Mobile Science Labs

*Information on COVID-19 and GGC’s Education Outreach


We are excited to be scheduling school visits for the Gene Machine and Helix Express vehicles for the 2021-22 school year! GGC is continuously monitoring COVID cases and have the following safety precautions in place:

Gene Machine: Because the Gene Machine mobile lab is a compact space and social distancing is not possible, GGC is requiring the use of face masks while onboard. Our instructors will wear masks, and we will provide masks for students who do not have one. Instruments, lab benches, and seats are cleaned frequently. No student will be allowed on board who is experiencing any symptoms of illness.

Helix Express: The Helix Express van allows us to bring equipment and activities into you classroom. Our instructors are required to wear masks inside your classroom, and we encourage the use of masks for all students and teachers during our visit. All equipment is carefully cleaned between each use.

Please contact Dr. Leta Tribble at LMT@ggc.org or (864) 943-4170 with any questions regarding our COVID safety protocols.


The Mobile Science Laboratory Program allows the technology and expertise of the Greenwood Genetic Center to come directly to your school.

In 2010, with the support of a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute, GGC acquired the Gene Machine, a 41 foot custom coach equipped as a mobile science laboratory. The Gene Machine is equipped with microcentrifuges, thermocyclers, gel electrophoresis apparatus, micropipettes, vortexes, water baths, magnetic heaters and electronic balances. It can accommodate up to 24 students at a time and includes safety equipment and an ADA-approved automatic wheelchair lift.

In 2017, with funding from the SC Educational Oversight Committee, we added a cargo van, the Helix Express, to our growing fleet. The Helix Express allows our instructors to transport lab equipment into the classroom to accommodate larger class sizes and expand our reach to serve more students.

Both vehicles allow students to engage in fun, entertaining and educational scenarios where they have the opportunity to learn about genetic traits and disorders, understand the lab techniques used in making a diagnosis as well as consider the ethical implications of testing and explore careers in the life sciences. Teachers can select from multiple lab activities including basic lab skills and genetic modules. Each of the modules addresses STEM initiatives and South Carolina Science Standards. The Gene Machine and Helix Express are available to visit middle and high schools across South Carolina at no charge to the school.

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Modules and Forms

Schedule A Visit

This year we have a new option to request a visit from the Gene Machine or Helix Express electronically. Paper forms are also available if you prefer. Please do not submit both.

 

Genetic Education Center

*Information on COVID-19 and GGC’s Education Outreach


The Genetic Education Center is currently open for scheduled visitors or groups. Masks are required at all times while inside the building. Tours of GGC Laboratories have been suspended until further notice. Contact Dr. Leta Tribble at LMT@ggc.org or (864) 943-4170 with any questions.


The best way to understand what happens at the Greenwood Genetic Center is to come for a visit!

Our Genetic Education Center welcomes students and other groups throughout the year for an interactive hands-on experience. Groups will learn how GGC operates and the types of activities we are involved in from research studies to clinical care to the latest in diagnostic testing. Student groups have the opportunity to engage in genetic analysis and testing in our student lab, learn about various topics from our faculty, as well as take a tour of GGC’s Diagnostic Laboratories.

At the Genetic Education Center, students can engage in fun, entertaining and educational scenarios where they have the opportunity to learn about genetic traits and disorders, understand the lab techniques used in making a diagnosis as well as consider the ethical implications of testing and explore careers in the life sciences. Teachers can select from multiple lab activities including basic lab skills and genetic modules. Each of the modules addresses STEM initiatives and South Carolina Science Standards. There is no charge to visit.

To learn more, contact our Division of Education at (864) 943-4170 or (864) 388-1711 or lmt@ggc.org.

View our calendar

Modules and Forms

Schedule a Visit

This year we have a new option to request a visit to the Genetic Education Center electronically. Paper forms are also available if you prefer. Please do not submit both.

