Latest Event Updates

Foodborne Outbreak Lab Workshop hosted by Embi Tec + Miramar College

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Embi Tec, a local biotechnology company in partnership with Miramar College would like you to attend a Foodborne Outbreak Lab workshop that you can teach the Scientific Method in your classroom with your students.

We’d like you to participate in this pilot lab and give us some feedback to help us ensure that this curriculum and lab is in alignment with inquiry based learning for high school students.


What:      Foodborne Outbreak Lab

Where:    Miramar College, 10440 Black Mountain Road San Diego, CA

                Science Building, Room S5-102

When:     Saturday September 26th, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Breakfast will be provided, so please RSVP with Pauline at: by September 23rd 2015.


Save the Date-Upcoming ABE Workshops

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LSSI Alumni Workshop and NGSS Discussion

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at San Diego Workforce Partnership


To register, email:

The Amgen Program Office will be in California conducting focus groups that will help them gain insight about teacher’s knowledge and implementation of the NGSS as well as what resources will be helpful to them. The San Diego site was selected as a target audience and we will be hosting this session at San Diego Workforce Partnership’s office.

A $25 gift card will be provided for your participation and feedback. Lunch will also be provided.

LSSI “Whodunit” Introductory Workshop

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Miracosta College


Register at:

Receive training on ABE lab 1 with a forensic twist. The Who Done it Workshop is for new teachers looking to expand their science curriculum to hands-on biotechnology techniques.  Lab 1 focuses on micropipetting and gel electrophoresis. An overview of the lab series will be provided as well as information on the full ABE professional development institute held during the summer.

LSSI Alumni Workshop

Saturday, January 30, 2016


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Come and meet with past LSSI alumni teachers and receive an overview of the Amgen Biotech Experience labs 1-6.  Lunch will be provided.

2015 LSSI 6-Day Program Overview

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From July 9th to July 16th biology and chemistry teachers from all over San Diego county attended this 6-day program, their challenge – to learn the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) curriculum.  The class was taught at San Diego Miramar College by Sharon Price, Dr. Gloria Bañuelos, Dr. Sandra Slivka and past LSSI ABE teacher alumni.  The program certifies and gives teachers the necessary tools in order to facilitate the implementation of the curriculum into their classrooms.  By introducing students to ABE with the relevant biotech lab techniques, curricula and tools, high school and middle school students are more likely to be interested in careers in scientific discovery.

Lab 6 results: success!
Lab 6 results: success!

Besides completing labs and interactive activities, teachers heard from Octavio Espinosa from BioSurplus, Inc. speak about his path through a biotechnology career. Teachers also participated in industry site visits to Pharmatek, Ballast Point and Pfizer in order to be informed on what working in a biotechnology lab is like as well as the interconnected career paths many scientists can take.     

Hands-on activity at Pharmatek
Hands-on activity at Pharmatek with teachers and James Keegan.

Pharmatek speakers included: Lisa Caralli, Amy Fager, Collin Burger, Jon Hendricks, Scott Stirn, Christine Obana, Jenn Samore, Roger Parks and Vivian Hansen.

Pfizer speakers included: Oleg Sten and Mike Greig.

To learn more about the ABE or register for next summer, please visit or contact: Erika Arangure,

LSSI Workshops with Industry Site Visits! Sign-up today.

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The LSSI-ABE San Diego Team is hosting a one-day refresher course on the ABE labs, including an industry visit. The workshop will provide LSSI alums an opportunity to improve upon their skills and knowledge within specific lab sequences:

-Tools of the Trade and What is Genetic Engineering? (think Insulin and Diabetes) -Lab 1

Pipetting, Gel Electrophoresis

-Gene Cloning:  Making and Verifying Recombinant Plasmids-Labs 2-4

Plasmid DNA, Restriction Enzymes and Gel Electrophoresis

-Getting Recombinant Plasmids into Bacteria and Bacteria Multiplication to Make Protein -Labs 5 and 6

Bacterial Transformation and Protein Purification

We plan to tailor this workshop to fit the needs of its participants.  In your RSVP email reply, please include which labs you would like to focus on:  Lab 1, Labs 2-4, or Labs 5-6.

 Date: Wednesday July 22, 2015

Time: 8-5pm

Location: San Diego Miramar College, Science Building S5-102

Lunch is provided. 

Limited Space is available so please sign-up today!

Email: to RSVP

Additional Workshops Available:

ELISA Workshop

July 23rd 8:30-5pm
Open to all new and alumni LSSI teachers. Workshop includes an industry site visit to Pfenex, Inc. Lunch and transportation is provided to an from the industry visit.

