We offer a variety of workshops on molecular medicine for high-achieving high school and middle school students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or related fields, such as biomedical research, drug development, pharmacy or nursing. Camps are offered in summer and winter and there are online and in-person options available, including residential camps held at some of the world’s best universities.
Workshops are taught by PhD-level instructors with years of research and teaching experience. Through engaging lectures and hands-on laboratory classes, students learn normal molecular and cellular biology, and then learn how these normal processes are disrupted or distorted during the development of disease. In addition, there is a heavy emphasis on experimental design, modern drug development, and the emergence of the era of personalized medicine. To conclude the workshop, students use what they have learned to create an original research project on a gene or molecular process of their choice. More broadly, workshop attendees strengthen their academic skills, build their college portfolio, and explore potential career options while making friends from around the world and experiencing college dorm life in a safe environment.
Our university-based workshops are held at UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, and both residential and commuter options are available. Residential students are housed in on-campus undergraduate dorms and eat in campus dining facilities. Teaching assistants/residential advisors live with the students and are available to mentor and assist the students. In addition, the camp directors are on-site 24 hours/day. Overall, we maintain a student-to-staff ratio that is better than the universities require.
University-based workshops include Molecular Neuroscience, Molecular Biology of Cancer, Molecular Biology of Aging, Molecular Immunology and Bioinformatics of Cancer.
We also offer a lab-intensive workshop at our facility in the Bay Area. This workshop – Biomedical Research – is commuter-only and focuses on learning modern molecular biology lab techniques such as flow cytometry and fluorescent microscopy.
Our online workshops include Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry and Medical Bioinformatics. Intro to Cellular and Molecular Medicine is our entry-level workshop that is only two hours/day. Students in the Medicinal Chemistry and Medical Bioinformatics workshops learn how to use online tools to analyze biochemical data. For students interested in doing research or working on a project for a science fair, this is a great way to get started.
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Los Angeles