Stanford at The Tech

Learn genetics with a Stanford scientist! 
Weekday mornings in the BioDesign Studio

The Stanford Department of Genetics offers graduate students the chance to work with visitors at the Tech. They help guide visitors through hands-on activities, answer questions about genetics, and improve their science communication skills! For more on this program, check out the official Stanford page

Seven different activities are offered on a rotating basis weekday mornings from 10am - noon.


Ancient DNA
Use DNA information to uncover the stories of people and animals who lived long ago.


DNA Necklaces
Learn about DNA and cells while purifying your own DNA


Cheek Cell Imaging
Learn about cells, DNA, and microscopes while taking a closer look at the cells inside your mouth. Then take a picture of your cheek cells home with you.


DNA forensics
Learn about (and use!) the tools biologists use every day, including pipettes, agarose gels, and electrophoresis. In the process, figure out which of three suspects is the true criminal!


PTC Taste Test
Ever wondered why some people hate the taste of broccoli? Test out your bitter taste abilities, and learn about dominant/recessive genes


Lactose Tolerance and Natural Selection
Learn why some people can drink milk, and some can't! This game explores how natural selection led to lactase persistence in some groups of people.


CRISPR in Yeast
Learn why CRISPR is, why it's so cool, and how it can be used to change DNA of a living organism

Looking for your yeast CRISPR results? Click here to find your plate!