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Scientific Studies at Centre of the Cell

Infusing Students with a love for Science!

From Monday 7th to Friday 11th February, students in Years 9, 10 and 11 visited a Centre of the Cell exhibition at Queen Mary University as part of their Enrichment Week.

Upon arrival, students entered a huge cell-shaped pod where they gained insight into the types of research scientists are currently involved in at the university, capitalising on the opportunity to observe them at work before engaging in their own scientific studies! Students particularly enjoyed investigating preserved human specimens from the Pathology Museum such as the brain, kidneys, liver and skin, using microscopes.

They then participated in interactive games which were enhanced by slides projected onto the ceiling of the pod to introduce the concepts of cell biology and medical research before partaking in practical workshops about DNA and how chromosomes determine what gender an unborn child will be. Students gained further insight into the industry during a talk spearheaded by a university lecturer about why they have chosen a career in medical research, hoping to infuse students with a love for science and inspire some to pursue it.