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Biotechnology Club

Welcome to the Biotechnology Club of 2017's Website!

YOU are invited on Fridays at 1 p.m. to Room 104 of the Life Sciences building to attend our inspiring meetings.

We take students beyond the average college experience by participating in activities such as Independent Research, club tours of state of the art Biotech facilities, Act in Science Fairs, take in weekly presentations of current works in the field, plus so much more!!

The Biotechnology Club is open to all GCC student interested in science careers or current biotechnology issues. Visit our student Biotech Club website for updates. Download the GCC Biotechnology Club Constitution

Events and Activities

Our objective is to connect GCC students interested in biotechnology with professionals working in the biotech industry. Club members enjoy an exciting array of club sponsored field trips and special events. Past field trips and events include:

Barrow Neurological Institute for Brain Cancer

The Knowledge Bowl

ASU Bio Design Facilities

Annual DNA Day

Arizona Myeloma Network Tissue Donation Awareness

Project (TDAP) Workshop

City of Phoenix Police Department DNA Crime Lab

Mayo Clinic/TGen TD2 Collaborative Research Labs

ASU DNA Sequencing Lab

Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

Genzyme Phoenix- Diagnostic Testing Facility

Abraxis BioScience

Biotechnology Club Polo Shirts

Biotechnology Club T-shirt

Biotechnology Club T-Shirt front and back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Biotech Projects

*Current students and alumni are encouraged to share news about their projects and/or ask for club members' input. Please email a club officer for details.

DeeJay- Disruption of biofilm communication in order to apply the mechanism to pathogenic systems.

Lucas- The overarching potential of our research is literally world changing. The short term involves a lot of hard and boring work in date collection. I guess it's a microcosm of what science is. Lucas measures the resilience of arterial walls, comparing pre and post-natal strength.

Junior- Works with enzymes of the species Deinococcus aquaticaus. It gives me more reasons to know I can contribute to life its self. I love pop music. 

Ian- I study Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) which is a phototrophic bacteria that grows in a spiral and has a wide commercial value. I am isolating individual chemicals of industrial importance. I have been focusing on A. platensis due to the outstanding number of uses it has. 

Fun Facts in Biotechnology

  • It is estimated there are thirty-seven trillion (37,000,000,000,000) cells in your body!
  • Amoeba dubia has the largest genome with 670 billion base pairs. That is about 200 times more than a Human's.
  • Radiation destroys DNA. 500 to 1,000 rads can kill a human but Deinococcus radiodurans can survive up to 1, 5000,00 rads!
  • The American Cancer Society predicts more than 1,600,000 new cancer cases to be reported in 2015.  
  • Human DNA consists of 3 billion base pairs and is three feet long when unraveled.
  • People have an estimated 21,000 protein-coding genes but have between 250,000 and 1,000,000 proteins.
  • The Tardigrades or "Water Bear" is a micro animal that can survive up to 10 years without food, the vacuum of space, dehydrating to 3% body water, temperatures near absolute zero and over 212 Fahrenheit.

Sponsors Welcome

Your support is greatly appreciated! If your organization is interested in sponsoring GCC Biotechnology Club activities, please email:
Dr. James Tuohy, james.tuohy@gccaz.edu


2016-17 Club Officers
President, DeeJay K.
Vice President, Autumn D.
ASG Representative, Lilly S.
Club Promotions Executive, Alissa T.

Contact:

Faculty

Room: LS-250
Phone: (623) 845-3845
james.tuohy@gccaz.edu