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Alicia Hazard

Alicia Hazard graduated from UNH with the BS in Biology and a minor in Microbiology. Soon after graduation she got a job working as a microbiologist for Wyeth (now Pfizer) Pharmaceuticals. She worked at Wyeth for seven years and learned many valuable lab skills and techniques. After several years working, she realized that she had two loves….The first one is science and the second one is teaching others about science. Alicia decided to go back to school and get her Master’s Degree in Education. She finished her degree, left the lab and came to teach at Salem High School. Alicia designed the Microbiology course based on her college and work experience from the Biotechnology company. Come play in the lab with Alicia!

Tom Polte

Tom Polte began teaching at SHS in 2006 after enjoying a first career as a cell biologist. Tom received his AB in Molecular Biology from Princeton in 1986, and his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Vanderbilt in 1995. He conducted research at Children’s Hospital, Boston for 8 years - focusing on how shape is related to cell division and cancer. Originally hired as a biology teacher, Tom now teaches a range of courses from Integrated Science to Advanced Topics in Biotechnology. Of course, Tom has a special interest in the Biotechnology Program, where he can infuse the class with his real life experiences from working in a professional research setting. Outside of SHS, Tom enjoys backpacking, where he is well on his way to completing the Appalachian Trail. As a former football player at Princeton, Tom is also an avid sports fan who will travel far and wide to watch his favorite teams and players.

Biotechnology Course Descriptions


Course# 213, Grades 10-12, 1 Credit, Semester

Biomedical Science 1 is a course for students who are interested in learning hands-on laboratory skills related to life sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, and the health sciences. Students studying biomedical science go on to careers in fields such as healthcare, research, medicine, pharmaceuticals, genetics, forensic science, and the biotechnology industry. Experience working in a state-of-the-art biotechnology lab while gaining an appreciation of how biotechnology affects our everyday lives. You will study techniques in DNA manipulation, cell culture, protein, purification, drug discovery, microbiology, bioinformatics, and much more. This course provides skills that are applicable to the medical, biotechnology, and life science industry. If you enjoy the sciences in a hands-on laboratory environment, then this course is for you! Students who complete Microbiology and Biomedical Science 1 satisfy their life science/biology requirement. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Earth & Space Science.


Course# 207 , Grades 11-12, 1 Credit (RS), Semester

This is the third course in the biomedical science program with a focus on advanced topics and skills related to biomedical science, biochemistry and biotechnology. You will further your skills in areas including recombinant DNA technology, protein production, purification, DNA ‘barcoding’, and plant and animal cell culture techniques. As experienced scientists, you are given the opportunity to gain experience working independently on a number of long term research projects. Microbiology is not a prerequisite for this course; however, all three courses must be successfully completed to become a biotechnology program completer.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Biomedical Science 1.


Course# 205, Grades 10-12, 1 Credit, Semester

The primary focus of this course is on microbiology concepts and techniques. You will learn about aseptic technique, growing cultures, preparing media, microbial genetics, microbial diagnosis, microbial identification, human interaction with microorganisms, the importance of microorganisms in the environment, and virology. This course has a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory experiences and you will become proficient in many aspects of microbiology. This is a required course in the CTE Biomedical Science program. Students who complete Microbiology and Biomedical Science satisfy their life science/biology requirement. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Earth and Space Science.

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