Biotechnology at UCLA

This is a unique opportunity to work in a biotech lab on state-of-the-art equipment with scientists focused on Parkinson’s disease research

Summer program for teens to immerse themselves in Los Angeles's cutting edge biotech scene

Program Highlights

In partnership with a Biotech company, students work alongside scientists discovering treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
Start with molecule design and compound creation, and follow the process to the point of in vitro biological activity.
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.

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

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

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


Session 1: July 3 - July 15, 2022

Sessison 2: July 17 - July 29, 2022


UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Course Overview

Are you interested in medicine, science, and technology? Is you goal to create a life-saving drug? This is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain real exposure and work in a biotechnology lab utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.

The goal of this program is to provide students intensive laboratory skills experience, 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.

Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Biotechnology is all about harnessing the power of living cells and materials for use in environmental, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. In this course, students have the ability to actually create something in chemistry lab and test it its biological state. In small groups, students will spend time learning from experts and practicing applied methods from the very beginning of drug discovery (stage zero) to the point right before animal testing.


Career Exploration

The biotechnology industry draws from a variety of different specialties, with microbiology, genetics, biochemistry,  and I.T. all having a significant impact.


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