DNA Learning Center NYC

A collaboration of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the City University of New York

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A new DNALC at the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) in downtown Brooklyn is open!

Download the DNALC NYC Informational Brochure

Programs include high school and middle school field trips during the academic year, summer camps, extended research projects, and presentations for the public. Mentor training for teachers and mobile equipment footlockers support in-school experiments. DNALC NYC at City Tech is staffed by educators and Ph.D. biologists who have been trained to deliver an exceptional learning experience to every visitor.

DNALC NYC is located on the City Tech campus at the corner of Tillary and Adams Streets, with convenient access to Brooklyn, Queens, lower Manhattan, and central New Jersey. Ten subway lines stop within several blocks and there is ample room for bus drop-off.

The DNALC is proud to have found a new home at City Tech, a unique two- and four-year institution. City Tech is one of 25 campuses of City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban university system in the U.S. Boasting world-class academics and award-winning faculty, today’s CUNY attracts exceptional students. Founded in April 1946, the City Tech campus enrolls over 17,000 students in schools of Professional Studies, Technology and Design, and Arts and Sciences.


Fall Open Houses at the new DNALC NYC @ City Tech!

Join us at an Open House to tour the new DNALC NYC and learn about our academic year programming!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, RSVP is required. Choose a date and click below to register on Eventbrite

Tue, Oct 19, 2021
3:00 PM–5:00 PM EDT
 Wed, Oct 27, 2021
3:00 PM–5:00 PM EDT
 Thu, Nov 4, 2021
3:00 PM–5:00 PM EDT
 Mon, Nov 8, 2021
3:00 PM–5:00 PM EDT

Visitors must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 7 days before the visit. Proof of vaccination or test results must be submitted using the Cleared4 platform – instructions will be provided upon RSVP. Masks are required at the DNALC NYC.

Field Trips

Half- and full-day lab field trips for students in grades 5–12 employ techniques and tools used by research scientists in the fields of genetics, biotechnology, and molecular biology. The experiences embody key concepts and process skills of the New York State Science Learning Standards and Core Curriculum and complement Intermediate Level Science, Living Environment, and Advanced Placement Biology coursework. Plan ahead for the 2021-22 school year; reservations are open and spaces will fill quickly. Scholarships are available for Title I schools.

Check the Lab Matrix for guidance on grade-appropriate lab selections.

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Student Research

Just as the unique pattern of bars in a universal product code (UPC) identifies each consumer product, a “DNA barcode” is a variable DNA sequence that can identify living thing. The DNALC has developed a user-friendly lab and computer infrastructure for DNA barcode research that supports one of the largest citizen science projects in the world. DNALC NYC is now the hub for the popular Urban Barcode Project and Urban Barcode Research Program.

Learn more about DNA Barcoding Programs

Partner Members Program

Partners Program customized in-school instruction can bolster existing courses or aid in redeveloping science scope and sequence to emphasize student research. Senior DNALC staff work with school leadership and teachers to develop an enrichment program tailored to fit each school’s curriculum and academic needs. 

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St. Davids School students with DNALC educator
a student pours an agarose gel while another looks on


Summer Camps

Fun and challenging weeklong camps for science enthusiasts entering grades 6–12 are offered each summer—in person and virtually. Guided by experienced instructors, students use sophisticated lab and computer equipment to perform experiments several grade levels ahead of their peers. Kit-based virtual camps are also offered.

Download DNALC NYC 2021 Summer Camp Flyer

Learn more on our Summer Camps site

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The New Facility

The DNALC NYC at City Tech occupies a completely renovated 17,500 square-foot space. The new center has six teaching labs with state-of-the-art equipment, two bioinformatics computer labs, and a planned exhibition.

Directions to DNALC NYC

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