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Biomedical Engineering

Three-Week Summer Engineering Program 2024

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Twice Named “Top Biomedical Engineering Program for High School Teens”

This multiple award-winning program covers the fundamental biological knowledge necessary to develop medical technologies and devices. Students go over biochemistry, materials chemistry, and scientific reasoning. Students work with DNA via extraction and transformation into bacteria, as well as practice 3D design and 3D printing. Teens discuss current breakthroughs in, and also ethics and societal implications of, biophysics, biotechnology, and biomedical engineering. 

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This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens. Residential students at the Longwood Medical Area must be rising tenth graders or above.

Students do an experiment in the Biomedical Engineering three-week summer engineering program

Session 1: June 24th – July 12th, 2024 | Olin/Wellesley, MA 

Session 2: July 15th – August 2nd, 2024 | Boston Location 
More About: Awards – Research Programs – Sample Week


Student research groups designed and 3D printed their own prosthetic devices. Students also studied and researched treatments for glaucoma. They proposed a roadside test to determine THC intoxication. Teens also designed a device to deliver insulin to type-I diabetics in a discreet way (via an Apple-watch-like insulin pump), and explored ways to design bioplastics for patients who need straws in straw-free locales.


In a final group project, students researched a medical, human need, and proposed a technology to address that need. In addition to this, teens designed an experiment demonstrating that a claim of their technology works. The project culminated in a class presentation.

Students wearing lab coats prepare for a medical experiment at Boston Leadership Institute

Field Trips

In 2019, students went on tours of Step Ahead Prosthetics–a leader in prosthetic treatment and design–as well as Boston University’s Biomedical Engineering Department.

Students have also visited The Karp Lab where they studied modern bio-engineering and regenerative medicines.

NOTE: COVID will impact field trips. We cannot guarantee any given field trip will run as in past years or at all.

Teaching Team:

Instructor: Dr. Lee Lawton

Dr. Lee Lawton earned her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan Medical School. Before this, she was a Research Assistant at Cornell University Medical Center for six years. Dr. Lawton completed postdoctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital and The Whitehead Institute, an entity of MIT, after she completed her PhD. Following these accomplishments, Dr. Lawton moved to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where she was a Scientific Manager and Strategic Planner for the DFCI Lymphoma Program. Dr. Lawton will bring her extensive knowledge to BLI’s Biomedical Engineering program to cover human genetics and research during her unit.

Instructor: Koustav Kundu

Koustav is a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry department at Boston University. Koustav will bring his experience in materials chemistry and nanotechnology to his week of Biomedical Engineering. His research projects include work in bone tissue engineering, a subject which he will share with BLI students.

Instructor: Isabella Solaroli

Izzy is a medical student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Before entering medical school, she earned her degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa Honors Program. Izzy’s focus in Biomedical Engineering was Biomechanics, so she will be covering medical devices and 3D printing of tools and prosthetics during the week she teaches Biomedical Engineering at BLI.

Student Comments

‘Our projects were hands on and collaborative so we got to learn how to work together on a variety of engineering design challenges. Our instructors pushed us to think creatively to solve our own problems rather than telling us the answers right away. They gave us helpful advice and were willing to give up their extra time to help anyone who wanted it.’

‘Each lecture and lab helped me understand a new subject. The teachers were both amazing and committed teachers that put in extra time and effort.’

‘I loved the group project. My teacher had an enthusiasm that lit up the room.’

‘The program taught me a lot about biomedical engineering and also a lot about science in general.’

‘This program was really fun and engaging. BME is great to learn about gene editing, mechanical implants and much more.’

Students pose for a photo in the Biomedical Engineering three-week summer engineering program

Note: This page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

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