Wendell Lim, George Cachianes and ALHS Students: UCSF iGEM Program

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In 2007, the UCSF iGEM program was started to give talented students from San Francisco’s Abraham Lincoln High School a unique summer research experience while providing graduate students and post-docs at UCSF with valuable mentoring and teaching experience. Organized by Connie Lee, and led by Veronica Zepeda, UCSF Education Coordinator, the high school team works with UCSF researchers to design and implement a synthetic biology project that they take to the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. In this video, UCSF professor Wendell Lim and Lincoln High School biotechnology teacher George Cachianes describe how they started the program and why they stay involved, and students who participated in the 2012 competition tell us what they gained from the experience.

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Wendell Lim is a Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Director of the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. George Cachianes has been teaching biotechnology at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco for over 15 years. As a former researcher at Genentech, Cachianes brings first hand experience of biotechnology to the classroom. The students were enrolled in Mr. Cachianes biotechnology class and were members of the 2012 UCSF iGEM competition team.