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Be a molecular biology student for the day: DNA manipulation

Date: Friday 7 February 2020 (fully booked) / Tuesday 19 May 2020 (booking coming soon)

Time: 10.00am-3.15pm

Meeting location: Alfred Denny Conference Room, Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN

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Who: This workshop is suitable for Y12 and Y13 students with an interest in studying Molecular Biology at university, who are studying two science subjects* with predicted grades B or above.

Places available: 48

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 taster 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 used in industry and research. You'll 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'll be a chance for you to find out more about being a molecular biology student at the University of Sheffield, with an interactive mini-lecture where 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 Lab activity: DNA manipulation and agarose gel electrophoresis
12.15pm-1.15pm Lunch (with an optional campus tour)
1.15pm-1.45pm Lab activity: UV-visualisation of the DNA gel, and analysis of the results
1.45pm-2.30pm Interactive mini-lecture on a topical biological subject
2.30pm-3.00pm 'Being a molecular biology student' – Q+A
3.00pm-3.15pm Closing remarks and departure


Our event on Friday 7 February 2020 is fully booked). Registration will open soon for our event on Tuesday 19 May 2020.

Travel information

Event registration is from 10am in the Alfred Denny Conference Room, Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN. Please see map below.

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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*Science subjects include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.