Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB)

Genomics in Real Time (GREAT) Lab

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GREAT Lab Overview

The Genomics in Real Time (GREAT) Lab at Wright State University was created to help elevate interest in biochemistry and molecular biology among high school students. GREAT Lab presentations and hands-on activities explain genomics methods and applications, DNA extraction and isolation, and nanopore sequencing. The many hands-on activities include DNA isolation, flow cell initialization and observation, and barcoded library prep. Wright State’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Science and Mathematics hosts the GREAT Lab.

Dates and Times

Due to lab availability, all presentations will only be offered on Fridays during the Fall Semester from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wright State will also provide lunch for your group from noon to 1 p.m. Group sizes must be 15-30 students. If a group is particularly small, groups will be combined. Schools may only bring one group per year. Additional groups will be placed on our waitlist and offered a date, if any are available, at the start of the fall program. To ensure a complete experience, all presentations must begin on time.

Cost to Attend

Nothing! GREAT Lab is free to attend. This includes all laboratory supplies and fees as well as lunch for your students.

Location and Directions

Presentations and lab work take place in the Matthew O. Diggs III Laboratory. The Center for Genomics Research is located at 035 Diggs Laboratory. We will meet in the Diggs Laboratory atrium at 10:30 a.m.


If traveling by bus: Buses should enter Wright State from Colonel Glenn Highway, at the Center Road Entrance and drop students off at Diggs Laboratory. The presenter will meet your group at the front entrance of Diggs Laboratory. Once the students have been dropped off, all buses should park in Lot 4. Lot 4 can be accessed by taking University Boulevard.

If carpooling: Visitors will be able to obtain at no charge, a visitor permit from the attendant in the Lot 2 booth and then proceed to park in a visitor space in Lot 15 or another lot indicated by an attendant. The visitor permit is also valid for faculty/staff and student commuter spaces. The attendant will direct the visitor to the best lot based on the location of their visit and availability. The presenter will meet your group at the front entrance of Diggs Laboratory. Anyone who parks in a lot without using a visitor permit will be ticketed.

What Students Should Expect

Students will learn to relate to biochemistry and molecular biology by examining the bacteria, fungi, archaea, and virus species present in samples of local wastewater plant influents. They may work in teams during DNA isolation activities and will be able to take their DNA home with them if they wish. Some library preparation may be required. Students will also be advised of the academic programs Wright State offers in its Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Students must dress appropriately. Eating, chewing gum, drinking, and smoking are strictly prohibited in laboratories. Open-toed shoes are not permitted in the laboratories.

GREAT Lab Itinerary

Time Activity
10:30 a.m. Groups arrive at Wright State University
10:35 am. Meet presenter outside of Diggs Laboratory
11:40 a.m. Presentations and hands-on activities
11:55 a.m. Evaluations
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Program conclusion

Schedule a Visit

Fill out the form linked below. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please, no phone calls. Email with any questions.