DBI will not be able to hold tours from January 1st through May 31st 2020 due to our move to the Ammon and Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center. We look forward to seeing you at our new space!

Overview of tour experience for K-12 Teachers and Administrators*


At the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, communicating science to the public is a very important part of our mission. Because we are committed to teaching the community about the innovations and discoveries of Delaware scientists and promoting a better understanding of science and technology to the next generation, we’ve implemented an initiative called Science for all Delawareans (S4DE).

Part of the S4DE initiative focuses on the tours we offer to students interested in pursuing the sciences. Approximately 500 students visit the building each year and experience life science research first hand. Our typical tour includes:

  • An Introduction to DBI and tour of facilities –  90 minutes
    The tour begins with a welcome and overview of our Institute. We then go on a walking tour of the building, including more specific discussion about ongoing research, and the various University of Delaware departments represented within the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. Along the way, students will also see: 

    • BioImaging: A special extended stop at our world-class BioImaging laboratory allows participants to see several state-of-the-art microscopes and view samples of captured images
    • DNA Sequencing: An extended stop in our DNA Sequencing lab, where students learn about genetic analysis
    • The CAVE: A fun, 3-D experience in our virtual reality imaging room, aka, the CAVE, made possible by high-speed computing and projection technology
    • Lab activity: Either a demonstration or a hands-on experiment relating to the research happening at DBI
  • Information panel (optional) – 30-45 min
    A panel made up of a combination of graduate students, PhD candidates and postdocs chat and answer questions in a relaxed environment with students. Topics range from their experiences majoring in a field of science, to explaining what it’s like to work as a scientist.

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, our limit is 45 students maximum per tour. Because the centers are not able to take work during tour time, we can only host one tour per week. Additional students will not be accommodated without prior written agreement. We may modify, cancel, or reschedule the tour itinerary if your group is more than 15 minutes late.

To schedule a tour, please contact us by email.

*Not all groups will experience the same tour, or even all the same elements of the menu of options outlined. Tour structure will be modified to accommodate any agreed-upon time slot available to the touring group and their interests.