One of Carin Cornelissen’s students once said “I want to be just like you when I grow up,” aspiring to become a biology teacher. Years later, that student is now Cornelissen’s co-worker at Anna Lyceum school in the Netherlands.
It’s a dream come true for Cornelissen, who has always loved working with young people. She works to share her enthusiasm for biology through programs like the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE). “I always wanted to be a teacher, and biology is a subject most students enjoy,” she says. “It’s important that young people learn about ecology, healthy food, and how their own bodies work. And, it is important to teach them about biotechnology, so they can be critical and develop an opinion about the research that’s been done, especially in genomics.”
ABE Netherlands-DNA Labs on the Road gives students a new perspective on the world of biotechnology, Cornelissen explains. “It gives them an opportunity to do lab work that otherwise would not be possible at a school,” she says. “Students are always surprised to see what we can do in nowadays science, from bioinformatics to DNA analysis.”