DCI Real World Learning: Biotechnology


Biology, genes, and DNA are some concepts we’re all familiar with. But if you’ve ever wondered about their application outside of the classroom and are interested in exploring a career in this field, this course will help you see the value of science beyond school.

Since its discovery in the last century, DNA has been widely studied and experimented with resulting in astonishing potential in healthcare and various other industries. In this course, you’ll dive into the microscopic world of DNA and explore its various practical and real-life applications, as well as understand how the role of ethics plays a large part in the field of biotechnology.


*Minimum of 10 students needed to open this class

Available Options

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM HKT (GMT+8)July 5 - 9, 2021 (M - F)HK$2,700 HK$3,000
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM HKT (GMT+8)July 12 - 16, 2021 (M - F)HK$2,700 HK$3,000
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM HKT (GMT+8)July 19 - 23, 2021 (M - F)HK$2,700 HK$3,000

Coach Profile

Coach Name: Syed Shakeel Ahmed

Current Title: Co-founder & CTO at Nanopath Technologies Limited (Spidfier)

Industry: Biotechnology

Coach Bio:

Shakeel is a Hong Kong local with a passion for education and discovering new viruses. Having obtained his PhD from The University of Hong Kong in Medical Microbiology and Virology in 2017, Shakeel has since co-founded Nanopath Technologies Limited (Spidfier), which aims to combat fish fraud and promote seafood sustainability through rapid DNA analysis.

Course Breakdown

Program Objective:

– Learn about biological and microbiological technologies and the impact it has made
– Undergo practical work with digitized DNA sequences
– Understand how DNA is used to analyze viruses, fight fish fraud, and more
– Earn a summer internship (For exceptional students only)

You should join this course if you…

– Are interested in biology, genes, and DNA
– Want to learn about how biotechnology can be applied outside of the science lab
– Understand the nature of a biotech startup and how their work can impact your daily life

Skills Level: All Levels

Session 1: Brief history of modern-Session technology and its impact on humans, with a focus on biological and microbiological technologies.
Session 2: Overview of genes, genetics, and DNA, and how scientists analyze them (practical work with digitized DNA sequences)
Session 3: How DNA is used for understanding viruses
Session 4: How a biotech startup relies on genetic information to help combat fish fraud and emerging DNA applications
Session 5: Other types of biotech initiatives and pharmaceuticals, notes for the future of human biotechnology


July 5 – 9, 2021 (M – F), July 12 – 16, 2021 (M – F), July 19 – 23, 2021 (M – F)