To celebrate Medical Research Week, the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research presented a program for senior students with a demonstrated interest in science. Scott Yang, Kyle Anglog, Bailey Greenwood, Leianna Faulkner, Molly Piastri-Wells, Lachlan Mozina, Ruby Sommerville, Cameron Wilkie and Natasha Reddy fulfilled the role of medical researchers as they carried out a series of laboratory activities exploring the techniques and technologies used to investigate infectious disease. The students participated in identifying the genes that make Toxoplasma gondii infectious!
After completing their laboratory exercises they then toured the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, a world-class research institute and met a scientist and laboratory assistant who discussed their approach to research and the results of experiments in research laboratories. Students were able to ask questions of the scientist and assistant during their tour with Kyle asking not one but two questions which the scientist and her assistant could not answer straight away! Well done to all who participated on their exemplary behaviour and great interest in the subject being studied.