• John M. Olson

    Teaching director of CSHA-DNALC;Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Virginia Common wealth University;Postdoctoral training at The Ohio State University and University of California, Los Angeles

    John M. Olson was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York.He earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from the State University of New York’s College at Buffalo with a specialization in Recombinant DNA Technology.  He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Virginia Commonwealth University.  His graduate work focused on the expression and localization of cell surface receptors involved in brain and immune functions.  After postdoctoral training at The Ohio State University and University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Olson joined the Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology department at UCLA where he directed an undergraduate research-training program in Genetics that was sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Professors program.  This program introduced students to research at an early stage of their academic careers and resulted in numerous publications with undergraduate student authors.  Dr. Olson then joined the faculty at Peking University in Beijing, China where he introduced an inquiry-based learning system and worked with others to redesign the undergraduate experimental biology courses.  Dr. Olson has a long-standing passion for innovative educational techniques and feels that the best way for students to learn about science is through a hands-on approach.  Dr. Olson is looking forward to joining the team at Cold Spring Harbor Asia’s DNA Learning Center and contributing to their continuing efforts to engage students through science education.   


    Ph.D. in ecologyUniversity of Chinese Academy of Sciences

    I graduated from Shenyang institute of applied ecology of Chinese academy of sciences, and I went to Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology for a one-year research in 2012. After graduated, I have been a college teacher for three years. During that period, I have published a number of papers in journals and trained many graduate students. These experience made me realize that I had an enthusiasm for teaching and communicating with students. Therefore, I joined Cold Spring Harbor Asia DNA learning center and hope to do more to help the students enjoyed the fun of the science.


    M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, University of Liverpool

    I was born in Jiangsu Province and obtained a M.Sc. in Molecular Biology from the University of Liverpool. In 2016, I went to the Institute for Molecular Science of NINS (National Institutes of Natural Sciences) in Okazaki, Japan for collaborating experiments. I worked with worldwide scientists there and published two papers on TRPA channels. After that, I joined Dr. Boris Tefsen’s research team for the project of new detecting method for Tuberculosis. I live with a cat and some fire ants. I have always been attracted to amazing organisms since childhood. I love the diversity of life, and fascinated by the unlimited possibilities of evolution. Rather than doing a specific research project, I actually enjoy science communication more. I’d love to share my passion for life science. That’s why I joined Cold Spring Harbor-Asia DNA learning center. Hope you all have fun in lab!