The Mobile Molecular Biology Lab brings contemporary biology research techniques to high school classrooms across the state. Students participate in a weeklong hands-on molecular genetics lab activity. The MML currently offers four lab modules:
- Phenotypes to Genotypes – PTC Gene
- Phenotypes to Genotypes – Eyeless Fly
- GMO-Information coming soon!
- Molecular Forensics (By special request only)
Objectives of the Mobile Lab
- Give students the opportunity to use state-of-the-art scientific equipment and techniques.
- Reinforce the principles of fundamental biology topics such as the scientific method, genetics and evolution.
- Provide teachers and students with a biology experience that would otherwise be cost prohibitive.
- Increase high school student awareness of contemporary biology research and opportunities.
Benefits of the Mobile Lab
- All equipment and supplies are provided free of cost.
- The Mobile Lab Outreach Scientist does the lab prep and leads the activities.
- Lab activities and discussions are designed to help reach the New Mexico State Performance Standards and Benchmarks in the life sciences.
What role do teachers play in the lab activity?
The goal of this outreach program is to engage both students and teachers. Teachers are encouraged to participate in the lab activities, performing the experiment with their own specimen and assisting students in the classroom. Teachers are also encouraged to participate in NMSU-HHMI ASC Summer Programs and become certified to facilitate the Mobile Lab activities independently in their own classrooms.
Where has the MML been?
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) After reading the FAQs, please contact the Outreach Scientist to schedule a visit or to request more information.
Raena Cota, M.S.
NMSU-HHMI Outreach Scientist
Department of Biology, New Mexico State University