Discover the biology behind disease and medicine, and learn from a professional drug hunter and co-inventor on multiple drug patents

Summer biology and medicine program for teens in Los Angeles

Program Highlights

Gain hands-on experience by building a human torso model and identifying bones on a life size skeleton.
Perform clinical simulation labs like an autopsy report and COVID 19 antibody test.
Learn about Nobel Prize winners and engage in meaningful conversation about human health and disease.
Complete a capstone project and deliver a scientific presentation as an "expert" on a human organ system.

Residential Price: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)


Session 1: June 27-July 9, 2021


Course Overview

This biology and medicine summer program for teens is an exploration of human physiology and disease, including medical terminology and activity-centered learning about the structure and function of major organ systems. We’ll look at how different organ systems communicate and depend on one another. Classes will highlight key Nobel Prize winners and include a ‘Spotlight on Medicine’, where we will investigate the cause of a disease, diagnostic tests and the mechanism of action of common to cutting-edge medicines. There will also be a field trip and a guest speaker to add on meaning and relevance to the course. Class activities include research projects, experiments and observations using the scientific method, presentation skills development, videos and readings.

Excursions in Los Angeles – Students visit a local hospital and hear directly from medical experts at UCLA Health about various healthcare professions. The guest speaker is a Perfusionist, a healthcare professional who operates the cardiopulmonary bypass machine during cardiac surgery.

Meet your instructor

Krista McCutcheon, M.Sc.

Biology & Medicine

Krista McCutcheon has been working as a professional drug hunter for over 20 years, and is a co-inventor on multiple drug patents.

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