Our lab conducted a two day hands-on workshop on genetics and neuroscience for ~120 freshman high school students at San Juan High School. This workshop was coordinated by graduate student Colin Shew and postdoc Alexandra Colón. On day 1 the students got to learn about PCR, restriction enzymes, gel electrophoresis to genotype a taste receptor. On day 2 students got to learn about the brain structure and function and how mutations can lead to alterations in its physiology and morphology, specifically in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Epilepsy. The final activity consisted of a sheep brain dissection that allowed students to become familiar with the different brain structures.
Our lab conducted a hands-on genetics workshop at Sacramento Charter High School designed by Dr. Megan Dennis and graduate student Aarthi Sekar. This workshop consisted of 1)brief description of our lab research focus and 2) a hands-on activity focused on in teaching the structure of DNA, performing a DNA extraction and teaching about its applications.
The Dennis lab participated in the Integrative Genetics and Genomics booth in the UC Davis Picnic Day for the second year in a row. This year with a larger representation. :) The booth focused on teaching about DNA structure and genes that make organisms glow.