Hot Topics: Genetic Circuits Workshop

Jun 30
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Washington University, Danforth Campus, Busch Lab 151

Event Description

Bacteria can modify their phenotype in response to environmental signals. And simple genetic transformation procedures allow us to modify the genotype of an organism. When you combine these two concepts, it becomes possible to imagine how bacteria can be programmed to perform logic, similar to the logical functions performed by computers. A genetic circuit allows bacteria to respond to environmental signals in a logically programmed manner.

CircuitLed by WUSTL graduate research scientists Allison Hoynes-O’Connor and Cheryl Immethun, this free workshop will explore how genetic circuits are constructed, how they function, and how they can be harnessed for practical use. Participants will learn to perform a genetic circuit laboratory investigation that is suitable for use in the high school biology classroom.

The genetic circuit lab investigation is targeted primarily at honors or AP high school biology students, but the lab can be presented in a simpler form to general biology students.

All high school biology teachers are welcome to participate in the workshop.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Training in the genetic circuit lab investigation and access to free lab materials for use in the classroom.
  • Opportunity for Q&A and discussion with WUSTL gene circuit research scientists.
  • Learn how you can modernize your lab curriculum with current techniques used in synthetic biology research labs around the world.
  • Networking with other local teachers with interest in biotechnology.

More information about the workshop and an introductory video on synthetic biology can be found here.

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Space is limited. Registration will close on Wednesday, June 25 at 10:00 p.m.

Please contact Allison Hoynes-O’Connor, (908) 868-3402.

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