Biotechnology at UC San Diego

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 San Diego's cutting edge biotech scene

Program Highlights

In partnership with a biotech company, work alongside scientists discovering treatments for various 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 Tuition :

Commuter Tuition:


Limited Capacity (11 Students):
June 30, 2024 July 12, 2024

July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024

July 28, 2024 August 9, 2024


UC San Diego
San Diego, 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.

Excursions in  San Diego – Students do their daily class directly inside a biotechnology lab. In past summers 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.

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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. Zenobia Therapeutics was founded in 2008 with a focus on discovering treatments for neurodegenerative diseases using fragment-based lead discovery.


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