UCL Ear Institute


In2science students visit 2019

13 August 2019

In July the Ear Institute welcomed more students into its laboratories as part of the in2science programme.

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The in2science programme is aimed at students from low income backgrounds, providing an opportunity to work alongside researchers in STEM based subjects. Students take part during the summer holidays of Year 12. 

We hosted a record 10 in2science students this year across the Institute. Each student was assigned a host who they worked with during their two week placement.  The students worked on a variety of projects ranging from the molecular mechanisms underpinning stress granule formation in sensory hair cells, to the effect of sound on the human autonomic nervous system, reflecting the breadth of research undertaken by researchers at the Ear Institute.

The students experienced a variety of different experimental techniques including cochlear dissections, immunohistochemistry, cell culture and DNA gel electrophoresis. They learned about the differences between light and electron microscopy through demonstrations given by Prof. Jonathan Ashmore and Dr Anwen Bullen. In addition to gaining practical experience, students also learned about experimental design, including how to choose the best experimental model and the importance of control experiments.

On their final day, the students demonstrated their new found knowledge with a presentation to Ear Institute staff and students, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

We hope that the students enjoyed themselves, gained new experiences and that their placements provided some insight into how a potential career in research could work for them.