Published March 2, 2017
Four hundred 8th-graders will take a first step toward understanding personalized medicine when they attend the third annual Genome Day on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Thursday.
UB and Roswell Park Cancer Institute have teamed up to engage these budding scientists and researchers as part of a series of STEM events designed to raise awareness and pique student interest in pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
The event will include brief remarks by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Kriner Cash and leaders from Roswell and UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS).
Additionally, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and Lamar Transit will recognize Desanay Nalls, a 10th grader at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, who is this year’s winning designer of the STEM poster hanging in 10 NFTA bus shelters.
Following these remarks, graduate students and postdoctoral associates will lead small groups of students in DNA extraction and other hands-on learning activities. These include karyotyping for chromosomal differences, origami to model DNA structures and identifying genetic mutations by interpreting sequences from healthy cells and tumor cells.
Genome Day is a partnership of UB’s CBLS; UB’s Genome, the Environment and the Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence; the State University of New York; and Roswell Park; with the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Public Schools.
UB and partners are hosting the following STEM events: