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BioSTAR: Bioengineering Science, Technology And Research


Winter Session Program in Bioengineering at SEAS for First Year Students!

Dates: January 21-24, 2020

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Application Deadline: October 27, 2019

The BioSTAR program led by Samir Mitragotri, Melissa Hancock, will run from January 21 – 24, 2020, from 9:30AM - 4:30PM, in the Active Learning Labs in Pierce Hall. Students will work with mouse cancer cells, learning basic tissue culture techniques and growing the cells in both 2D and 3D. Anti-cancer drug development, research, and treatment will be covered, and students will see firsthand the importance of 3D cultures for drug development. Methods including cell culture, microfluidics, fluorescence microscopy, and viability assays will be covered.

Program Overview
The BioSTAR Program Curriculum will cover:

  • Aseptic techniques and methods of preventing mammalian cell culture contamination

  • Understanding significance of culture media for cell growth

  • Culturing of mammalian cell lines as 2D and 3D cultures

  • Drug delivery techniques

  • Cell staining and visualization: Light, Fluorescence and Scanning Electron Microscopes

  • Culturing bacteria as biofilms

  • Testing bacteria sensitivity to antibiotics

  • Assays to measure cell viability