Boz News

November 16, 2020: Boz is partnering with SDSU for COVID testing 

Since the emergence of the novel Coronavirus, one of the most important defenses we have is to implement widespread testing. That’s why Boz is partnering with San Diego State University to test for SARS-Cov2 shed into wastewater reserves in San Diego. Our researchers are analyzing historical wastewater samples and correlating results with clinical case data provided by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency for evidence of past and future SARS-CoV-2 circulation

For more information about this partnership, visit SDSU NewsCenter

November 12, 2020: No Barriers Too Big 

As the world has been learning to adapt to a virtual world this year, Boz Institute has explored how to reach students that wouldn't ordinarily have an opportunity to participate in the Research Immersion Program. This fall we launched a fully scholarship-funded, online program for students in underserved communities in California and Oregon, as well as a group of students from Ghana. Boz co-founder Liisa Bozinovic, who sits on the Board of a Ghana-based nonprofit, Learn Grow Lead, created the model to include Ghana in the online program. 

For a more in-depth look at the program, check out this article which explores the story through interviews with the program participants and instructors, explains the origin of Learn Grow Lead, and outlines the overall goals of the program.

March, 2020: Boz Institute Summer Research Immersion Program now offered online!

Due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic, University of California San Diego Extension is transitioning all their summer programs online. The Boz Institute Summer Research Immersion Program will still be offered this summer via online format from July 6th - August 14th, 2020! 

We are offering two unique programs:

Project 1: Aging and Protein Aggregation (T/Th 9am – 11am)

Premature aging can induce physiological changes and lead to disease. Protein aggregation associated with aging disturbs the cellular environment and may contribute to onset and progression of age-related diseases. Students will explore protein aggregation pathways which could induce or facilitate the decline of cellular functions, and evaluate methods to counteract the damaging effects of the aggregated proteins. Students will learn to utilize the model organism roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans , microscopy, fluorescent tagging, qRT-PCR and Western Blotting to quantify gene activity and protein expression during several stress conditions. Statistical methods and bioinformatics tools will be applied to mine the data to better understand the biology of aging.


Project 2: Fruit Fly Sex-Specific Metabolic Gene Activity in Brain During Stress  (T/Th 1pm – 3pm)

Our study aims to quantify metabolic brain gene activity of female and male fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) under several stressful conditions, including toxicant exposure, heat, and hypoxia. Students will learn to culture and manage fruit flies during critical developmental stages, microdissect fly brains and extract RNA.  Brain gene expression will be quantified using qRT-PCR; statistical and bioinformatics data analyses will be focused on loci involved in metabolic pathways to better understand the sex-specific coping mechanisms during stress and relevance to human health.

Visit this link to apply! Applications are open on a rolling admissions basis until the program is full. Scholarships are also available here. We hope to see you this summer! 

March 16, 2020: Winter Program Research Symposium Postponed 

Unfortunately, we have decided to postpone our Winter 2020 graduation research symposium ceremony due to COVID-19. All the students have worked very hard during the Winter quarter, and we don't want anyone to miss their graduation ceremony due to health and safety concerns. 


We will update the program participants and their families when we are able to determine a rescheduled date.  We are excited to showcase all of their hard work and efforts, and it is disappointing that this opportunity must be delayed. 

We are very proud of the Winter program graduates, and we thank you for all your work! Looking forward to seeing you again for the graduation ceremony when the time is right. 

December, 2019: National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Annual Report Recognition 

 Boz Life Sciences Research and Teaching Institute's

collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) was

featured in the 2019 NPS Annual Report titled 

"Cabrillo Hosts Cutting-Edge Genetics Research". The NPS and Boz's collaboration was an effort to quantify the genetic diversity of Shaw's agave in Southern California and Mexico. Read about our high school student leaders working on this project through Boz's summer research immersion and internship program. 

See the Shaw's Agave project description and updates here