The University of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest universities in the United States. Founded by Benjamin Franklin on the principle of civic engagement, it remains a world-class institution with an urban campus situated in west Philadelphia. Among the notable people associated with Penn are 9 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 11 signers of the Constitution, and more than a dozen Nobel Prize recipients. BioEYES is proud to be a part of such an exemplary place of learning.
The Penn Compact outlines Penn’s vision moving forward to 2020. It has three core values: inclusion, innovation, and impact. It calls for us to “think globally, act locally” so that we may bring the benefits of Penn’s research, teaching, and service to communities at home. BioEYES aligns itself with the Penn compact by engaging local K-12 students in a hands-on inquiry based lab. The BioEYES educator brings resources and scientific knowledge into the classroom in order to enhance students’ understanding of genetics and developmental biology while sparking an excitement in scientific discovery.
BioEYES is housed in the brand-new Smilow Center for Translational Research building and is part of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine (IRM). The IRM was established in 2007 to study stem cell biology and regeneration. Research here focuses on understanding how cells and tissues are formed and how they can be repaired or replaced when damaged or lost. Zebrafish are one of the model organisms used in these studies. The IRM offers other education and outreach initiatives such as Bridge to ReBIO and summer research internships. For a full list of initiatives, visit www.irm.upenn.edu/program-outreach.