Overview of DNALC Collaborations

CSHL DNA Learning Center Locations

Dolan DNA Learning Center

Cold Spring Harbor, New York

The DNA Learning Center was founded in 1988 as the world’s first science center devoted entirely to genetics education. A rural school was established on this site in the 1800s, and the Georgian building now hosts state-of-the art teaching labs and a museum exhibit.

DNALC NYC at CityTech

Brooklyn, New York

DNALC NYC at City Tech, a collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY), is located at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) in Brooklyn. The 17,500 square-foot DNALC NYC facility, opened in 2021, includes six teaching labs, two computer labs, a lunchroom, staff offices, and a museum gallery.

Harlem DNA Lab

East Harlem, New York

Established in 2008. Harlem DNA Lab in East Harlem, NY is located in the John S. Roberts Educational Complex (JHS45) and includes a teaching lab classroom and use of a shared cafeteria.

Regeneron DNA Learning Center

Sleepy Hollow, New York

The Regeneron DNALC, a collaboration with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., opened in fall 2019 and includes two teaching laboratories, staff offices, and a lunch area.

DNA Learning Center West

Lake Success, New York (Closed)

Established in 2002. DNA Learning Center West in Lake Success, NY featured a teaching lab and a lunchroom for visiting students. Before closing in May 2020, DNALC West offered all the great molecular genetics labs offered at the Dolan DNALC, in a location more accessible to schools sited in Nassau and Queens.

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Licensed Centers

Cold Spring Harbor Asia DNA Learning Center

Suzhou, China

Established in 2015
Established at the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), Cold Spring Harbor Asia (CSHA) DNALC is now delivering quality education programs.

CSHL DNALC Beijing No. 166 High School International Life Science Institute for Youth

Beijing, China

Established in 2014
We established a licensed DNALC at Beijing 166 with continuing grants from the Dongcheng Education Commission.

University of Notre Dame DNA Learning Center

Notre Dame, Indiana

Established in 2013
Through a license to the University of Notre Dame the DNALC at Notre Dame (DNALC-ND) offers instructional programs including lab field trips, in-school instruction, summer camps, and engagement at regional and state-level science fairs.

Vienna Open Lab

Vienna, Austria

Established in 2006
Vienna Open Lab is a joint initiative of OPEN SCIENCE and the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, with the aim of making research in the life sciences more accessible to the general public.

The Clemson University Life Sciences Outreach Center

Clemson, South Carolina

Established in 2003
The Clemson University Life Sciences Outreach Center, formerly known as the South Carolina DNA Learning Center, is a program of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

DNA Learning Lab at Singapore Science Centre

Republic of Singapore

Established in 2003
Built at a cost of a million dollars and funded by the Ministry of Education, the DNA Learning Lab is one of two centres set up as part of the collaboration between the Ministry of Education and the DNA Learning Center.

Centers in Development


Mexico City

In Development


Godfrey Okoye University

In Development

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Scientific & Educational Collaborations

Breakthrough Junior Challenge

In 2015, we teamed with the Breakthrough Junior Science Challenge, in which precollege students produce short online videos that “explain a big scientific idea.”


As lead for CyVerse Education, Outreach, and Training (EOT), the DNALC is nurturing the next generation of computationally-savvy biologists through workshops, outreach at professional meetings, and support of faculty at primarily undergraduate-serving institutions.


In 2016, the DNALC teamed with scientists at CSHL and New York University on MaizeCODE, a major research project to develop an “encyclopedia” of DNA elements that control gene action and influence the qualities that are selected by corn breeders.

Curriculum Development

Carolina Biological Supply Company

Since 1986, we have partnered with Carolina Biological to make molecular genetics and biotechnology more accessible to students with a focus on creating innovative classroom activities that give students the opportunity to go hands-on with DNA and explore the core principles of genetics.

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