Personal Genetics Education Project

Upcoming Events

July 28, 2015 – July 30, 2015

2015 Summer Institute – Professional development for teachers

July 28-30, 2015
9:00am – 3:30pm
Boston, MA

Earn 18 PDPs for the three-day session
Cost: $60 beginning (scholarships available)
To register, click here.


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

This three-day interdisciplinary 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?

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. We help students understand that this information has both personal and social impacts.

Through workshop-style sessions, we look at examples of the hopes, realities and controversies in personal genetics. Topics and lessons we will explore include: An Introduction to personal genetics, Genetics, jobs & your rights, a History of the American eugenics movement, Genetics and reproduction, DNA, crime and law enforcement, and 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, Bioethics, Genetics, English and Biotechnology; grades 8 – 12

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

Start: July 28, 2015 9:00 am
End: July 30, 2015 3:30 pm
Venue: Harvard Medical School
Phone: (617) 432-1797
Harvard Medical School, 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur, Boston, 02115

October 6, 2015 – October 10, 2015

American Society of Human Genetics annual conference

pgEd will be attending the ASHG annual conference, October 6-10th in Baltimore, MD. Details to come as the meeting approaches!

Start: October 6, 2015 8:00 am
End: October 10, 2015 5:00 pm
Venue: Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD, United States

ASHG Annual High School workshop

pgEd is delighted to be invited back to lead workshops on the intersection of genetics and athletics at the American Society of Human Genetics annual high school workshop. This year’s workshop will take place in Baltimore, MD.

Start: October 6, 2015 8:15 am
End: October 6, 2015 2:40 pm
Venue: Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD, United States

October 21, 2015 – October 22, 2015

The Jackson Lab’s “The Whole Scientist” course

pgEd’s Marnie Gelbart has been invited to be a panelist for the 1.5 day career development workshop in conjunction with The Whole Scientist course at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT on October 21st-22nd. Marnie will be participating a panel discussion and leading breakout sessions for graduate students and postdocs exploring the range of careers in science.  Please click for course details and registration information.

Start: October 21, 2015 8:00 am
End: October 22, 2015 5:00 pm
Venue: The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Farmington, CT, United States

November 11, 2015 – November 14, 2015

National Association of Biology Teachers – “Genetics, Ethics and Murder!”

pgEd is thrilled to be presenting at, and attending for the first time, the NABT conference. With our partners at the American Society of Human Genetics, we will be presenting “Genetics, Ethics and Murder!”- a lesson that looks at scientific and ethical issues in forensics.

Start: November 11, 2015
End: November 14, 2015
Venue: Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI, United States

November 12, 2015 – November 14, 2015

pgEd exhibiting at NABT annual conference

pgEd will be running an exhibition booth at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) in Providence Rhode Island on November 12-14. We look forward to sharing our lesson plans and strategies for engaging students with biology teachers from across the country.

Start: November 12, 2015 8:00 am
End: November 14, 2015 5:00 pm
Venue: Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI, United States

November 17, 2015

pgEd’s 4th Congressional briefing

pgEd is looking forward to its 4th Congressional briefing on November 17th, co-hosted by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Senator Elizabeth Warren. The briefing will highlight the most cutting-edge topics in personal genetics, including gene editing, nanobots, non-invasive prenatal testing, and bringing back the woolly mammoth. Stay tuned for full program details.

Date: November 17, 2015
Venue: Capitol Hill
Washington, DC, United States