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Intro to Biotech

One-Week Summer Engineering Program

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This one-week program is for students interested in understanding the process of drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.Students learn Synthetic Chemistry techniques through hands-on synthesis of a simple drug molecule, its isolation, and purification.

The program provides an introduction to the knowledge required for a potential career in the pharmaceutical industry.

The program allows students to learn Biotechnology in the center of one of the biggest pharmaceutical hot-spots in the nation. Our location gives the students the opportunity to engage in hands on experience and instruction from leading pharmaceutical and bio-tech professionals. This year we have lined up guest lectures from industry experts and a field trip to a biotech/pharma company.

This one-week summer program is designed for teens interested in biotech & business.

Students use black lights for an experiment in the Intro to Biotech one-week program


July 10 – 14 | Gann/Bentley, Waltham

August 7th – 11 | Wellesley

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Lauren Oparah

Lauren is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering in Bioengineering and Biomedical engineering at Rice University where she is also a graduate student research assistant, analyzing the effects of outside factors on glucose concentration readings by adult glucometers

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Maria Lazebnik

Ms. Lazebnik is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Bentley University teaching Human Biology, Human Inheritance, and Human Health and Disease. She also has experience with utilizing analytical instrumentation and digital teaching technologies including data-mining resources and more. Ms. Lazebnik is involved in research focused on undergraduate STEM education and developing innovative course content to work hand-in-hand with the curriculum, in particular with a project at Boston’s Museum of Science. Ms. Lazebnik received her BS in Neuroscience and Biology as well as her MS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Brandeis University. Later, she received her PhD in Genetics from the Tufts University School of Medicine. In addition, she has extensive research experience including working as a research fellow at NIH, research associate at Brandeis and Tufts, and a postdoctoral fellow at Tufts Molecular Oncology Research Institute. Finally, Ms. Lazebnik is a multi-published educator and research scientist. She has had three articles published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Aaron Bradford (Session 2)

Dr. Aaron Bradford is an adjunct professor at Bentley University. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Integrative Toxicology.

Student Comments

‘I really enjoyed the program and my teacher. I learned a lot during the program like how difficult it is to get a drug passed by the FDA or to even make a drug that works with no side effects…I also learned what a successful Biotech company needs like marketing and money.

‘I liked the demonstrations and hands-on experiments.The field trip was also fun. The teacher was very good and organized, but she still let us be independent for research and didn’t control our debate as a class (which is a good thing)’

‘I liked how we learned about the industry of biotechnology and the different roles that are played there. I also liked how we observed drug discovery and the process which surrounds it.’

Students do an experiment in the Intro to Biotech one-week summer engineering program

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