Woodhouse College
Alica Derome Rebecca Saul

Biology students get hands on lab experience at MRC centre

Dated: 6 July 2017

 
Our students in the lab. Could this be the dream team that cures... everything? 
 
On Wednesday 28th June, eight of our Woodhouse biology students visited Addenbrooke’s Hospital MRC centre (affiliated with the University of Cambridge) to get some hands on lab experience.
 
The day started with a short talk on some of the processes they would be doing in the lab. Our students learned about a new process that is currently being used to huge success in the field of medical research, CRISPR-Cas9.
 
Student Sophie Marlow said “Visiting a working lab was an exciting opportunity and gave me a great understanding of the techniques biochemists use, including CRISPR/Cas9 which I had heard about in the media, but being so cutting edge I was surprised that the technique was so commonplace in the lab.” 
 
After the talk the students donned their lab coats where they were able to carry out a PCR and study the results using gel electrophoresis.
 
Sier Azizi said "It was my first experience in a lab based environment and greatly broadened my perspective of the opportunities available in a career of science"
 
While waiting for various stages to be completed they were taken on a tour of the department and got to see some of the fantastic work that is being carried out, as well as looking at cutting edge technology that is being used to save lives.
 
Emma Guimaraes also took a lot from the trip... “The experience we got in the lab was invaluable and the techniques we used were not only relevant to our curriculum but really enjoyable. The trip provided an incredible motivation to succeed and aim high. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity.”
  
Bardya Manavi agreed... “It was an amazing trip, really interesting to see a research scientists day to day life. In addition participating in a PCR and gel electrophoresis was fascinating and I received advices to help me for my university application. Thanks”
 
We would like to extend a big thank-you to Addenbrooke’s for having us, and in particular Dr Powell who led the students for the whole day, teaching them all about what it is they do in the lab.
 


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