mtDNA PCR Workshop

Saturday, December 7, 2019

8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

City College – Mission Campus

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Learn about Mitochondrial DNA and its role in helping us understand human ancestry.

About the Workshop
In this workshop, we focus on the unique characteristics of human mtDNA. This lesson and lab will provide students with tools to answer the question: Does your DNA tell you your race, ancestry, or both?

BABEC Program Managers Elizabeth Doggett and Michael Fuller will use NGSS-aligned lesson plans, curriculum and lab protocols in real time so that teachers will be ready to run this lab experience in their own classrooms after completing the workshop.

In the lab portion of this lesson, you will extract DNA from your cheek cells and amplify a segment of mtDNA by PCR. We’ll then visualize results using gel electrophoresis and learn how to identify deep ancestry by analyzing mtDNA sequences. This lab provides an opportunity for students to use multiple important biotechnology skills including micropipetting, PCR, and gel electrophoresis.

What’s Included

  • This workshop is free, but requires a $25 refundable deposit to secure your spot.
  • A $75 stipend will be provided to current teachers.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • High school and community college science teachers have priority for this workshop.


City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus
1125 Valencia Street, Rooms #363 and 364
San Francisco, CA 94110


  • BART: 2 blocks from the Mission & 24th Station
  • Parking fees will be reimbursed by BABEC when parking at the Mission-Bartlett Garage


  • Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Please plan to arrive at 8:30 AM for a breakfast and networking.  Workshop will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

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Jennielyn Dino-RossimtDNA PCR Workshop 2019