Developmental Biology Day
“It was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational day and I have received lots of very positive comments from other Heads of Departments.”
- William Atkins, Oldham Hulme Grammar, Oldham
“I just wanted to say that I thought you did a great job last Friday hosting us all! I really enjoyed the day and got a lot out of all the presentations/practicals.”
- Helen Faulkner, The King’s School, Chester
Over 15 Heads of Biology from independent schools in the Northwest visited the Faculty of Life Sciences on Friday 27th April 2012 to find out more about one of the most exciting areas of life sciences - Developmental Biology.
The teachers took part in a wide range of really interesting talks and practical activities to learn more about studying Developmental Biology. This included some fantastic talks (K. Brennan, E. Amaya, K. Hentges and B. Brading) and some fascinating experiments. Highlights of these experiments include Mendelian genetics with fluorescent fly larva (T. Millard), sorting out frog embryos according to developmental age and gene expression (E. Amaya and N. Papalopulu), using mutant flies to mimic neurological disease (D. Hughes and S. Patel), learning about stem cells (S. Kimber) and performing IVF on frog eggs (K. Dorey).
Developmental Biologists in the Faculty of Life Sciences are really keen to run some of these experiments in schools in the Northwest, to enthuse the next generation of scientists about this fascinating area of Biology.
For more information contact organiser Becky Brading or visit the Developmental Biology webpages.
Many thanks to Anna Fildes for her help in organising the day.