Matt Rogers and I ran our annual research workshop for first-year A-level students on 28-29th June. This time students from St Thomas the Apostle School and 6th Form College joined fellow students from Dulwich College.
All told, we had 15 enthusiastic students in the lab for two days of experiments and talks. On day-one, they set up restriction digests, ran PCRs and looked at the results on agarose gels. Day-two started with a trip to the microscopy facility to check out our green fluorescent trypanosomes. The day ended with a session learning how to dissect sandflies, an essential skill if you want to track a parasite’s progress through its insect vector!
Thanks to the students for their enthusiasm and to all our LSHTM colleagues who helped make it a successful two days!