2022 Biology Workshop

Genes, Computational  Biology, and COVID-19

This virtual workshop is for middle schoolers anywhere interested in genetics, cancer, and computational biology research. Students will learn about the amazing world of computational biology using analytical tools including the NCBI and Nextstrain in order to identify SARS-CoV-2 (virus causing COVID-19) sequences and variants. Participants need NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE to attend this workshop. Attendees will have the chance to conduct research alongside like-minded individuals in small groups with a designated research mentor.

Date: November 19th, 2022 (Saturday)

Time:  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Online

Audience:  Middle schoolers interested in learning about biology

Suggested minimum donation:  $25

(100% of donations will go towards innovative research by scientists working on autoimmune diseases. More information is available at https://www.mircore.org/fundraiser/)



You will receive email confirmation of the registration and donation.

2022 Workshop Agenda

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Welcome – Assign students to breakout groups, take care of any technical issues, opening session to present the agenda for the day and answer any immediate questions.

11:20 AM – 11:55 AM

Presentation/Discussion – An interactive session explaining the basics behind GENES and DNA.

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM

Kahoot Game – Recap the information taught in the first session

12:15 PM – 12:35 PM

Lunch Break – Name That Tune/Dance Party

12:35 PM – 1:00 PM

Virology/COVID-19 Science Presentation – miRcore member

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM

U of M Biology Lab Tour (recorded content)

1:20 PM – 1:35 PM

U of M Biology Student Panel: Research Lab Experience

1:35 PM – 2:00 PM

Intro to miRcore/Awards/Reflection (Science Compassion Collaboration)