Personal Genetics Education Project

Upcoming Events

July 29, 2014 – July 31, 2014

Professional Development Summer Institute

July 29-31, 2014; 9:00-3:30

Boston, MA

Earn 18 PDPs for the three-day session

Cost: $50 (scholarships available)

Personal Genetics in the High School Classroom: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues

This three-day training for teachers will be an introduction to personal genetics and its impact on society. A wave of personal genetic information is coming – how can we prepare students to make informed choices for themselves and for society as a whole? This training will have two tracks; though both will explore ethical and social issues, one track will delve more deeply into the scientific concepts and be most appropriate for science teachers, while the other will focus on historical events and social issues, and be more appropriate for social studies and English teachers. Several sessions will be in the larger group.

Current high school students are among the first generation that will have unprecedented access to information about their DNA, as genome sequencing and genetic testing become cheaper and more available.  We create interactive lessons that engage students in discussions about the potential risks and benefits of knowing more about your DNA, as well as ways in which they could be impacted. Our goal is to combine accurate scientific content with the real-world impact on people and the choices they may face.

Through workshop-style sessions, we will look at the hopes, realities and controversies in personal genetics. Lessons we will explore include: An Introduction to Personal Genetics, Genetics, Jobs & Your Rights, Genetics and Reproduction, DNA, Crime and Law Enforcement, as well as several others. The training will also include a session by a professor of social work who will address strategies for discussing personal and sometimes upsetting topics with students who may be personally affected by these issues.

Topics to be covered: Advances in personal genetics, the intersection of athletics and genetics, genetics and aggression/complex human behavior, reproductive genetics, low cost genetic testing, the history of eugenics and future of genetics, crime and DNA, and critical thinking as it applies to assessing genetic risk factors.

Content Area: Biology, Social Studies, Health, Genetics, Law and Bioethics; grades 8 – 12


To register, click here. For more information, email Lauren Tomaselli at or call (617) 432-1797.


Start: July 29, 2014 9:00 am
End: July 31, 2014 3:30 pm
Venue: Harvard Medical School
Phone: (617)432-1797
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA, 02115, United States
Cost: $50

August 21, 2014

pgEd at the Smithsonian

pgEd will be setting up shop in the Genome Zone of the Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. We’ll be playing Map-Ed on iPads, having an interactive discussion on the benefits and implications of personal genetics, and answering your questions. Join us!

Date: August 21, 2014
Venue: National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC , DC, 20560, United States

September 19, 2014

pgEd presentation at Harvard Medical School

Marnie will be presenting an update on pgEd and our strategies for raising awareness as part of a weekly seminar series in our home Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Start: September 19, 2014 12:00 pm
End: September 19, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Harvard Medical School

October 17, 2014

ASHG High School Workshop – pgEd leading a section for teachers and students at ASHG

pgEd is pleased to be part of the American Society of Human Genetics’s annual conference taking place October 18-22 in San Diego, California.  The day before the conference formally begins, ASHG hosts a day long institute for San Diego area students and teachers on the new and fascinating topics in genetics and genetics education. pgEd is thrilled to be offering a workshop at this event. We will be talking about the intersection of sports and genetics as a tool to teach genetic concepts like variation, complexity, and gene-environment interaction. More details soon.

Start: October 17, 2014 8:30 am
End: October 17, 2014 2:30 pm
Venue: American Society of Human Genetics
San Diego, CA, United States