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'Genetic Engineering'

How can scientists move or “edit” DNA to select for desired traits in agriculture? Learn how to teach basic genetic engineering and genome editing concepts from FDA’s new Food Agriculture and Biotechnology supplementary curriculum, which is the latest addition to FDA’s Science and Our Food Supply series for middle and high school. Presenters will introduce high school-level genetic engineering and genome editing concepts, conduct hands-on activities on plasmid development and CRISPR-Cas genome editing systems, discuss applications of these methods in food agriculture, and distribute free lesson plans and materials.

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Janie Dubois, Ph.D.
Email: janie.dubois@gmail.com
Speaker Order: 1
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Primary Presenter
Biosketch: Dr. Janie Dubois is the Director of the International Food Safety Training Laboratory affiliated with University Laval in Quebec City, Canada. She also runs her independent consulting firm specialized in education for foreign governments and industry on laboratory testing to verify compliance of food commodities with domestic and international regulations. She has taught students from 57 countries and on the ground in 25 countries. Dr. Dubois is involved in international efforts to harmonize the food safety regulatory environment to support the production and trade of safe food globally. As such, she is a member of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Food Safety Cooperation Forum where she represents the US in discussions on the harmonization of food safety standards to facilitate trade in the region. She is also an International Advisor to the Africa Center of Excellence for Food Safety and Mycotoxins. She started her career at the National Research Council Canada, where she was a Research Officer working on diagnostic imaging techniques for infectious diseases, with a focus on foodborne prion diseases such as mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. She then held a position of Research Associate posted at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition before moving to the private sector in 2004. Dr. Dubois was an Associate Clinical Professor of Food Safety at the University of Maryland for 8 years until last December when the International Food Safety Training Laboratory moved to Canada. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from Université Laval in Quebec City (Qc, Canada) and Masters and PhD in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry from McGill University (Montreal, Qc, Canada).
Organization/Affiliation: FDA CFSAN
Elena Stowell
Email: tba@yahoo.com
Speaker Order: 3
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Presenter 2
Biosketch: Elena Stowell is a NBCT AP Biology Instructor at Kentwood High School in Covington, WA. Elena has taught science to high school and college students for 28 years; her classes include Biology, AP Biology and UW Biology 100: The Brain and Addiction. Elena is trained as a teacher mentor in instructional practices. She is also advisor of the Interact Club that provides local and international community service projects. In 2001, Elena received the Washington State Outstanding Biology Teacher Award and in 2003, she became National Board Certified in Adult, Young Adult Science/Biology. She is also a Science Education Partner with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She was a participant in the FDA Professional Development Program in Food Science in 2002 and has been a member of the Facilitation Team for 14 years. Elena received her B.S. in Biology and her Master of Science from Washington State University (WSU). She attended WSU on a volleyball athletic scholarship. Her master’s thesis work involved the classification and enzymatic characterization of an anaerobic, cellulolytic ruminal fungus that she discovered, Neocallimastix frontalis EB188. When she is not teaching, Elena enjoys coaching, painting, reading and training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She is ranked a brown belt and travels annually to Brazil to train and do nonprofit work in the favelas on behalf of the Carly Stowell Foundation & Jammin’ BJJ. Elena is the author of Flowing with the Go: A Jiu-Jitsu Journey of the Soul, released July 2012. Her debut children’s book, that she also illustrated, Frango & Chicken, was released May 15th, 2018.
Organization/Affiliation: Kentwood High School Faculty