The School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology have expanded their outreach activities to include DNA workshops for secondary school students. During the DNA workshop students receive hands-on laboratory experience and get the opportunity to isolate DNA from various cell types as well as using Molecular Biology techniques to genotype a family for a genetic disease. This laboratory experience is supplemented with a lecture given by Dr Sinéad Kerins, which covers the theory of the experiments performed during the workshop. This one day intensive DNA workshop provides an excellent introduction for the students to Molecular Biology and is designed to complement the Leaving Certificate Biology curriculum and envisaged to develop the interest of students in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics.
The students also get the opportunity to meet and work with Biochemistry graduates and discuss with them what is involved in completing a Biochemistry degree and what it is like to be a student at UCC.