Amanda McBrien is Assistant Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center (DNALC) — the world’s first science center devoted entirely to public genetics education. Over the last 20 years, McBrien has leveraged her combined background in biology and secondary education as an instructor, program manager, and administrator. She currently oversees the day-to-day operations of programs related to field trips, in-school instruction and summer camps at the DNALC’s five centers in the New York metro area. McBrien helped build the DNALC’s middle school partner program, Genetics as Model for Whole Learning, which now collaborates with more than 60 school districts on Long Island. She has also been instrumental in the DNALC’s expansion in New York, including the Harlem DNA Lab, Regeneron DNALC and the DNALC NYC at City Tech, which will open in Spring 2021.