Limited Spots available for all workshops. Please sign-up ASAP at:
For more information on the workshops, please visit:

Open to your Students: MSJC STEM Summer Institute

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This year Mt. San Jacinto College is offering a 4-day STEM Summer Institute with 4 tracks:

Track 1: Solidworks, Makerbot, & Robotics
Track 2: Forensic Science
Track 3: Environmental Education
Track 4: Sustainability with Wind Turbines. 
The summer institute is open to current MSJC students as well as high school juniors and seniors.
To register, please go to:

For more information, please email


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The LSSI-Amgen Program six-day summer institute will take place on July 9-16, 2015 at San Diego Miramar College.  This program takes the place of the previous 12-day LSSI Teacher program but will provide the same overview and training of the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) hands-on biotechnology lab series with industry site visits.

This year, the program will be peer-to-peer taught bringing in highly experienced ABE Teachers currently implementing the series in their classrooms. The program will provide hands-on instruction, sharing of best practices, and networking.

The six-day institute is open to local high school and middle school science teachers currently or will be teaching a lab course in the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.

Once teachers complete the training they will receive:

  • Implementation support including loaner lab equipment and supplies
  • Access to other resources and curriculum provided by the Miramar Amgen Teacher Support Center (MATSC) at the Southern California Biotechnology Center
  • Will be part of the ABE community and access to resources, discussion forums, webinars, and teaching materials through the Amgen Biotech Experience
  • Invitation to special industry site visits planned throughout the school year for teachers
  • Implementation support including loaner lab equipment and supplies
  • $500 upon implemention during the following school year (applies only to teachers that implement within our SD-ABE region)

To request an application, please contact: Erika Arangure, Project Coordinator

First Forensic Workshop of the year-Success! Next one is March 7th at MiraCosta College

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On Saturday, January 31st twelve teachers from different areas of San Diego came together at San Diego Miramar College to learn new biotechnology curriculum with the opporutnity to implement immediately into their classroom. The teachers received an introduction to the Amgen Biotech Experience (, the six-lab series hands-on biotechnology curriculum used in high school and middle school classrooms to teach students the methods of scientific discovery and increase science literacy in the region. The teachers also learned about the 6-day summer professional development program for teachers, Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI).  LSSI provide teachers with a 6-day professional development workshop in the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) lab series that also includes industry site visits to local biotechnology companies. Once teachers participate in the program they become part of the ABE community and have access to loaner equipment and supplies as well as additional opportunities to participate in year-round ABE activities including webinars, industry site visits, student experiences, and technical support.

Next Forensic Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 7th at MiraCosta College. Limited spots are available.  

Sign-up at:

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Science Teachers-Invite your students to apply for a 2015 summer paid internship!

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LSSI is accepting applications through Saturday, March 28th for its 2015 summer program.  Now entering its 11th year of connecting high school students with internships at The Scripps Research Institute, Salk Institute, and UCSD Extension, the LSSI program includes a one-week pre-internship “boot camp” of hands-on research experience held at Grossmont and Miramar colleges with college credit, as well as the opportunity earn college prep units from UCSD, Extension.
Program Dates: June 22-August 14, 2015
Boot Camp: June 22-26, 2015
Deadline to apply: Saturday, March 28, 2015 (11:59pm PST)
Eligibility Requirements to apply Include:
  • At least 16 years of age on or before June 29, 2015
  • Min. 3.0 GPA
  • Have taken at least a year of biology and chemistry
  • Commit to 40hrs/wk for the duration of the program
If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact: Erika Arangure, Project Coordinator at


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LSSI & SD Miramar College participated in the 2014 High Tech Fair

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Another successful high tech fair has passed.  Thank you to our volunteers for assisting us.  We had over 500 students, parents, and teachers visit our booth.  LSSI alumni students talked about their summer experience and conducted a DNA extraction using wheat germ with our guests.

Here are some photos to highlight the day.


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SDSA High Tech Fair Student/Parent Night

Tues. Oct. 21

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Bing Crosby Hall

5-8 p.m.

Free Admission, family friendly for grades 6-12

At the High Tech Fair you can learn how medicines are made at Genentech or find out how to stop a plane like an engineer does at UTC Aerospace Systems. Nearly 60 exhibitors are expected from San Diego’s innovative industries in aerospace/engineering, biotech, clean energy, conservation, healthcare, robotics, and information/communication technology. Through corporate sponsorships and individual contributions we can offer this event free to attendees. Pictures from past events can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Please RSVP to attend at

Donations are accepted to support the Fair, but admission is free.