Atlanta, Georgia: Course Details
Disease Control: Biotechnology versus Microbes
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Scientists at the United States’ Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are the last line of defense against a worldwide pandemic. Are you up for the challenge to fight emerging drug-resistant infections alongside the CDC?
The microorganisms that infect us can out maneuver and genetically mutate to negate our best medicines. In this course, students will learn the microbiology behind the most fatal infections facing society today, such as Ebola, and the steps scientists are taking to intercept massive contagious catastrophes. We will explore how past pathogens can develop into completely new diseases. Even after you feel cured, you still carry the risk of developing a secondary ailment that is even more dangerous than the original infection! We will tackle how viruses like Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Human Papilloma virus (HPV) induce life-threatening cancers years after symptoms disappear.
After gaining a firm understanding of the world’s most infectious pathogens, students will dive deeper into how scientists are developing technologies against microbes in the laboratory. Students will engage in a number of experiments, including growing their own microbes. We will dissect tissues that are especially susceptible to certain types of germs, as well as examine our daily surroundings at the microscopic level to show the beauty and complexity of the world in which we live.
In addition to hands-on experiments, students will tour cutting-edge laboratory facilities that scientists use to study these tiny invaders – from high powered microscopes to insect breeding rooms to bioterrorist emergency command centers. Students will engage in discussion with the world’s most renowned scientific experts from laboratories at the United States’ Center for Disease Control (CDC). There, we will explore the history, currently studied diseases and highly-sophisticated tools used by scientists today to better understand and eradicate deadly microbes.
A note to students: This class has been specially designed for students who want to broaden their knowledge of college-level microbiology, biotechnology, and virology. Topics have been tailored for exceptional high-school students. Content does not overlap with Fatal Infections for SPARK students.
Throughout this course, students will have the opportunity to:
- Grow, theorize and document their own microbial colonies in personalized scientific laboratory notebooks
- Develop robust skills in sterile technique and careful examination of nuanced microscopic phenomena
- Dissect and examine animal organs that play special roles in the body that exempt them from certain immune protection
- Explore and record their everyday surroundings at a “microscopic” level to appreciate the complexity of the unseen world
- Test their microbiology knowledge through oral presentations, theatrical skits, literature research and/or team-driven games
- Partake in scientific discussions with experts on the history and advanced scientific tools at the Center for Disease Control
- Learn about the achievements, limitations and challenges confronting the microbiology field today
After this course, students will have a strong scientific foundation in:
- How microbial infections infiltrate and destroy the human body’s natural defense systems
- How world-renowned scientists design, handle and develop cures against highly contagious microscopic pathogens
- The inner workings and genetics of the world’s deadliest microorganisms
- Basic experimental microbiology techniques and cutting-edge tools to study fatal germs
- The historical context and current medicinal therapies around disease intervention, vaccine development and drug resistance
|Fatal Infections Lecture/Lab|
|Fatal Infections Lecture/Lab|
Global programs are academically rigorous. Given the intensity of the program, there is minimal free time.