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Synberc's College Curriculum & Learning Materials

Synthetic Biology as a Team Sport: iGEM

Want to work with other young scientists as you design and develop your own synthetic biology research project and compete with other teams from around the world? Check out the International Genetic Engineering Machines - or iGEM - competition here. Are you UC Berkeley student who wants to join Cal's iGEM team? Click here.

Summer Programs: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Synthetic Biology

The REU is a nine-week summer research program that provides undergraduates with basic training in lab fundamentals, exposes them to core concepts of synthetic biology, and engages them in mentored research in the collaborative environments of individual faculty labs. For application deadlines and eligibility requirements, click here.

Lab Fundamentals Bootcamp

This is a five-day course for undergraduates participating in summer research projects. Think of it as a molecular biology experimental primer, where you can get the basics of microbiology and molecular biology, research methods, safety and human practices, experimental design, and demonstrations of basic techniques likely to be encountered in a molecular biology lab. The Bootcamps are taught by UC Berkeley graduate students and postdocs. Though we cannot offer course credits, students who successfully finish the course do receive a certificate of completion. For eligibility requirements, course objectives and session dates, click here.

The Biotech Internship Program (UC Berkeley only)

Synberc and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) partners with local biotech companies to offer paid 10-week summer internships to UC Berkeley undergraduates. For program details, eligibility requirements and more, click here. Regular coursework: Synthetic Biology Certificate Currently this program is limited to students enrolled at UC Berkeley or MIT, or those working in SynBERC labs or SynBERC-affiliated labs. If you're majoring in biology, chemistry, and/or engineering and want to develop greater knowledge in the area of synthetic biology, this certificate course if for you. For eligibility requirements and program details, click here.

BioEngineering-Concentration in Synthetic Biology (UC Berkeley only)

This collection of courses provides undergraduates with a broad set of skills in qualitative and quantitative knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology, laboratory skills in biotechnology, and engineering concepts that span the range from chemical engineering to computer science. Graduates with a concentration in synthetic biology are prepared to work in biotechnology, specifically in research, pharma, and energy applications. Want to know about synthetic biology courses offered by UC Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and UC San Francisco? Click here.

Other resources - Lectures, Videos, and tutorials Principles of Synthetic Biology course

This bi-coastal course, first taught at UC Berkeley and MIT by Adam Arkin and Ron Weiss in Fall 2010, has four main objectives: to introduce the basics of Synthetic Biology, including quantitative cellular network characterization and modeling, to introduce the principles of discovery and genetic factoring of useful cellular activities into reusable functions for design, to inculcate the principles of biomolecular system design and diagnosis of designed systems, and to illustrate cutting-edge applications in Synthetic Biology and to enhance skills in analyzing and designing synthetic biological applications. Synthetic Biology Tutorials: Synthetic Biology Wet Lab Videos: