Disease Control: Biotechnology Versus Microbes

Brown Pre-College Location-based Programs are immersive and rigorous academic experiences with selected course content and learning locations designed to prepare students for the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century.

Are you up for the challenge to fight emerging drug-resistant infections alongside the world's leading researchers? How do microbial infections infiltrate and destroy the human body? Find out how with hands-on laboratory experiments and site visits to the Center for Disease Control.

Brown has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control to offer students a unique one-week opportunity to study infectious diseases alongside some of the world's top researchers. When not conducting hands-on experiments at CDC labs, students will study and stay at Atlanta's Agnes Scott College.

Course of Study

Why are some diseases incurable?

Medicine is losing the fight against emerging infectious diseases. The microorganisms that cause infections can out-maneuver and genetically transform to combat our best medicines to date.

In "Disease Control: Biotechnology versus Microbes," students will learn:

  • The microbiology behind the most fatal infections facing society today, such as ebola, toxoplasmosis, influenza and insect-borne illnesses.
  • The history of deadly infections that afflicted our ancestors hundreds of years ago, such as the small pox and polio.
  • How antibiotics and vaccines are designed in order to defend humans against deadly drug-resistant diseases.

All students in this program enroll one course:

Disease Control: Biotechnology versus Microbes (CRN: 10904)
The microorganisms that infect us can out maneuver and genetically mutate to negate our best medicines. In this course, students will learn the microbiology behind the most fatal infections facing society today, and the steps scientists are taking to intercept massive contagious catastrophes. We will explore how past pathogens can develop into completely new diseases. We will tackle how viruses like Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Human Papilloma virus (HPV) induce life-threatening cancers years after symptoms disappear.

Program Dates:

One Week Session July 8-14, 2018

Eligibility: For students completing grades 10-12, ages 16-18 by June 2018
An introductory biology or anatomy course advantageous to students, but not required.

Fees: $3,166

This program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting applications.

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Students in hazmat suits at the Center for Disease Control

Residential and Student Life

Students reside, eat and have some of their class time at Agnes Scott College. Students are assigned to double rooms that are fitted with bed and bathroom linens.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the dining hall at the student's residence. Residential and classroom spaces all come with secure Wi-Fi access.

The On-Site Director and Residential Advisors reside in residence hall with students, providing a safe atmosphere that supports student success by emphasizing community building and individual responsibility.

Your Program fee includes:

  • Tuition fee for all courses
  • Residence hall and accommodations during the program
  • All meals
  • Site visits as described in the program description
  • Transfer from/to airport on day of arrival and departure

Not included in Program Fee:

  • Air travel to/from Atlanta, Georgia
  • Textbooks
  • Items of a personal nature
Students in hazmat suits
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Headquarters. Atlanta, GA

A Typical Day

Morning Breakfast
Afternoon Lunch
Evening Community Building
Lab Work
11:00pm Curfew

Location-based programs are academically rigorous. Given the intensity of the program, there is minimal free time.

Dr. Lauren Quattrochi
Dr. Lauren Quattrochi at Agnes Scott

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Lauren Quattrochi is a neuropharmacologist and virology enthusiast who advises the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on how best to design, build, and explore new ways to ignite orphan vaccine research in areas of national need. Much of her daily work centralizes around educating government officials on breakthrough genetic technology and medical countermeasures, as well as possible applications relevant to national biosecurity and biodefense, whether naturally-occuring, accidental or intentionally designed. Her passion for elucidating pathogen mechanisms, novel medicines and disease research pushes her to continue developing new and creative curriculum in the sciences.

Trudi Ellerman is the Director of Museum Education for the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, at the Centers for Disease Control. She has extensive experience at both CDC, and in informal and public education. From 2003-2012 Trudi worked as the Educator, then Director of Museum Education for the CDC Museum. During this time Trudi created and implemented the CDC Disease Detective Camp, CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp, The CDC Docent program and initiated a grade 9-12 public health education partnership with Atlanta’s The Walker School. Trudi also contributes to the education of the 55,000 yearly visitors to the CDC Museum by guiding tours, training docents, and offering educational programming.

Admission Criteria
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Headquarters. Atlanta, GA

Admission Criteria

This program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting applications.

Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Review Committee looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, self-motivation and a readiness for participation in an independent academic environment.

A Complete Application Consists of the Following Items:

  1. A Completed Application Form
    Parents and Students: Please be sure to create only one account per applicant.
    Your application provides basic information about you. In addition, students should be prepared to write an essay telling us:
    • what you hope to learn in the program to which you are applying;
    • why this is of interest to you;
    • what contributions you hope to make;
    • and any further information you want to convey to us.
  2. A Non-refundable Application Fee (payable securely by credit card within the Student Portal)
    One application fee per application submitted
    Before 3/2/2018: $50
    3/2/2018 to 4/27/2018: $75
    4/30/2018 and after: $100
  3. An Academic Transcript or Grade Report
    Applicants must submit grades for the 2017-2018 academic term and two previous academic years. Acceptable forms include, but are not limited to, progress reports, report cards, transcripts and unofficial transcripts. Documentation must include your full name and an explanation of the scoring system in English. Applicants will upload this material in the student portal after they have submitted their application form. Academic records do NOT need to be submitted by your school or guidance counselor.
  4. A Teacher Recommendation
    Within the application applicants must submit the name and email address of a teacher who can attest to the applicant’s capabilities in a classroom setting. An email will be sent to the recommender to provide feedback to the Admission Review Committee.

Please note:

  • In some cases, additional application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, or teacher recommendations.
  • Applications will not be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee until they are complete.
  • Program admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course.
  • Courses may be cancelled at any time due to unforeseen circumstance.

Notification of Admission Decision

Applicants will be notified by email to log into their Student Portal to view their admission decision once it has been made. Admission decisions are usually made within ten business days of receipt of a complete application.

Confirming Attendance with a Program Deposit

Accepted students must confirm their attendance by submitting a $300 non-refundable program deposit. Students attending more than one program must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit for each program. Students will not be able to enroll in courses until a program deposit is received.


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