DNA workshops

DNA workshops

DNA workshops

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. 

DNA workshops at UCC

Test tubes containing DNA extracted from peas and human cheek cells respectively.

 

2016

Presentation Brothers College Cork

Biochemistry undergraduate student, Laura Fine, discusses the DNA Extraction experiment with secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork.

Biochemistry undergraduate student, Laura Fine, discusses the DNA Extraction experiment with secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork.

 

When the electrophoresis is complete, the molecules in the gel are stained and then visualized in a Gel Doc system. Gel electrophoresis is a method for separation and analysis of macromolecules (DNA, RNA and proteins) and their fragments, based on their size and charge. Different sized molecules form distinct bands on the gel.

When the electrophoresis is complete, the molecules in the gel are stained and then visualized in a Gel Doc system. Gel electrophoresis is a method for separation and analysis of macromolecules (DNA, RNA and proteins) and their fragments, based on their size and charge. Different sized molecules form distinct bands on the gel.

 

Biochemistry undergraduate, Carolyn Murray, teach this group of secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork to swab to collect their cheek cells which they then use in the DNA extraction experiment they run during the DNA workshop.

Biochemistry undergraduate, Carolyn Murray, teach this group of secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork to swab to collect their cheek cells which they then use in the DNA extraction experiment they run during the DNA workshop.

 

Biochemistry undergraduate, Aisling Flood, teach this group of secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork to swab to collect their cheek cells which they then use in the DNA extraction experiment they run during the DNA workshop

Biochemistry undergraduate, Aisling Flood, teach this group of secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork to swab to collect their cheek cells which they then use in the DNA extraction experiment they run during the DNA workshop.

 

A secondary school student from Presentation Brothers College, Cork holds a test tubes containing extracted DNA from green peas. The DNA strands are the ‘whitish’ area floating in a suspension above the greener liquid beneath

A secondary school student from Presentation Brothers College, Cork holds up his test tubes containing extracted DNA from green peas. The DNA strands are the ‘whitish’ area floating in a suspension above the greener liquid beneath.

 

Biochemistry undergraduates, Dan Hobbs (centre) and Cian O’Donnell (right), teach this secondary school student (left) from Presentation Brothers College Cork to run the DNA extraction experiment.

Biochemistry undergraduates, Dan Hobbs (centre) and Cian O’Donnell (right), teach this secondary school student (left) from Presentation Brothers College Cork to run the DNA extraction experiment.

 

Biochemistry undergraduates, Dan Hobbs (left) and Cian O’Donnell (right), both past pupils of Presentation Brothers College Cork, pose with their former secondary school biology teacher, Ms Claire Lynch.

Biochemistry undergraduates, Dan Hobbs (left) and Cian O’Donnell (right), both past pupils of Presentation Brothers College Cork, pose with their former secondary school biology teacher, Ms Claire Lynch.

 

Biochemistry undergraduates, Cian O’Donnell (centre left) and Dan Hobbs (centre right), teach this group of secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork to swab to collect their cheek cells which they then use in the DNA extraction experiment they run during the DNA workshop.

Biochemistry undergraduates, Cian O’Donnell (centre left) and Dan Hobbs (centre right), have fun teaching this group of secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork to swab to collect their cheek cells which they then use in the DNA extraction experiment they run during the DNA workshop.

 

2015

Christ King Secondary School

Marie Forde, demonstrator and Fourth Year Biochemistry student, preparing for the DNA workshop

Marie Forde, demonstrator and Fourth Year Biochemistry student, preparing for the DNA workshop.

 

Marie Forde (MSc Biotechnology) pictured with the group of secondary school students having fun during the workshop

Marie Forde (MSc Biotechnology student on extreme right of picture) pictured with the group of secondary school students having fun during the workshop.

 

John Creedon (MSc Biotechnology) pictured with the group of secondary school students he demonstrated to from Christ King

John Creedon (MSc Biotechnology student) pictured with the group of secondary school students that he demonstrated to from Christ King.

 

Niamh Devanny (4th Year Biochemistry) and students from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School pictured during DNA extraction experiment

Niamh Devanny (4th Year Biochemistry) and students from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School pictured during DNA extraction experiment.

 

Evan Gilman-Burke (MSc Biotechnology student) and students from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School

Evan Gilman-Burke (MSc Biotechnology student) and students from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School.

 

Tom Morehead (4th Year Biochemistry) and students from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School pictured swabbing their cheek cells for DNA extraction experiment

Tom Morehead (demonstrator and 4th Year Biochemistry student) and students from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School pictured swabbing their cheek cells for DNA extraction experiment.

