New York Bioforce - for Students


New York Bioforce is a workforce development program that provides underserved NYC high school students with 120 hours of strategically developed training designed to meet the needs of biomedical research labs, biotech start-ups, and biopharmaceutical companies.  The videos below function as an overview of the training the students receive before they are placed in labs. 


WORKSHOP: Introduction to Bioforce and Safety in a Lab

Bioforce scientists Kiel Telesford, Rachel Sattler, and Michael Carapezza introduce the first group of Bioforce students to the world of life science research. They introduce the basic structure of research labs, the scientific method, and best practices for safely working in a life science lab.


An overview of microscopy knowledge & skills with a focus on practical applications for life science research. Learn how to use different techniques with real biological samples.

Micropipette Basics 2

Bioforce scientist Rachel Sattler continues her lesson on micropipettes by demonstrating a useful lab technique - how to dilute concentrated stock solutions down to usable working solutions.

WORKSHOP: How to Work with Cells in a Lab (part 1)

Bioforce scientist Genevieve Brown discusses how to use cells in life science research with a focus on the reasons for using cells to study biology and the differences between in vivo and in vitro experiments. Genevieve also covers the challenges that can arise when growing cells in a lab.

How to Make Tris-buffered Saline

Bioforce scientist Rachel Sattler shows you how to make Tris-buffered saline, a buffer solution used in different molecular biology techniques.

Dilution Exercise

New York Bioforce interns learn how to make working dilutions for use in molecular biology experiments.

WORKSHOP: How to Work with Cells in a Lab (part 2)

Bioforce scientist Genevieve Brown walks you through the fundamentals of cell culture. Genevieve covers the different classifications of cultured cells, cellular differentiation, the use of cancer cells in biological research, and different methods and techniques for cell culture.

Micropipette Basics 1

Bioforce scientist Rachel Sattler introduces you to a common life science research tool - the micropipette. Learn what they are used for and how to properly use them in a research lab.

Fibronectin Exercise

New York Bioforce students learn how to apply fibronectin to glass slides. Fibronectin is a glycoprotein that cells can attach to. Coating the slides with fibronectin allows researchers to grow cells right on the slides so that they can look at them under a microscope.

Fluorescence Lab

Bioforce scientist Genevieve Brown teaches the students how to passage their cultured mammalian cells. She also demonstrates fluorescent staining, and uses it to demonstrate the effects of osmotic loading on cells.

DAPI-FITC-TRITC Microscopy Lab

Bioforce scientist Rachel Sattler introduces the students to a powerful technique called immunofluorescent staining, which is the process by which scientists uses fluorescent-tagged antibodies to visualize the distribution of specific biomolecules within cells. They also learn how to use DAPI, a type of fluorescent stain that binds to DNA, allowing the cell nucleus to be clearly visualized.