College offers biotech workshop to high school students

Mar. 03, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

Vance-Granville Community College will hold its second biotechnology workshop for area high school students from 9 to 3 p.m. March 22 and 29.

The workshop is open to high school students in grades 10,11 and 12 that have taken or are currently enrolled in biology and chemistry classes.

The sessions will be taught by college faculty in the biotech lab in building 8 on the college’s main campus in Vance County.

Students will be introduced to the field of biotechnology, which uses living organisms to develop and manufacture products for human use, through instruction and hands-on experience.

The workshop will focus in particular on the theories and methods behind producing and purifying proteins from bacteria found in other organisms.

Participants will induce the production of green fluorescent protein, found in jellyfish, from a culture of bacteria containing the gene. Then, they will purify the protein using common laboratory methods.

The cost of the workshop, including lunch, is $40.

The deadline to apply for the workshop is March 14.

For more information, contact Dr. Danny Monroe, head of the bioprocess technology program at the college, at (252) 738-3232 or