NIH Biomedical Science Enrichment Program (BISEP)

The BISEP program prepares students for upper division science coursework and undergraduate research. The program consists of a Biotechnology Laboratory, Advanced Writing Seminars, Journal Clubs, Laboratory visits, Seminars, and Workshops. Upon completion of the NIH/CARE Biomedical Summer Enrichment Program, participants will be prepared to commence undergraduate research. Program activities are specifically designed to support and to encourage students who intend to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences.

Special thanks to the NIH Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Lewis Stokes California Alliance for Minority Participation, the UCLA Division of Undergraduate Education and the Qiagen Corporation for their generous support of this program.

BISEP 2012 Participants and Staff




Top Row from the left: Dr. Sonia Zarate, Phuong Huynh, Dr. Richard Weiss, Luis Ramirez, Dalia Sherif-Perez, Makayla Bailey, Richard Lu, Potragent Phuong, Oscar Del Rio, Beatriz Avila, Melanie Khosravi.

Middle Row from the left: Osvaldo Acosta, Jessica Tsui, Michaela Scott, Rana Besada, Ely Contretras, Allison Guia, Taylor Brown, Bianca Lennarz, Andrew Reynoso, Cheng Feng Yu, Dr. Justin De La Cruz

Bottom Row from the left: Christian Guzman, Wendy Silva, Nancy Lopez, Linda Ma


Take a look at former 2012 BISEP participants and what they had to say about the program:


"I have learned basic and important techniques as well as having some lab experience.
When I came into BISEP, I didn't know how to use a pipette. I feel like I've learned plenty, and I am ready to start working in a lab soon. I've learned how to read scientific papers, present science, make gels run, etc."- Oscar Del Rio

"I feel I learned a lot of techniques and most importantly I understand the background behind them. I looked at some of the labs that I am considering and they use similar techniques."- Ely Contreras

"I feel the lab helpers really prepared me by asking me questions to see if I truly understood why we were doing the experiment."- Nancy Lopez

"I have just been accepted into a lab, with the help of BISEP's techniques on how to approach applying for a lab. And all of the PI's were very intrigued about BISEP on my resume, and they all asked me to further explain what BISEP was, and they were very impressed by all it taught me (the techniques, reading and writing science, etc)"- Taylor Brown

"Aside from lab-specific safety procedures, I think the techniques I learned and the experience I've gained have prepared me well enough to be fairly comfortable in a lab."- Rana Besada




Students participating in a journal club session with Dr. Tama Hasson




BISEP Participants, Oscar Del Rio and Rena Besada giving their final presentation




BISEP Participants, Richard Lu and Ely Contreras giving their final presentation





2012 BISEP Staff from left to right: Dr. Sonia Zarate, Melanie Khosravi, Jessica Tsai, Dr. Richard Weiss, Dr. Justin De La Cruz, Michaela Scott