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Bioengineering Summer Camp

Monday, July 24, 2017 to Friday, July 28, 2017 | 9:00 AM | Generac Hall | * REGISTER *

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A camp for high school students presented by WLC's Biology Department

This Christ-centered camp gives students hands-on lab experience from professors and WLC students. Camp attendees will gain an understanding of the rigor and expectations of the collegiate atmosphere, while nurturing their leadership and teamwork skills in a safe and controlled environment.

Over the course of the camp, students will spend time in morning lectures given by college professors and iGEM team members. These lectures will establish the basic concepts and methodologies of Synthetic Biology, which will then be directly applied to the afternoon lab sessions. In lab, students will be using techniques such as Transformation via Electroporation and PCR (or Polymerase Chain Reaction), used daily in Biological research, to modify and analyze E.coli bacteria, along with discussing proper experimental design and lab procedure. 

The specific modifications and analyses performed in lab will focus on the current 2017 iGEM project (to be presented at an international competition in November), where proteins found in specific viruses (known as Bacteriophages) are isolated and attached to colorimetric enzymes. These protein-enzyme conjugates, when bound to bacteria and washed with a substrate, will cause fluorescence of the attached enzyme. This fluorescence then indicates the presence of potentially harmful bacteria in a body of water, serving as a novel method for testing municipal water purity. Students will be performing the exact protocols the iGEM Team uses to produce viral proteins in bacterial cells (Transformation and Induction), analyze fluorescence, and work with designing the genetic material used in creation of transgenic organisms. 




  • Gain a Christ-centered understanding of bioengineering
  • Master independent thought in public discussions
  • Identify potential career paths
  • Become familiar with the college atmosphere and its expectations
  • Networking opportunities
  • Sharpen your servant leadership skills

Dates: July 24-28, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Overnight option is available)

Generac Hall, Wisconsin Lutheran College
8800 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
(Map and directions)

Attendees: Any high-school age students or incoming college freshmen (as of Fall 2017) may enroll

Cost for lab and lecture: $300

  • 36 spots available
  • Two lecture sessions and two lab sessions each day, with additional groupwork time
  • Lunch, T-shirt, printed materials, and lab supplies provided

Overnight option: $600
Includes everything listed above plus:

  • Food, additional outings, and housing Sunday-Friday
  • Students supply bedding (sheets, pillow, blankets) and toiletries

If you have questions or require financial assistance to attend, please contact Dr. John Werner, Assistant Professor of Biology, at 414.443.8734 or by email.

Camp Testimonial

“Attending the 2014 iGEM Synthetic Biology camp opened my eyes to the possibility of scientific research as a career. Now, as a biology major at WLC, I have come to realize that scientific research is my passion, and this summer camp played a vital role in that realization. During the camp, I felt welcomed and surrounded by strong Christian scientific leaders who have become personal role models. I was encouraged to ask questions, and given the opportunity to have conversations with current college faculty. Over the course of the week I gained excellent experience in operating college-level laboratory equipment, reading scientific articles, presenting on current research, and the rigors of a college-level classroom.” - Amelia