Age: Rising 8th graders and older
Dates: July 1-14, 2018
The DNA Science Program will introduce students to DNA structure and function, the process of transcribing and translating genetic code into protein, and the study of the human genome. Students will experiment with some of the tools that have allowed scientists to study DNA and the human genome: gel electrophoresis, restriction enzymes, polymerase chain reaction, genetic transformation, and public genome databases. At the end of the course, each student will sequence a small portion of his or her own genome that correlates with a specific physical trait, such as the ability to taste bitter molecules or lactose intolerance.
DNA Science Program Director
Professor Simon Holdaway teaches graduate (Molecular & Cell Biology) and undergraduate (Biology 101) biology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. He is a former neuroscience researcher with a passion for DNA education. For 22 years he taught the advanced biology electives at The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. He also created and subsequently mentored the Guided Research Program at Loomis. Simon loves being in the lab and playing with the cool toys that make up the modern research laboratory setting.