ABE Winter 2018 PDI

ABE Winter 2018 PDI

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 8:30pm to Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 4:30pm
ABE MA Site at Harvard University
Harvard Science Center
1 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States




Amgen Biotech Experience Professional Development Institute (PDI)

Harvard University – Winter 2018


The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) directly aligns with the U.S. National Research Council’s finding that high-quality laboratory experiences promote students’ interest in science and science careers. The program engages students in learning molecular biology using relevant curricula, tools, and techniques. Participating teachers receive a loaned kit with research-grade equipment and supplies that allow students to participate in advanced science laboratories. The hands-on ABE curriculum ties the laboratory experiences to the development of medicines, using technologies employed by the biotechnology industry in the discovery of human therapeutics. Students learn the use of recombinant DNA techniques and important molecular “tracers.”


Professional development for ABE teachers enables them to keep pace with scientific advances and technologies and to introduce their students to the latest scientific discoveries. Teachers and students alike experience the excitement of participating in cutting-edge science with significant real-world applications.

You can read more about the Amgen Biotech Experience program here: http://www.amgenbiotechexperience.com or read the latest press release written by Scott Heimlich, VP of the Amgen Foundation.


The Amgen Biotech Experience at Harvard University will be offering a two-day professional development institute for local high school teachers and ABE program affiliates this winter.


When: January 17 - 18, 2018 (8:30am - 4:30pm, optional dinner 5 - 6:30pm on 1/18)

Where: Harvard University Science Center, Cambridge MA

How to Apply: Please complete online application

Questions: Contact Alia Qatarneh by email aliaqatarneh@fas.harvard.edu

Labs covered: 

  • Laboratories 1.1 and 1.2: Micropipetting and Gel Electrophoresis
  • Laboratory 2A: Preparing to Verify the rfp Gene: Digesting the pARA-R Plasmid
  • Laboratory 4A: Verification of the Recombinant Plasmid Using Gel Electrophoresis
  • Laboratory 5A: Transforming Bacteria with the pARA-R Plasmid
  • Laboratory 6: Purifying the Fluorescent Protein
  • PCR