Wilson lab and in2scienceUK

Wilson lab and in2scienceUK

Since the in2scienceUK project was established in 2010 we’ve hosted students in the lab on a yearly basis.

Wellcome Collection Packed Lunch: Insomnia

Wellcome Collection Packed Lunch: Insomnia

Güliz was invited to discuss her research in sleep disturbances and their implications in Alzheimer’s patients at the Wellcome Trust free lunchtime event, Packed Lunch.

A-level students work experience 2016

A-level students work experience 2016

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A-level students work experience 2016

Native scientist, Ana and Renato, June 2016

Native Portuguese speakers Ana and Renato organised an exciting Portuguese science session at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School in London as part of the Native Scientist program

Visits to the American School in London (ASL)

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Visits to the American School in London (ASL)
 

Whilst in the lab Kara Cerveny visited the mid and upper-level science classes at the ASL to introduce students to developmental biology, evolution, and zebrafish embryology. By coordinating with the ASL teachers who arranged her visit, Kara tailored each of her visits so that students not only gain hands-on experience with zebrafish embryos but also learnt how basic scientific research is linked to the topic they were studying.

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Undergraduates

OpenLab

The last two years the Wilson lab has been hosting OpenLab sessions organised by the UCL student initiative OpenLabs. The OpenLabs events are organised to give small groups of UCL students from diverse disciplines access to cutting edge research labs at UCL. Matina Tsalavouta hosted the events almost every other fortnight from December 2011 until April 25th 2012 and from October 2012 and they have been a great success!

In just over an hour, small groups of students from a broad range of disciplines within UCL are introduced to the research undertaken by the Wilson lab and why the use of zebrafish is favoured as a model organism for developmental biology studies. By organising the events, OpenLabs "hope to give students the food for thought to reflect where to take stock in their scientific career and gain appreciation for the broad research opportunities available at UCL". Feedback from an open lab participant has been published in the UCL student publication, Pi magazine..
 

International Students


London international youth science Forum

From 2004 onwards, we have hosted annual visits organised by the London International Youth Science Forum. During their visit, we present talks and lab demonstrations for visiting students from over 50 countries around the world. Visit the Forums website if you are interested in participating.


Next Generation Science Programme

In 2006, we hosted students on the Next Generation Science Programme sponsored by the British Council Netherlands. This visit explored the theme "From Molecules to Behaviour" and gave both students and their teachers an opportunity to take science out of the classroom and participate in a programme of science-based activities in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at UCL. A pamphlet describing the outcome of the Programme is available here.

 

Clapton Girls' Academy

Clapton Girls' Academy

In November 2012 20 A level students from Clapton Girls' Academy visited the Wilson lab for an afternoon. They have the opportunity to gain some insight into the life of a scientist and to gather practical experience with zebrafish.

 

Wimbledon College visits the lab

For the past few years, members of the A-level biology class from Wimbledon College have visited our lab to gain insight into the life of a scientist and to gather practical experience with our favourite model system, the zebrafish. During these visits, students tour our fish facility; learn to use microscopes to examine wild-type, mutant, and transgenic (fluorescent) zebrafish embryos; and interact with graduate student and post-doc researchers, hopefully gaining an appreciation of why we love science so much! After each visit, several students have been so excited by our work that they returned to the lab for their summer A-level work experience.

One of our students, Michael Adjei-Tabirade (pictured), had this to say about his work experience in our lab "The environment was calm and welcoming, and I always felt a sense of hard work and achievement from the scientists. The ideas and concepts they shared did not overwhelm, but were, at the same time, challenging. I am pleased and privileged to have gained work experience here."

Here is some more of the feedback from the last visit (November 2011) by Mr Adams class:

"It was great to see first-hand how work is conducted in labs and how several techniques are used to observe development in organisms"

"Very interesting insight into embryonic development and the application of transgenic processes. It also gave me a good idea of how laboratories work. I especially enjoyed witnessing the development of the zebrafish under the microscope."

"I learned a lot and would like to come back again. The facilities were excellent and the experiments were fun to do."

"It helped me with the understanding of how eyes actually develop. The microscopes were very high tech and easy to use. It is quite interesting to understand what type of research is going on in this field."

"I learnt a lot about how the right conditions may affect an organism and how the two sides of the brain are different. I also learnt many things about mutant organisms and how they are useful"