Biotechnology & Medical Forensics
Instructor: Mary Carlson, Ph.D.
Biotech/ Medical Forensics: This full-year, laboratory-focused program teaches basic lab techniques and their rationale. The biotechnology field applies the knowledge of biological organisms to problems that occur in the real world. The topics covered in this introductory biotechnology program include DNA isolation, DNA manipulation, protein isolation, protein manipulation, microbiology, genetics, bioinformatics, and much more. The Medical Forensics class focuses on the proper way of documenting and processing a crime scene including laboratory methods. These topics are investigated in the laboratory using cutting edge equipment and in the computer lab using web tools and information.
Concurrent Classes: Offered through SLCC: BTEC 1000: Engineering Life 3 credits, CJ 1350: Introduction to Forensic Science 3 Credits
Program Expectations: Students will be required to perform their own experiments and be responsible for making up missed lab time after class. Students must maintain an accurate lab book for documentation and follow standard operating procedures for each piece of equipment/technique.
JATC/SLCC CJ1350 Syllabus in progress:
About Mary Carlson: After graduating with a B.S. degree in biology and chemistry from my home town college in Montana, I accepted a entry level technician position in a genetics lab at the University of Utah. I learned many genetic and molecular biology techniques and was part of early efforts to develop chromosomal markers. I later became part of a group that cloned the Adenomatous Polyposis Coli gene (APC) and then went on to pursue a Ph.D. in oncological sciences. As a scientist, I’ve had opportunities in industry and in basic research labs studying cancers of the blood and lymph as well as blood vessel hyperplasia. I’ve transitioned into education to share my love of the scientific process and extensive research background. I hope to introduce students to the theory and methods used in a biotechnology setting so they might have an amazing high school lab experience in preparation for future opportunities. I have embraced teaching as a career and aspire to constantly improve my teaching practice. I was able to achieve National Board Certification as evidence of my commitment to pursue professional development and reflection. I am married and have two daughters. I enjoy hiking with my family, friends, and dog Furgi and love to work on creative projects around my home.