Every year we host several Biology A-Level students for work experience. The placement week is designed to give students an insight into the daily life in the lab by carrying out an independent research project under supervision.
We usually hosted up to 8 A-Level students who work in groups of two on several projects that cover some of our research: e.g. eye development, CNS asymmetry and behaviour assays. Last year’s students used traditional Molecular Biology methods (e.g. Fluorescent and colorimetric Wholemount In Situ Hybridisation to detect CNS asymmetry, PCR genotyping of fish embryos etc. They were introduced to confocal microscopy to analyse their fluorescent immunohistochemistry/In Situ Hybridisation experiments and transgenic fish. In addition, they had demonstrations of our cutting-edge behaviour assays.
As in previous years, last year’s students were enthusiastic and a pleasure to interact with and supervise, and they really seemed to enjoy themselves too and worked extremely well together. On the final day, their presentations demonstrated that their ability to grasp even complicated concepts and to place their work in the greater context of our research questions.
ZEBRAFISH Work Experience 2019
21-25 OCT 2019 (half term) 10:00-16:00
*APPLICATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME ARE NOW CLOSED*
PLEASE NOTE: This is the only work experience programme we offer so please do not contact us requesting alternative placements.
“This placement was a brilliant opportunity to get a taste of what life would be like being a scientist. I have gained enormously from this experience not just in term of knowledge but becoming a more independent learner. Although I found the projects to be quite challenging, it was also very rewarding. We were shown some very cool pieces of equipment including the laser camera and it has broadened my view in the field of scientific research. All in all, the experience was very enjoyable”
“My placement at The Wilson Lab was an amazing experience. I really enjoyed pushing my A Level knowledge to go into more depth on topics such as DNA replication and protein synthesis. It was also a hugely valuable experience because I was able to improve my lab technique as my partner and I carried out own protocol over the week and presented our results back to the team. It gave me an insight into scientific research and has inspired me to continue my studies. I would recommend the placement to anyone: you meet inspiring people, learn a lot and have a lot of fun!”
"I'm writing to thank you for the brilliant week of work experience in October, and to let you know that I got an offer to study Medicine at UCL! Having an understanding of research and being able to talk about the Zebrafish labs definitely gave me an edge in my interviews. I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to gain a better insight into the world of science and research; it definitely made an impact on the success of my application. "
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