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Be a molecular biology student for the day: DNA manipulation

Date: Monday 15 July - fully booked

Time: 10.00am-3.15pm

Location: Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN

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Who: This workshop is suitable for Y12 students studying A Level Biology with a predicted grade B and an interest in studying Biology at University.

Places available: 16

Cost: Free but you will need to bring your own lunch.

Accessibility: If you have additional support requirements please contact us before booking.

Molecular biology taster day mainAbout the day 

This experience day at the University of Sheffield gives A level biologists a taste of what it’s like to study molecular biology at university.

In the morning you'll be working in the molecular biology lab, undertaking practical work to manipulate DNA. You’ll be working with one of our staff members and some of our current students, using equipment and facilities not usually available in schools and colleges. You will digest some DNA using a restriction enzyme and then analyse your samples using agarose gel electrophoresis. The ability to manipulate DNA and the technique of gel electrophoresis are core to biology labs all over the world. They form the basis for many molecular biology applications, including cloning, gene/protein analysis, paternity testing and DNA fingerprinting.

After lunch there will be a chance for you to find out more about being a molecular biology student at the University of Sheffield, with a tutorial-style group activity in which a current biology topic will be discussed. This will be followed by a Q&A session with some of our current undergraduate students, a member of our admissions team, and a careers expert, who will all be on hand to answer any queries you might have about studying molecular biology (or the wider biologies) at university.


Time Activity
10.00am-10.30am Arrivals and registration
10.30am-10.45am Welcome and introduction to the University
10.45am-12.15pm DNA manipulation and agarose gel electrophoresis
12.15pm-1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm-1.45pm UV-visualisation of the DNA gel, and analysis of the results
1.45pm-2.30pm Tutorial-style group activity
2.30pm-3.00pm 'Being a biology student' – Q+A
3.00pm-3.15pm Wrap-up, evaluations and depart


Our next taster day on 15th July is fully booked. Please check back soon for the latest dates of upcoming tasters days.

Travel information

Event registration is from 10am in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN. Please see map below.

The day starts with a welcome talk at 10.30am and finishes at approximately 3.15pm.

The easiest way to travel to campus from Sheffield train station is by tram. Trams regularly run between Sheffield train station and the University of Sheffield tram stop, from which it is a 5 minute walk to the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology department . For those arriving by car, Durham Road Q Park is the nearest car park to campus and spaces can be booked in advance (advised).

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