Inclusive Genomics Education: Empowering Everyone to Sequence Everything

Includes a Live Web Event on 08/28/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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This webinar introduces innovative methods for integrating hands-on genomics into high school and college curricula, demonstrating how affordable DNA sequencing can facilitate equitable STEM access and data literacy. Educators are increasingly able to access low-cost sequencing technologies, supported by freely available bioinformatics tools. This offers students the chance to work with the same data and tools as cutting-edge researchers. We will provide practical tips and strategies for hands-on genomics education, including teaching techniques and recommendations for free or low-cost equipment, reagents, and digital tools. The webinar will feature resources developed through collaboration among three Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs): New York City College of Technology, Spelman College, and the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, along with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center. 

We will also hear from diverse individuals and faculty-led genomics education networks, and industry as they devise methods to make genomics education accessible and inclusive. We will also highlight ethical and culturally relevant teaching approaches for responsible engagement with genomics research. Ultimately, making a wide range of genomics experiences available in any classroom will empower students, particularly those from resource-limited institutions, to gain a deep understanding of genomics and prepare for careers in research and the bioeconomy.


Overview of Presentation:

  • Compare genomics sequencing curricula, experiment resources, and teaching strategies for college and pre-college audiences
  • Identify the ethical considerations, accessibility, and opportunities for inclusion in introductory genomics education
  • Summarise technical and pedagogical challenges in genomics education
  • Generalize and adapt the resources presented to local context and applications

Jason Williams (Moderator)

Assistant Director

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center

Mr. Williams is Assistant Director, Inclusion and Research Readiness at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center where he develops national biology education programs. Mr. Williams has delivered professional development and training for thousands of students, researchers and educators in bioinformatics, data science, and molecular biology. His focus has been developing bioinformatics in undergraduate education and career-spanning learning for biologists. Jason is founder of – a global effort to promote community of practice among professionals who develop short-format training for life scientists. Jason is advisory to cyberinfrastructure, bioinformatics, and education projects and initiatives in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia.

Daniel Shay

Teacher and IST Science Curriculum Director

North Central High School

Dan Shay is a non-traditional scientist. After graduating college with a Bachelor’s degree, Dan taught environmental education for several years before receiving his Master’s in Teaching in 2013. For the last 11 years, Dan has taught and directed a specialized Biotechnology Career and Technical Education program at a North Central High School. The goal of this program is to teach students the skills they need to enter into a career in biotechnology research. In the 5 years that he has directed the program, Dan has received over $100k in funding to update the technological infrastructure of his lab, some of this went towards purchasing the Oxford Nanopore minION and developing protocols for students to collect and analyze sequencing data as a class. Dan was the recipient of the 2021 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair Teacher of the Year award and the 2023 WA State Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. 

Katharina Wolff

Doctoral Student

Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Technische Universität Braunschweig

Katharina Wolff is currently a doctoral candidate at TU Braunschweig, working with Prof. Dr. Boas Pucker in the group “Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics”. Her research spans the realms of Synthetic Biology, Plant Genomics, and Bioinformatics, seamlessly blending wet lab and dry lab methodologies. Within the workgroup, Katharina oversees the operations at the ONT Sequencing Facility. Her role involves leveraging her expertise in both wet lab techniques and bioinformatics to conduct thorough and comprehensive genomic analyses. Additionally, Katharina has developed and supervised a practical Data Literacy in Genome Research course in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Boas Pucker.

Laura Reed

Professor of Biology

University of Alabama

Laura K. Reed is a Professor of Biology at the University of Alabama.  Dr. Reed received her BS in Biology (University of Oregon), her PhD in Ecology and Evolution (University of Arizona), was NIH-NRSA postdoctoral fellow (North Carolina State University), and joined the faculty at the University of Alabama in 2010. Her research focuses on the evolutionary genomics of complex traits and effective science education methodology. She directs the Genomics Education Partnership (, a collaboration dedicated to bringing course-based genomics research experiences into undergraduate courses across the US.


Inclusive Genomics Education: Empowering Everyone to Sequence Everything
08/28/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)  |  90 minutes
08/28/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)  |  90 minutes