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Bio Tech

Location: JATC-North
9301 South Wights Fort Road
West Jordan, UT 84088
 

Instructor:

Mary Carlson, Ph.D.

Course Information:

Biotech Gallery Walk

JATC/UVU Syllabus

Required Forms 2019-20

Parent Meeting agenda

Poster Symposium 

Program Description:

Biotech: 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, forensics, bioinformatics, and much more.  These topics are investigated in the laboratory using cutting edge equipment and in the computer lab using web tools and information.

Advanced:  The full-year JATC Biotechnology program must be completed before enrolling in the JATC Advanced Biotechnology program. Students at this level will receive credible research experience including but not limited to the following areas: microbiology, genetics, forensics, and bioinformatics. These topics are investigated in the laboratory using cutting edge equipment and in the computer lab using web tools and information. Students learn about more advanced topics in a more independent lab experience.  

Program Expectations:

Biotech: 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.

Advanced: 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. Students will have an enhanced education through legitimate lab experiences, job shadow opportunities, and independent project work. This course will provide an opportunity for independent exploration and experimentation to expand student lab skills and theoretical knowledge.

 

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 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.