Research Creates Teaching Opportunities

In 2015, genetics professor Francisco Pelegrí launched a course called Developmental Genetics for Conservation and Regeneration that ties directly to his ongoing research program. The aim is to have students think about how they could use molecular genetics to preserve biodiversity. Students learn about topics from cellular reprogramming to synthetic biology.

“Pretty much everything I’ve learned about biobanking, I’ve learned by teaching this class,” he says.

And it’s growing in popularity. In the first year of the course, Pelegrí had four students; last year he had 60.

Pelegrí also leads an optional study abroad trip to Costa Rica each spring. “The study abroad is essentially an extension of the in-house course,” he says.

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