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Work experience in Oxford

CLSG student looking at cell under microscope in Oxford lab

Last Tuesday, Evie, Philo and I travelled to Oxford for the day to do work experience at research lab at the Nuffield Department of Medicine.

It was an invaluable opportunity to understand the different roles within research. We toured the building, which contained cryo freezers at -191 degrees, hypoxic chambers, and culture rooms - one of which was dedicated to analysing coronavirus during lockdown.

We dyed slides of organs with hematoxylin stain, watched a kidney dissection through a microscope, pipetted samples of DNA into agarose gel to find the number of base pairs present, and saw samples respond to varying oxygen concentrations through fluorescence microscopy. It was such an incredible day, particularly holding a Lasker Award and a Nobel Prize!