2023 Biology Workshop

Genes, Computational  Biology, and Cancer

This virtual and in person 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 explore cancer and genetic 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: December 16th, 2023 (Saturday)

Time:  12pm – 2:30 PM Eastern Time (9 – 11:30 AM Pacific Time)

Location: 3 options include In person University of Michigan, Ann Arbor / In person Scripps Institute, San Diego CA / Online via Zoom 

Audience:  Middle schoolers interested in learning about biology

Suggested minimum donation:  $25

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


You will receive email confirmation of the registration and donation.

2023 Workshop Agenda

12:00 pm – 12:20 PM

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.

12:20 PM – 12:35 PM

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

12:35 PM – 1:00 PM

Kahoot Game/Candy DNA– Recap the information taught in the first session by having a fun activity

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch Break – Name That Tune/Dance Party

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Cancer Science Presentation – GDC

1:45 PM – 1:55 PM

Intro to project ideas

1:55 PM – 2:15 PM

GDC Portal activity and research

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Research presentation and conclusion