2016 LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program

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Application now open for the 2016 LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program.

Program dates: July 6-14, 2016 at San Diego Miramar College

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2016

Apply here: 


Key Program Features:

  • $500 one-time stipend for implementation of one or more labs in a classroom located within San Diego County during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Teachers may use of the following LSSI-Amgen Distribution Centers: San Diego Miramar College, Mira Costa College, or Mt. San Jacinto College.

    Eligibility Requirements:

  • Option to purchase continuing education units from Cal State San Marcos Extended


  • Visit biotechnology companies and interact with science professionals.
  • Receive on-going support for curriculum implementation, including loaner equipment and supplies.
  • Learn first-hand biotech techniques that are being used by scientists in the field of biotechnology using the Amgen Biotech Experience (A.B.E.) Curriculum (
  • Must be teaching lab-based courses in the biological, chemical, or physical sciences at a public or private high school or community college within San Diego County.
  • Must be able to provide their own transportation each day of the program.
  • Must agree to implement new A.B.E curriculum in their classroom during the approaching school year and in subsequent years with the support of supplies, equipment, and program staff from Southern California Biotechnology Center.




Register today-“WhoDunit” Intro. Workshop

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LSSI “Whodunit” Introductory Workshop

 Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hosted at Miracosta College


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Receive training on Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Lab 1 with a forensic science focus. The “Whodunit” Workshop is for new science teachers looking to expand their curriculum to hands-on biotechnology techniques.

ABE 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 to be held summer 2016. Save the date: July 6-14, 2016

  • Hands-on training
  • Access to loaner equipment and free supplies
  • Priority acceptance to summer PD program


For more information, please contact:

Erika, Project Coordinator


Twitter: @SD_LSSI


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


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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,


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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

Statewide Biotech Career Site Launches!

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Calbiotechcareers supports industry responsive regional training by CA Community Colleges.  College programs provide hands-on training to prepare entry-level, work-ready trainees with in-demand skills. Besides this ‘know-how,’ training provides the ‘know-why’ so that trained individuals can adapt to a dynamic industry. 

Visit: to discover resources for job seekers and employers in need of a trained workforce.