Research Scholars: Life Sciences

This study aims to quantify metabolic brain gene activity of female and male fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) under several stressful conditions, including toxicant exposure, heat, and hypoxia. Students will learn to culture and manage fruit flies during critical developmental stages, microdissect fly brains, and extract RNA.  Brain gene expression will be quantified using qRT-PCR; statistical and bioinformatics data analyses will be focused on loci involved in metabolic pathways to better understand the sex-specific coping mechanisms during stress and relevance to human health.

In partnership with Boz Institute, we will offer a unique science research learning experience. Our programs will involve field work, fundamental molecular biology topics, modern laboratory techniques, and relevant bioinformatics and statistical applications. Learn to synthesize life science fundamentals, review literature, formulate hypotheses and design experiments, collect and process samples, execute experiments, analyze data, and showcase your work through poster presentations attended by local scientists and industry leaders.

Availability description

This opportunity is offered online and will require students to be available Tuesdays and Thursdays (5pm – 6:20pm) for lectures.

Date(s)
-
Age/Grade Level
Grades 9-12
Cost Range
Greater than $200
Time of Day
Online/Hybrid
Opportunity type
Out-of-school Programs
Area of Interest
Biology / LifeSciences
General Science
Physical Science
Financial Support or Scholarship Available?
No
NGSS Aligned?
No
Location Address:
San Diego, California, 92093
Contact Name:
Maysoon Dong
Email:
precollege@ucsd.edu
Telephone:

Research Scholars: Life Sciences

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