Genetics in Boston, MA

Design and test original hypotheses to predict gene function of yeast “orphan” genes

Summer Springboard program located in Boston, MA

Program Highlights

Describe the historical experiments fundamental to the discovery of DNA as the genetic material
Explain the Central Dogma of molecular biology, highlighting how genetic information becomes visible as a physical and measurable trait
Connect key cellular processes, such as DNA replication, to modern experimental techniques, like PCR and DNA sequencing
Discuss the ethical implications of how DNA sequencing and gene editing are used in society
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Residential Price: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)

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

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


Late June: June 27-July 9, 2021

Early July: July 11-July 23, 2021

Late July: July 25-August 6, 2021


Multiple Campuses
Boston, MA

Course Overview

Genetics – the study of genes, their functions, and their effects – is at the center of scientific advancement with exciting science, technology, and medical breakthroughs happening every day.

In this summer genetics course held at MIT, students will introduced to the fundamentals of genetics through a hands-on, integrated approach. From its origins to its modern day applications, genetics is a way to solve some of biology’s most complicated problems. Students will work together through a series of problem-based learning exercises to understand what genes are and how genetic information is translated into observed characteristics and traits in every life form, from bacteria to humans. Throughout the two week session, students will also work on a laboratory-based project to investigate genes of unknown function in budding yeast.

Laboratory modules will include in silico (computer simulation) and in vivo (in the organism) experimental techniques, providing a genuine research experience. Students will also visit a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company where career scientists share what they do and reflect upon their successes, failures and learnings.

Meet your instructor


Summer Morrill and John Replogle, Ph.D. candidates

Summer Morrill and John Replogle

Summer Morrill and John Replogle are Ph.D candidates in Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Summer is an accomplished researcher with diverse laboratory experience. Her research at MIT includes studying the effect of gene dosage on genome maintenance as well as uncovering the origin and maintenance of haploinsufficiency in eukaryotic organisms. Summer graduated from Tufts University summa cum laude with highest thesis honors.

John is also a talented researcher and has written multiple publications. At MIT, he has researched aneuploidy in primary cells versus cancer cells. His findings were published in Cancer Cell, a scientific journal. John holds a Bachelor degree in Molecular Biology as well as a minor in Mathematics from Pomona College.

Topics you'll explore

Discussion Topics

Gene structure and organization: What is a gene? What do genomes look like?
Inheritance: How is genetic material copied and transmitted? How do we make new cells?
Genetics as probability: What are the patterns of inheritance? What predictions can we make about genetic outcomes?
The genetics of human disease: What is a mutation, and how does it lead to the development of a disease? How can we use information about genetics to improve treatment and prognosis?
Genome editing: How do we manipulate the genomes of biological organisms?
Bioethics: What are the ethical and social implications of genetic testing?

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