Internships

High School Shadowing

High school students are encouraged to apply for GGC’s one-day shadowing program on the Greenwood campus. Participation in the program will expose the student to the many opportunities and benefits of working the field of genetics. High school students will not be allowed to attend clinics or observe clinical encounters.

All shadow students should dress professionally. No shorts, jeans, t-shirts, short skirts, or open-toe shoes are permitted.

Contact Leta M. Tribble, PhD at (864) 943-4170 or lmt@ggc.org to schedule a shadowing opportunity.

Summer Internships

Summer internships at Greenwood Genetic Center are available for qualifying college students. Six stipend positions are available and the internships last 8-10 weeks. All applications will be considered; however, a preference is given to juniors and seniors. GGC faculty members will directly contact potential candidates to arrange interviews.

All positions for the summer of 2021 have been filled.

Application process is by electronic submission.

  • Complete the application form.
  • Attach a cover letter of introductory information and your area(s) of interest.
  • Attach a brief resume that includes work experiences and completed coursework.

Submit application materials to Leta M. Tribble, PhD at lmt@ggc.org no later than December 31 to be considered for summer positions.

Summer Camp

SAVE THE DATES!

GGC’s Junior Genetics Scholars Camp for rising 9th-12th grade students will be held July 12-15, 2021 on the Greenwood campus of the Greenwood Genetic Center. COVID protocols will be followed.

*Note – Our 2021 summer camp is currently full. To be added to the waiting list, please email Dr. Leta Tribble at lmt@ggc.org. Thank you for your interest.

The Greenwood Genetic Center’s Junior Genetics Scholars Camp provides a unique opportunity for high school students to gain first-hand exposure to the field of genetics straight from the experts. The week includes learning about the latest technologies, engaging in hands-on lab activities, touring GGC labs (if possible), and exploring careers in the field of genetics.

Medical Genetics Training Program

Building on the expertise of established professionals in the field of medical genetics is as important as training the budding geneticists who will make tomorrow’s breakthroughs. That’s why Greenwood Genetic Center offers programs that increase the value of genetic medicine now and in the future.

Training Programs

GGC operates the only Medical Genetics training program in the state of South Carolina. Designed specifically for professionals with an MD or PhD degree, the Postdoctoral Training Program offers extended education for research, clinical and academic careers in medical genetics. The programs are accredited by the ACGME and ABMGG and take two to three years to complete. A high level of research competence is expected to excel in the GGC training programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Leta Tribble.

Clinical Genetics Residency

The clinical genetics residency at the Greenwood Genetic Center is designed to provide intensive postgraduate clinical experience with heritable or potentially heritable conditions. Residents are required to have completed a primary care residency program (family practice, internal medicine, OB/GYN or pediatrics) in the United States.

Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship

Candidates with an M.D. or a Ph.D. degree in one of the basic sciences may enter this program. The Laboratory Genetics and Genomics (LGG) fellowship is a three year program that allows the trainee to gain competence in performing and interpreting cytogenetic analysis relevant to the diagnosis and management of chromosome disorders, as well as in all molecular analyses relevant to the diagnosis of genetic disorders at the gene level.

Training Program FAQs

Find out answers to all of the most frequently asked questions about the Medical Genetics Training Program.

Genetics Education

The future of medical genetics relies on enthusiastic and well-educated scientists. Greenwood Genetic Center’s Division of Education takes seriously the obligation of supporting that future by offering training and educational opportunities to middle school, high school and college students as well as healthcare professionals.

The Division of Education provides outreach educational programs including a Speaker’s Bureau and mobile science labs, as well as resources, courses, and workshops for teachers, and training for postgraduate students and healthcare providers.

The Helix Express is a newer addition to the outreach program. Purchased through funds from the SC Education Oversight Committee, the Helix Express is a cargo van that allows instructors to transport lab equipment into the classroom to accommodate more schools and classes that exceed the capacity of the Gene Machine.

Contact Dr. Leta Tribble at (864) 943-4170 or send email for more information on how GGC can serve you or your students.

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