Biotechnology at UC Berkeley

This is a unique opportunity to work in a biotech lab on state-of-the-art equipment with scientists

Summer program for teens to immerse themselves in the Bay Area's cutting edge biotech scene

Program Highlights

Students will have class in a lab, and work alongside their instructor discovering treatments for various diseases
Start with molecule design and compound creation, and follow the process to the point of in vitro biological activity
Take part in a trypsin purification program as well as grow a protein in e-coli
Learn how to isolate a protein, and see how it reacts to various compounds in an advanced research laboratory
Create a molecule, and test its biological results practicing the scientific method from hypothesis to conclusion

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Session 1: June 19 - July 01, 2022

Session 2: July 3 - July 15, 2022

Sessison 3: July 17 - July 29, 2022


University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Course Overview

Are you interested in medicine, science and technology? Is your goal to create a life saving drug? This is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain real exposure and hands-on experience working in a state-of-the-art science lab utilizing advanced equipment. The goal of this program is to provide students intensive laboratory experience relevant to the biotechnology field, and to understand fundamental chemical processes common in prokaryotic and eukaryotic biology, and classical and molecular genetics with an emphasis on gene expression and genetic engineering. 


Your lab time will take place at a brand new science center equipped with the latest technology and equipment, so you’ll be among the first to have hands-on experience working with these cutting-edge instruments in a laboratory environment. In addition, you’ll be instructed by PhD candidates from the University of California Berkeley, meaning that you’ll have the guidance and support of some of the brightest minds in the field at your disposal.


Your instructors from UC Berkeley include Dhruv Patel, a PhD candidate in Plant Biology who specializes in communicating the complex biology of genome engineering to diverse audiences, and Luis Valentin, a PhD candidate in Microbiology whose research interests include Genome Editing Tools and CRISPR Biology.

Meet your instructor

Dhruv Patel

Biotechnology UC Berkeley

As a Ph.D. candidate working within RIPE (Realizing Improved Photosynthetic Efficiency), Dhruv has generated relevant biological tools and discoveries for international smallholder farmers. To date, Dhruv have been awarded over $250,000 in fellowships and awards to investigate the intersection of molecular biology and food systems thinking.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Students do their daily class directly inside a biotechnology lab or a fully equipped lab space within a state-of-the-art science center. This past summer students toured JLabs and other incubators in San Diego, as well as met with scientists from Sazid Hussain, Chief Scientific Officer of Aivo Code, a biotech company working on therapies for traumatic brain injuries.


Career Exploration

With industry professionals leading extensive discussions, along with visits to biotech incubators and the opportunity for students to experience hands on laboratory experimentation, this course provides wide ranging facets of learning related to the biotech industry that sets students up for future success.


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