Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a competency-based Career & Technical Education program offered at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. Students who complete Microbiology are considered CTE Participants by the NH Department of Education; those who go on to take Biotechnology/Genetics are considered Concentrators. Students are eligible to earn Industry-Validated Certificates or Credentials by passing Third-Party exams administered to all Concentrators.
picture of Mrs. Rotelli at microscope
Instructor, Maryanne Rotelli:
 

I received my B.S. and M.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Biology/Biotechnology. Life takes many twists and turns, and after being home with my children I decided to enter the field of education earning an M.Ed. from Rivier University in Secondary Education with a focus in Biology Education. I've taught a variety of courses in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, and Physical Science. When the opportunity to join Milford's ATC program to teach in the Biotechnology came along, I found my way back to my true passion. I love working with my students in the lab growing microbial cultures, staining cells and identifying species under the microscope. We are fortunate enough to have PCR and electrophoresis equipment that allows us to manipulate DNA and explore how genes work. This year we will be teaming up with the Jackson Labs to collect DNA for sequencing which will allow us to analyze the results through bioinformatics. And there is always the opportunity for us to sit down for lively discussions regarding how fast paced technology impacts society and individuals. 

Courses:
  • Microbiology: Principles and Practice: Microbiology is an advanced laboratory and activity based program meant to introduce students to principles and practices of medical microbiology. Microbiology is an essential course for any student interested in a career in the life sciences, such as Nursing, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Medicine, or Veterinary Science. Related topics include the identification of microorganisms along with nature and behavior of microorganisms using a variety of methods and techniques. The determination of how diseases are spread, their clinical features, laboratory diagnosis and appropriate control measures will also be studied.
    Contracts for Honors level credit are available and will require students to pursue an independent research project to be presented at a state or regional science exposition. 
    Running Start college credit is available through Manchester Community College
    Prerequisite: Complete of Biology A or Honors with a grade of C or better.
 
  • Biotechnology/Genetics: This class is intended to expose students to various biotechnology fields such as microbial, agricultural, animal, forensic, bioremediation, aquatic, and medical. This class engages the student in several areas such as molecular biology, cell biology, immunology and bioethics. Techniques discussed and used in the laboratory will include genetic engineering for the expression of a specific protein and immunoassay development in order to develop monoclonal antibodies. Through recreations/replications of actual industry investigations and intense laboratory efforts, students will perform individual research projects. Students will maintain lab equipment and will gain experience writing technical labs, protocols, and a formal research paper. Guest speakers will highlight the course work as well as industry related field trips. Mini-internships are available for the very motivated students. Students interested in pursuing careers in forensic science, nursing, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, medicine or veterinary science will find Biotechnology a strong component of these career fields.
    Running Start college credit is available through Great Bay Community College
    Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Biology A or Honors

 
  • Biotechnology II: This class is intended to extend and strengthen students' knowledge and skills in the biotechnology field. Students will be responsible for preparing their own reagents, maintaining equipment, and managing aspects of the laboratory area. Students will engage in advanced labs using chromatography, plant tissue culture, PCR, electrophoresis, CRISPER, and cloning techniques with the goal that students will design and carry out an independent research project in one aspect of biotechnology such as microbial, agricultural, animal, forensic, bioremedication, aquatic or medical. Students will engage in seminar like discussion of journal articles, bioethical issues, and best business practices. Guest speakers will highlight the course work as well as industry related field trips. Students will prepare to take the Biotechnology Assistant Certification Exam (BACE) by working in study groups. Students interested in pursuing careers in forensic science, nursing, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, medicine, or veterinary science will find Biotechnology a strong component of these career fields. 
    Successful completion of the 2 course sequence results in college credits at Keene State College (credits may only be used at KSC.)
What students are saying...
 
"Biology is hard, they say. Well, when taking Biotechnology at Milford High School I never expected it to have the exact same material as my college biology seminar. Now, I have an A in the course, and looking back I wasn't even going to take her class. I guess it's true what they say- you miss one-hundred percent of the shots you don't take!" ~Meghan Wood, '19
 
“I am so grateful for all of the experience and knowledge I have gained through the ATC classes at Milford High School, including Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, Microbiology and Biotechnology. I know I will be so much more successful in both college and in my career by having taken advantage of not only the classes themselves but also the insight of the teachers who are truly experts in the fields they teach. I highly recommend for everyone to become a part of this program in order to gain valuable knowledge through hands-on experiences that are applicable to a variety of occupations.” ~Autumn Arel, '20