Introduction to Virology Research

Hijackers LP

About this Course

Learn how biotechnology uses viruses in diagnostics medicine, bioimaging, and the development of therapeutics and vaccines. Students will perform hands-on molecular biology techniques to analyze the effects of viral infections on protein synthesis of mammalian cells.

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: University Lab Partners

5270 California Ave., Suite 300, Irvine, CA 92617


For High School and Undergraduate Students

This experience will offer the next step in training for students by providing meaningful skill development in the laboratory.


Gain knowledge about emerging life science careers

Unique opportunity to work alongside leading industry professionals who will provide mentorship and career advisory.


Build real-world skills

Further develop professional and interpersonal skills so you can thrive in all aspects of life.


Learn cutting-edge life science research techniques

Research methodology training alongside industry mentorship and advisory.


Low student-instructor ratio for meaningful experience

Class size is limited to 16 students to ensure low student-instructor ratios and a rich educational experience.


Gain a competitive advantage when entering higher education or the workforce

Gain hands-on technical training so you have that relevant 1st experience on your resume.


Utilize state-of-the-art
research instrumentation

Our labs are equipped with over $3M of state-of-the art scientific instrumentation used in R&D.


Scholarship Opportunities Available

Our mission is to develop the next generation of life science talent through education and workforce development programming, focused on engaging high school and college student populations historically underrepresented in STEM careers.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tuition for the program?

The tuition is $220.00 includes all laboratory materials and lunch.

What are the prerequisites?
  • High school, college student, or professional.
  • Deep interest in pursuing academic research opportunities and/or career in biotechnology and life sciences.
Where is the class taught?

The class is taught at University Lab Partners.

5270 California Ave., Suite 300, Irvine, CA 92617 

Who is the program taught by?

The class is taught by Ali Al-Hakeem.

Ali has several years of virology experience characterizing the replication mechanism of persistent enterovirus infections. He currently works as a Research Scientist for Crescenta Biosciences characterizing therapeutics for metabolic diseases. Ali received his BS in Public Health Sciences and BA in Business Administration from UC Irvine.

What is the refund policy?
Is there a dress code?

For safety reasons, all participants are required to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. If you do not arrive in proper attire, you will not be allowed to participate in laboratory activities. Please tie long hair back and do not wear dangling jewelry such as bracelets and earrings. All other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as lab coats, gloves, and safety glasses) will be provided.