Overview: This 5 day laboratory-based course will provide students with a unique set of skills that they will be able to take forwards with them during the next steps in their career. The course covers a range of topics and techniques within the exciting field of biomedical science, giving students the opportunity to explore the plethora of opportunities available within the world of scientific research. Students will spend the week in a research lab with a group of like-minded budding scientists and will learn essential skills in immunology, pathology, microbiology, genetics and more. The breadth of topics and techniques covered will allow students to develop their understanding of key research areas within human disease, to inspire and instil their own goals within science. Packaging the key skills that employers and universities are consistently seeking, this course will serve as a head start during a critical point in a young person’s professional journey.
Day 1: Introduction to the Laboratory
Morning Session: Laboratory Induction
- Opening presentation to break down the week, answer any questions, giving the students an opportunity to get to know each other and get set up in the lab.
- Health and Safety: COSHH & RA
- Lab books: their importance and how to properly use them
- Introduction to pipetting, solution preparation and serial dilutions.
- Students will be introduced to the laboratory environment, given their own lab book and bench space and will begin their training with an overview of health and safety and the everyday use of laboratory equipment.
Afternoon Session: Blood Typing
- Theory elements: antigens and antibodies, innate and adaptive immunity, ABO and Rh typing
- Practical experiment (independent work): students introduced to an emergency blood transfusion scenario, blood samples and antibodies are used to correctly blood-type and match four individuals.
- This session will introduce the students to the key elements of immunology and pathology as a basis for the rest of the week. They will also get to put their pipetting skills into practise during the practical experiment.
Day 2: Infectious Disease
Morning Session: ELISA
- Theory elements: more in-depth understanding of pathology and immunology, diagnostic assays, monoclonal antibodies, the importance of disease diagnostics and handling of infectious clinical samples.
- Practical experiment (mixture of group and independent work): students will process a set of clinical samples and develop a diagnostic assay to diagnose patients with an infectious disease.
- Students will be introduced to the importance of diagnostics and explore the use of antibodies and antigens as a method of diagnosing a tropical disease, whilst understanding the implications in regard to treatment and transmission prevention.
Afternoon Session: Epidemiology Outbreak Workshop
- Practical experiment (group task): an infectious disease outbreak is presented and students must use their knowledge and understanding of diagnostics, transmission and treatments to minimise the effects of a novel disease spreading through a population.
- Students will put their theory and practical skills from the morning session into practise within a disease outbreak scenario.
Day 3: Cell Culture and Pathology
Morning Session: Cell culture
- Theory elements: principles of cell culture and its wide range of applications within biomedical research.
- Practical experiment: students will be taught the basics of cell culture and will learn how to create an aseptic environment, quantify and passage cells, examine cultures under a microscope and highlight differences in cell line morphologies.
- This session is critical to enriching students’ CVs with a highly-desirable research technique. By the end of the lesson, students will understand how to maintain cell lines and why this is such an important tool to utilise within biomedical research.
Afternoon Session: Parasitology & Microbiology
- Theory elements: morphology and pathology of microscopic organisms, zoonoses, importance of vector control and current areas of interest within the field.
- Practical experiment: the afternoon will be spent performing a series of experiments and microscopy tasks to develop skills in microbiology.
- Students will have the opportunity to prepare and visualise a range of parasitic and bacterial organisms in order to understand how they are investigated and diagnosed in the field today.
Day 4: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Morning Session: PCR
- Theory elements: principles of molecular biology, mechanisms and applications of polymerase chain reaction and its value to a wide range different research sectors.
- Practical experiment: an extracted molecular sample will be prepared and analysed via qPCR by students in pairs.
- This session will provide students with an understanding of the range of applications of PCR and how scientists use this technique to collect data in order to investigate an endless number of biological molecules, understand novel diseases and utilise as a diagnostic tool.
Afternoon Session: Western Blot
- Theory elements: main principles and research applications of the western blot, protein-protein interactions and electrophoresis.
- Practical experiment: students will have the opportunity to prepare a sample and carry out a western blot to visualise proteins and understand how this can be applied to research.
- Similarly to their morning session, students will have the opportunity to gain a highly sought-after and useful skill and gain an understanding of how this is applicable for scientific research. By this stage, students will be able to piece together how the individual skills they’ve learnt throughout the week can be utilised in parallel in order to answer exciting and novel research questions to make an impact on the future of biomedical science.
Day 5: Transferable Research Skills
Morning Session: Journal Club/Presentations
- Students will have the option to host a journal club or prepare a short presentation on a topic relevant to something they’ve learnt and enjoyed throughout the week. They will have the opportunity to showcase their passions and develop key transferable skills in critical thinking and public speaking, both of which are highly valued within biomedical research.
Afternoon Session: Careers and CV Workshop
- Careers talk: elaborates on the wide spectrum of careers available within biomedical sciences, and an opportunity for students to delve into their own interests and career goals.
- CV workshop: encourage students to interact with a range of example CVs, highlighting/discussing strong candidates and areas of improvement in order to apply their knowledge to their own portfolios and developing a professional online presence (utilising tools such as LinkedIn).
- Students will understand the extensive prospects within academia, industry and more to allow them to develop an idea of the direction they would like to go in and how to appropriately present themselves as a strong candidate during application processes.
All our courses can be booked by paying a deposit and using a payment plan over 1,6 or 12 months if required. For more information please contact our Administration Team via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org or through the contact form here.
Our courses are under constant review to ensure they remain inline with current protocols within the NHS, research and industry. This means that course content may change.