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Biomedical Engineering

Three-Week Summer Engineering Program

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

This multiple award-winning program will cover the fundamental biological knowledge necessary to develop medical technologies and devices. We will also go over biochemistry, materials chemistry, and scientific reasoning. For example, high school students will work with DNA via extraction and transformation into bacteria, as well as practice 3D design and 3D printing. Teens will also discuss the ethics and societal implications of biophysics, biotechnology, and biomedical engineering. Jeremiah Johnston, who earned his Masters of Science in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, returns to lead this program every year. Last year, Jeremiah and our students visited A Step Ahead Prosthetics, and we have more amazing ideas for this year!

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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 program

This Program Sold Out Last Summer

Session 1: June 22nd – July 10th
Dana Hall – Wellesley, MA

Session 2: July 13th – July 31st
Longwood Medical – Boston, MA


Throughout the labs in this course, students develop skills in scientific reasoning and asking research questions. Many of the labs are open-ended and promote critical thinking skills. Students will work with DNA via extraction and transformation into bacteria, as well as 3D design and 3D printing.


All of this concludes in a final, group project in which students are asked to research a medical, human need, and propose a technology to address that need. In addition to this, teens must also design an experiment demonstrating that a claim of their technology works. The project culminates in a class presentation.

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

Field Trips

Last year, 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.

Jeremiah Johnston

Jeremiah Johnston earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College and later went on to Yale University, graduating with an M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. While there, he began teaching at the Yale Pathways to Science Summer Scholars Programs. He also worked as a teaching fellow in biochemistry at Yale. This will be his second year teaching Biomedical Engineering at BLI.

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

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. Jeremiah and Jen both 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. Jeremiah and Jen were both amazing and committed teachers that put in extra time and effort.’

‘I loved the group project. Jeremiah 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. Jeremiah was also a terrific teacher and the content was great.’

This program was really fun and engaging. BME is great to learn about gene editing, mechanical implants and much more. Jeremiah is extremely qualified and taught a lot. I really liked how Jeremiah was teaching us so that we could learn a lot while not just giving us answers.’

BioSTEM Award, 2018, J&J • Top Summer Science Program, 2011-2019, NY Times/ • Top Robotics Program, 2017, RoboLoco • Best Medicine Program, 2018, ParentMap • Top Biomedical Engineering, •
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