2023 Genome Camp

 Sequencing Your Genome Camp for High School Students:

Your Genome, in Your Hands

Individuals typically don’t understand their own genomic data despite its vital importance to the health of themselves and their families. A person’s genome is vast and difficult to analyze without appropriate tools and training.

Currently, if one does seek genome sequencing, their sequencing data is owned and analyzed by the sequencing company. It is common practice for companies to also sell this genetic data to others. We at miRcore want to provide individuals the option of owning their genomic data. This means that miRcore will have no access to the data.

This camp is to start that journey.

With your help, we would like to build a gene-literate citizenry. Students will learn to do real disease research in week 1, explore next generation sequencing technology and data in week 2, and then analyze their own sequenced genome to learn how to research it in week 3.

If you wish to continue doing self-data research after the camp, we will support you as needed.

Please join us in this exciting endeavor.


Thank you for your interest in our sequencing your genome camp. We are currently full for this summer. If you are interested, please check us out next year.


Session (1+2+3): 
        Week 1.  Computational Biology Camp Content (In-person highly recommended: one of followings)
                  June 12- 16, 2023 (Mon-Fri), Time: 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time) on the University of Michigan campus
                 June 26 – 30, 2023 (Mon-Fri), Time: 10 am – 5 pm (Eastern Time) virtual
                 July 24 – 28, 2023 (Mon-Fri), Time: 9 am – 4 pm (Pacific Time) on the Scripps campus
                 July 24 – 28, 2023 (Mon-Fri), Time: 10 am – 5 pm (Eastern Time) virtual
        Week 2.  Biotechnology Sequencing Camp Content (one of followings)
                  June 19 – 23, 2023 (Mon-Fri), Time: 10 am – 5 pm (Eastern Time) virtual
                  July 31 – August 4, 2023 (Mon-Fri), Time: 9 am – 4 pm (Pacific Time) virtual/Scripps     
         Week 3. Your Genome In Your Hands
                   August 7 – 11, 2023 (Mon-Fri), Time: 9 am – 4 pm (Pacific Time) virtual

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) has provided access to the University of Michigan’s high performance computing Great Lakes Slurm cluster for all Your Genome campers to run calculations in a Linux environment.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Academically motivated current (2022-23) high school students interested in computers, math, science, and medicine.


REQUIRED: 16+ years old on the first day of the camp. We need the signed acknowledgement that the DNA they are submitting for sequencing must be their own, is strictly for self-data analysis, and is only for non-medical research purpose.


PREREQUISITE: High school biology class


FEE: $3,240 (including one-year miRcore volunteer membership $300 value)

A computer with internet connection is required to join the online camp. 

Registration Fee: $50 (your registration is finalized after the fee is received)




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Week 1 Overview

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Theme Genes in Diseases Gene Expression Statistics and Biology Gene Networks Social Impact

Personalized medicine and DNA

RNA and Microarrays

T-test and Gene Ontology

Protein functions and Pathways Molecular Functions and Diseases
Goal Initial group presentations on a disease of choice Determining a dataset for group research Identifying RNA biomarkers in a disease Identifying biological functions to focus on

Final group presentations


Week 2 Overview

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Themes -Biotech
-Next Gen Sequencing
-DNA-seq, RNA-seq

-Inter-disciplinary Intro

– Single nucleotie polymorphism

-Careers Intro
-Functional mutations
-Business Intro
Activities -Linux Prep
-Basic Functions
-Linux Cluster
-Advanced Linux
-Running Programs to map to reference genome -Research Time -Presentation Prep
Goals -Obtain SARS-CoV-2 sequences -Connect to server
-Moderate biology understanding
-Begin Project Ideas
-Know research flow
-Identify pitfalls
-Application of research
-80% done with research
-Final Presentations!


Tentative career focus



Law (ethics, patents, policy, etc.)

Pharmaceutics/Biotechnology (industry)



Week 1: Parents are invited for the group research presentation.

Week 2: Each group will pitch a biotechnology business plan based on the week’s research.


Refund Policy

– The $100 administrative fee will not be refunded once the camp application is accepted.
– If a student withdraws, the camp fee paid minus the administrative fee will be refunded if we are notified by May 7, 2023.
– If a student withdraws between May 8 and three weeks before the camp starting date, we will refund 50 percent of the camp fee paid.
– No refund will be given after three weeks before the camp starting date.