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Rutgers Summer Biochemistry Program

posted Apr 15, 2014, 9:09 AM by Barbara Fortunato

Dear Gifted and Talented students,

For thirty years, Dr. William Ward, Rutgers University professor of biochemistry, has taught hands-on protein purification to more than 2,000 in-service biopharmaceutical scientists.  So that these scientists can experience biochemical methods manually and visually, he uses green-fluorescent protein (GFP) as the model protein.  Several years ago, he adapted this hands-on lab course specifically for gifted and talented youngsters interested in acquiring an early education in science and the arts. "Experiments with GFP: The Art and the Science," is a Rutgers Summer Session course listed under the title: "Special Topics in Biochemistry." "Experiments with GFP" integrates science with the arts in a way few other courses can match. Doing college level work, these young students learn how to extract and purify recombinant GFP in a laboratory designed for Rutgers juniors and seniors majoring in biochemistry.  On a boat trip in a south Jersey salt march, the kids collect comb jellies and later see the spectacular bioluminescence of these delicate marine invertebrates.  The course concludes with an optional talent show in which most students participate.  Course work is truly at a college level and youngsters earn three Rutgers credits in the 3-week-long summer session course( July 7- July 25 and if demand exists, another section will run from July 28- Aug 15)

Below are few links which give more information on this course. ( Course website) ( Department website) ( To apply )

Attached flyer provides detailed information.

Sujata Charuvu
Head Instructor
Ward Lab, 212
76 Lipman Hall
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Barbara Fortunato,
Apr 15, 2014, 9:09 AM