SynBERC Education & Outreach

The mission of SynBERC’s education and outreach program is to educate a new cadre of synthetic biologists at the post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and pre-college levels capable of constructing biological components from first-order engineering principles.

We aim to provide scientists with the opportunity to learn about engineering ideas and physical and quantitative problems in biology, and engineers with the opportunity to learn about biology by pursuing their natural inclination to build. We seek to leverage existing, broadly distributed education and outreach networks to maximize program impact; to develop projects that can be replicated and/or adapted by educators at other institutions and settings; to thoroughly evaluate our program outcomes; and to incorporate best practices into continuous program improvement.

SynBERC is a program within the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), a partnership between the UC campuses at Berkeley, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz, and industry and venture partners. QB3 plays a key role in helping SynBERC to achieve its education and outreach goals.

SynBERC Education Team

Jay Keasling reviews lab results with high school students.
Left to right: Vernon Wong, Jay Keasling, Martin Ocampo, and Sophia Argueta.