Biotechnology Program's Activities and Events

Biotechnology Training Retreat in Napa

Seminar Series

    Our weekly Progress in Biotechnology Seminar Series features presentations given by Industry Insiders and UC Faculty covering current research and development in the area of Biotechnology. See Schedule

    The weekly From Discovery to Product: An Introduction to Biotechnology at the Industrial Level Seminar Series is designed to provide a unique opportunity to gain insight into basic and applied biotechnology at the industrial level. Offered every other Winter Quarter on even years.

    See Schedule


Annual Biotechnology Training Retreat

Co-sponsored by the NIH Training Grant & the UC Davis Biotechnology Program, our annual Biotechnology Retreat offers both UC and private company researchers, as well as graduate, and post doctoral researchers an opportunity to meet and gain a greater insight into private and institutional research.

The event is held at the Christian Brothers Retreat Center, in the beautiful hills of the Napa Valley (4401 Redwood Road, Napa, California). Registration fees are: $45 for graduate students, staff & post docs; $55 for UC Faculty; and $65 for non-UC affiliates.

Biotechnology Retreat Link is HERE.


Picnic Day

This hallmark event has been designed to showcase and celebrate the richness of campus life, the diverse achievements of UCD students, staff and faculty to provide a day of education, information and entertainment to all who attend. The Biotechnology Program exhibit allows the general public to have a hands on experience in various biotech related experiments including cheesemaking, stonewashing jeans using a Novozymes' enzyme, and the extraction of DNA from strawberries.

Picnic Day Link.


NSF Grant: Tools to Teach Molecular Biology & Bioinformatics

Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics for Community College Faculty Summer Institute). This free residential program on the campus of the University of California, Davis, focused on teaching the fundamental concepts of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics required to prepare students for training in bioinformatics. Featuring morning seminars and afternoon computer lab sessions, the summer institute was designed to provide community college faculty with the latest knowledge and hands-on lab experiences to enable them to upgrade their curricula and teach an introductory course in bioinformatics. They learned the vocabulary, navigated through database search tools, discovered Web sites for tutorials and much more. A supplemental online course was offered to reinforce the workshop material and to aid in classroom implementation. The summer institute was intended primarily for instructors in the biological sciences. Teams composed of a biological science or chemistry faculty member and a computer science faculty member were encouraged to attend. This allowed instructors to learn together, to present a spectrum of basic to applied aspects of molecular biology/biotechnology, and make connections to computer analyses of biological data.