Anna Salowka, Research Technician in the Spagnoli Lab, began the day with a seminar on stem cell biology, gene therapy, and the research we undertake at the CGTRM. This was followed by a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities by Technical Manager Matteo Battilocchi. The students then got to work, extracting DNA from strawberries and bananas at the lab bench, utilising the real tools our scientists use every day. This was led by Inês Tomás, a Research Assistant in the Watt Lab, who walked the students through the technical steps of the process and challenged them to think on how they could improve.
One of the visiting students Alexia (16), said “I loved it! It was fascinating!”