High School Biology with Wet/Dry Labs
Teacher: Micheal Abdelsayed
Ages: High School
Class Fees: $300 or $290 if taking 2 or more classes per quarter. Can be split into 3 equal payments
Designed as a year long class
A high school level course designed to learn biology through hands-on laboratory based experiments. Students will perform laboratory activities that will illustrate important concepts and techniques of molecular biology. Topics will include the life cycles of plants and animals, function of nucleic acids (DNA, RNA), protein structure and function, structure of the genome, genetics, cell structure and function, natural and laboratory based selection, and basic physiology.
Students will learn how to use the scientific method to perform advanced laboratory experiments. In addition to experiments performed by students, Dr. Abdelsayed will provide demonstrations and lectures based on exciting recently published scientific literature that is not normally covered in high school classes. Laboratory experiments will be specifically designed to include illustrations of concepts and techniques of modern day biotechnology.
HuckleBerry is very excited to provide our community with an opportunity for students to not only learn high school biology, but to also be introduced to the world of biotech and the opportunities available for research and discovery within the field of biology.
About Dr. Abdelsayed:
I decided to pursue a career in science after being inspired my freshman year of college by my chemistry class and professor. After earning my B.S. in chemistry with a biochemistry emphasis I realized I wanted to develop my skills and abilities as a researcher by going to graduate school. I completed a PhD in Molecular Biology at University of California, Irvine (UCI). The scope of my research experience in graduate school involved the discovery of functional RNAs (aptamers and riboswitches) by utilizing many molecular biology and biochemistry techniques.
Teaching was one of my favorite experiences during my graduate career. I had the benefit of teaching several classes for two departments at UCI, pharmaceutical sciences and biological sciences. I was awarded an NSF outreach fellowship to be a resident scientist for high school biology classes. Communicating a subject I am passionate about is a fulfilling experience that has led me to want to pursue a career in education. My goal as an educator is to make science relatable to current research as well as the areas of interests of my students. I thrive to have engaging lectures by having students participate through development and discussions of their own scientific interests and by bringing in cutting edge scientific research to relate to current concepts in science.