 

Beth Butler (demonstrator and 4th Year Biochemistry student) and students from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School pictured during DNA extraction experiment.

Beth Butler (demonstrator and 4th Year Biochemistry student) and students from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School pictured during DNA extraction experiment.

 

In the lab at the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC

In the lab at the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC.

 

Pictured with Dr Sinéad Kerins, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (front and centre holding the DNA workshop manual) are teachers from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School: Moya O’Hare, Lucy O’Farrell (Past BSc in Biochemistry graduate of this School) and Maria O’Callaghan.

Pictured with Dr Sinéad Kerins, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (front and centre holding the DNA workshop manual) are teachers from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School: Moya O’Hare, Lucy O’Farrell (Past BSc in Biochemistry graduate of this School) and Maria O’Callaghan.

 

Bandon Grammar School

Christina Killian (centre) demonstrating to secondary school students from Bandon Grammar School at the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC

Christina Killian (centre) demonstrating to secondary school students from Bandon Grammar School at the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC.

 

Amy Heffernan demonstrating to students from Bandon Grammar School at the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC

Amy Heffernan demonstrating to students from Bandon Grammar School at the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC.

 

Stephanie Earl, current 4th year Biochemistry student and past pupil of Bandon Grammar School demonstrating to her brother, Rhys who is currently attending Bandon Grammar School

Stephanie Earl, 4th year Biochemistry student and past pupil of Bandon Grammar School demonstrating to her brother, Rhys who is attaneding the DNA workshop as a currrent student of Bandon Grammar School.

 

A student from Bandon Grammar School concentrates on loading a gel during the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC

A student from Bandon Grammar School concentrates on loading a gel during the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC.

 

2014

Christian Brothers College Cork

Students from Christian Brothers College Cork pictured during the DNA workshop held the laboratories of the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC

Secondary school students of Christian Brothers Secondary School at the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at UCC.

 

Students from Christian Brothers College Cork pictured during the DNA workshop held the laboratories of the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC

Secondary school students of Christian Brothers Secondary School load a gel at the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at UCC.

 

Students from Christian Brothers College Cork pictured during the DNA workshop held the laboratories of the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC

Secondary school students of Christian Brothers Secondary School prepart to spin their samples in the centrifuge at the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at UCC.

 

Teacher, David O’Connell pictured with students from Christian Brothers College after the DNA workshop held the laboratories of the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC

Teacher, David O’Connell pictured with students from Christian Brothers College after the DNA workshop held the laboratories of the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC.

 

Presentation Brothers College Cork

Swabbing cheek cells for DNA experiment

A secondary school student at Presentation Brothers College Cork swabs his cheek to collect DNA material that he uses at in the DNA extraction experiment at the DNA workshop.

 

Biochemistry postgraduate student, Fionn Lynch, demonstrates how to load an agarose gel to students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork.

Biochemistry postgraduate student, Fionn Lynch, demonstrates how to load an agarose gel to students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork.

 

Biochemistry postgraduate student, Stephen Butler helps students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork to load a gel electrophoresis apparatus.

Biochemistry postgraduate student, Stephen Butler helps students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork to load a gel electrophoresis apparatus.

 

A class of students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork during the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC.

A class of students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork during the DNA workshop held in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC.

 

Secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork load their agarose gels.

Secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork load their agarose gels.

 

Biochemistry postgraduate student, Jamie Byrne gives advice to two secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork on how to load a gel electrophoresis apparatus.

Biochemistry postgraduate student, Jamie Byrne gives advice to two secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork on how to load a gel electrophoresis kit.

 

Secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork load their agarose gels at the DNA workshop.

Secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork load their agarose gels at the DNA workshop.

 

A secondary school student from Presentation Brothers College, Cork holds up his test tubes containing extracted DNA from green peas. The DNA strands are the ‘whitish’ area floating in a suspension above the greener liquid below.

A secondary school student from Presentation Brothers College, Cork holds up his test tubes containing extracted DNA from green peas. The DNA strands are the ‘whitish’ area floating in a suspension above the greener liquid below.

 

Secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork swab to collect their cheek cells which they then use in the DNA extraction experiment they run during the DNA workshop.

Secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork swab to collect their cheek cells which they then use in the DNA extraction experiment they run during the DNA workshop.

 

The two secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork who ran the best DNA Extraction experiment!

The two secondary school students from Presentation Brothers College, Cork who ran the best DNA extraction experiment!

 

Some instructions to students for running part of the DNA extraction experiment.

Instructions to students for running part of the DNA extraction experiment.

 

 

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