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Authentic Biology School Visits by Evie Stergiakouli

1 May 2014

Evie Stergiakouli takes part in Authentic Biology school visit

Between February and April 2014, IEU Research Associate Dr Evie Stergiakouli visited Redland High School for Girls and Cotham School to perform a genetic study with sixth-form students as part of Authentic Biology. Authentic Biology is a national initiative supported by the Wellcome Trust aiming to encourage sixth form students to take part in original research projects in their school with guidance from university research workers. The students used ALSPAC data to perform a genome-wide association study of bitter taste and then bioinformatically explored the polymorphisms that they found to be associated with bitter taste.  The feedback from the students and their teachers was very positive and they found it really inspiring to be able to perform advanced genetic analysis in their classrooms. In Redland High School for Girls, the students were particularly interested in the nature of the job that scientists do and one student commented that they found it really inspiring to meet female scientists and learn about their career first hand.

For further information on the University of Bristol’s schools engagement in Authentic Biology please see here:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/fmvs/outreach/projects/authentic-biology.html

 

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