We are thrilled to feature Amelia O’Connor as one of BABEC’s summer interns! As an incoming senior at San Mateo High School, Amelia is already making headway with her passion for science and psychology.

Through the Bioscience STEM program at San Mateo, Amelia found herself immersed in the world of scientific discovery. She recalls a lightbulb moment while performing the bacterial transformation lab, as she learned how to manipulate cells to produce desired products, “turning them into tiny factories”.  Her desire to continue learning more about how biology can be used to innovate solutions to modern problems brought her to BABEC.


Amelia’s workdays as a BABEC intern are dynamic, with tasks varying from week to week.  On any given day, you may find her learning new lab techniques or creating essential reagents that will be used by students in the coming year. These experiences make her feel like a true scientist as she delves deep into procedures at the lab bench.  She also enjoys connecting with colleagues like Emily Quach, who has real-world experience working in the field of biotech, which is particularly inspiring for Amelia.  

Amelia finds joy in exploring novel ideas and experimenting, making academia an appealing path for her.  When asked about her future aspirations, Amelia envisions herself pursuing a scientific career with a strong focus on research.  Working in the BABEC lab has helped her discover her preference for research over industry.  Biotech holds a special allure, given its vast possibilities encompassing her wide array of scientific interests, including neuroscience, cancer research and plant biotechnology. 

Beyond the laboratory, Amelia is a talented writer and artist. She loves exploring the world of fiction and often delves into fanfiction, creating alternative endings and imaginative scenarios.  Amelia’s other interests include rock climbing, listening to podcasts, nurturing plants and spending quality time with friends.

Amelia’s enthusiasm for science, combined with her creativity and unique perspectives, ensures a promising future filled with exciting discoveries.  We look forward to witnessing Amelia’s continued growth as she embarks on her journey to make a lasting impact in the scientific world.  

Amanda Cherry
Paradise Valley HS
Phoenix, AZ

The curriculum materials are beautifully prepared and easy to understand-thanks for preparing such great resources that are easy to use.

Byron Gougoumis
Burton HS
San Francisco, CA

All Babec labs are well organised and modelled effectively with clear, helpful procedural instructions, easily transposed to the classroom.

Gianne Souza
Lincoln HS
San Francisco, CA

The online resources are SO well done! The best I have ever had. Very little modification to make them clear and easy to follow. I have done two BABEC lessons and they are so well made that they made teaching online fun again.

Heather Johnson
Burlingame HS
Burlingame, CA

When doing the BABEC labs I consistently hear students say they feel like "real scientists."

Marianne Gudmundsson
Glenbrook South HS
Glenview, IL

Well organized and scaffolded; flexible structure and can be used partially or as a whole. This unit can be used as is...superbly written and thought out...incorporates many skills and allows student collaboration and student choice/voice.

Rocky Ng
South San Francisco HS
South San Francisco, CA

Thank you for creating these curriculum materials. I am beyond grateful for the quality lessons, on-the-point figures/videos, and easy-to-navigate biotechnology curriculum.

Thi Ngo
Capuchino HS
San Bruno, CA

The level of support really made the whole process easier and encouraged me to continue incorporating biotech into my curriculum. Thank you for the live assistance during the labs and for responding to inquiries so promptly and with such urgency.

Anonymous Teacher

Really well thought out curricula. Great to see "old" activities that have been re-imagined with lots of consideration to NGSS.

Anonymous Teacher

This was the best educational workshop I have had the honor of attending, and I am so thankful.

Anonymous Teacher

Wonderfully executed. Strengthened my skills. Thank you!!

Anonymous Teacher

BABEC has such a strong positive impact on teachers and students - thank you for your amazing work!