Cancer Research and Publication - For Middle and High School Students

  • Led by Harrison Li, Cambridge U and UCSF Med School
  • Grades 7-10
  • Status 2 Spots Left

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  • $1500 instead of $1580

    The fee for this unique 2-week camp is $1580.  The price includes all materials, including expensive lab supplies.. Early Bird Discount until March 31st

Genetics camp 4

Cancer Research and Publicaction

1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, will likely be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.  What does it take to outsmart cancer? The first step is to find out what causes cancer.

In this two-week program, you will be conducting real-life laboratory experiments testing a possible connection between different substances and cancer cells.

Students will start by choosing a substance, such as a chemical, food, or drug, that they suspect to be implicated in cancer but that there has been no substantial evidence found yet. Using scientific literature, you will identify specific genes that are involved with your chosen substance.

You will then look at gene expression data in online databases, using statistical testing to correlate between genes you identified to be implicated with your chosen substance and genes that are well known to be associated with cancer.  We will then aggregate the data of all students together to look for different correlations.

To test whether your chosen substance actually correlates with cancer-related genes, you will grow and feed cancer cells, and divide them in flasks. With the help of quantitative PCR, you will then measure how the expression of the genes can change in response to the addition of the substance.

At the end of this two-week program, you will be able to assemble figures and write a research manuscript describing your work and findings.  If you choose, you could also submit your paper for publication.

The fee for this 2-week camp is $1580.  The price includes all materials, including expensive lab supplies.

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Cancer Research and Publication
Harrison Li, Cambridge U and UCSF Med School

Harrison Li, Cambridge U and UCSF Med School

Led byHarrison Li, Cambridge U and UCSF Med School

Harrison was inspired to pursue medicine after his family was struck with a tragic cancer diagnosis. The experience motivated him to dedicate his life to finding more effective treatment and screening options for cancer and other devastating illnesses. He has always loved mentoring youth and wants to inspire others to see how science, from laboratory benchtop studies to translational and healthcare disparities research, is critical to saving lives.

Harrison is a prolific researcher. He has published 30 peer-reviewed papers in diverse areas such as cancer immunology, intratumor microbiome, and COVID-19 outcome disparities. He is interested in the application of artificial intelligence and data mining to uncover diagnostic markers, treatment targets, and systemic disparities in access to care and treatment outcomes. He has presented his work at numerous conferences and received 13 awards and scholarships, including the prestigious Churchill Scholarship.

Harrison has a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California San Diego and a Master of Philosophy in Medical Science from Cambridge University UK in Cancer Research. He is currently a medical school student at the University of California San Francisco.

Fees and Policies

  • Early Bird Rate (until March 31) is $605 per week.
  • Camp Fees after March 31st are $650 per week
  • Material fee: Surgery! and Metalsmith $35


  • Multiple Session Discount – Also applicable to siblings
    • Sign up for 2 sessions: receive a total of $50 off
    • Sign up for 3 sessions: receive a total of $105 off
    • Sign up for 4 sessions or more: $180 off or more ($45 per additional sessions)

    Discount is calculated automatically by the system.

  • Refer a family who has never attended a Celsius camp before and receive either a credit of $75 off a future camp or a refund of $30 per referral that signs up and pays for a 2024 Summer Camp. Email us with your referrals once they are committed to sign up. No cross family referrals will be accepted.

Extended Care

  • Early morning extended care from 8am to 9am
  • Afternoon extended care from 4pm up to 5:30pm.
  • Advanced payments (prior to start of camp) for early care: $85 per week. Aftercare: $125 per week.
  • Ad Hoc during the week of camp are billed at $25 per hour.
  • Pick up after 5:30pm will be charged at a rate of $2.00 per minute (no grace)
  • Extended Care is billed in one-hour increments after a 10-minute grace period.

Cancellation Policy

-Any changes (other than cancellation) to previously confirmed sessions shall be assessed a $45 fee. Transferring sessions is subject to availability.

– $250 deposit is non-refundable if you need/choose to cancel greater than four weeks prior to the start of a camp, for whatever reason you may have. The balance paid will be refunded to you.

– No refunds will be issued for cancellations made by you for any reason less than four weeks prior to the start of a camp session, however partial credits on your Celsius account are available as follows:

– More than 3 weeks’ notice prior to the start date of the session, a credit for 80% of the total price paid less the $250 non-refundable fee.

– Between 8 days and 21 days notice prior to the start of the session = 50% credit of the total price paid less the $250 non-refundable fee.

– Less than 8 days notice 20% credit less the $250 non-refundable fee for any cancellations.

Please Note: We are sorry, but there are no refunds or reductions in fees for days missed due to illness, absence, last-minute vacations/trips, change in family circumstances during camp sessions, suspension or dismissal

Minimize fees: You may change sessions to a different week for a change session fee of $45, plus any changes in the new camp price, subject to availability.

-Can’t make it all? Turn a lemon into lemonade by donating your unused session to enable a child from the Rafael House family homeless shelter to attend a camp.

We accept cash, check, e-check, and Zelle payments. For Zelle payments, please use our email address (Hello at CelsiusandBeyond dot com).
Reservations are not confirmed without payment received. Online registration and payment ensure immediate confirmation. Payments by check should be sent in within 3 days of making an online reservation or the spot will be released.


8-9 am Early Care
8:45-9:10 Drop off
9:10-11:30 Activities
11:30-12 pm Lunch
12-1 pm Recess at blacktop or Rossi Park
1-3:45 Activities
3:45-4:15 pm Pick up
4-5:30 pm Aftercare