The DNA Learning Center popularized many lab experiments that introduce key concepts and techniques of modern biology. We introduced biotech lab field trips in 1988, becoming the first academic group in the world to involve large numbers of students in DNA manipulation experiments. In 1997, we introduced the first personal DNA experiments that allow students to visualize their own DNA and use bioinformatics tools to analyze their own DNA sequences. To date, over 450,00 students have participated in field trips at one of the DNALC’s sites in metropolitan NY.
Beginning in Fall 2022, we will offer these experiment-based field trips to City Tech faculty to use in a variety of classes and disciplines. Pick one or more labs, or work with DNALC to develop a customized lab sequence. Make a reservation, and then meet your students at DNALC NYC, on the second floor of the Pearl Street Building. DNALC staff members will provide all instruction, but City Tech faculty are expected to situate the experiment(s) within the context of specific classes, prepare students for their visit, and provide follow-up discussion of results and implications. We hope to see you and your students at DNALC.
Fill out a request form, and we will contact you to finalize your field trip:
Advanced Inquiry Labs
Advanced Inquiry labs are for advanced or research classes looking for a wet-lab experience that includes extended analysis of data. While performing open-ended experiments to detect DNA variations in themselves and other organisms, students will have time to explore how online bioinformatics tools are used to analyze DNA. Labs may include use of the Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST), DNA sequence alignments, construction of phylogenetic trees, and/or population simulations.