Stream 1 at the Michael Smith Laboratories: 1. Genomic DNA Isolation (host: GenomeBC): Students will perform a standard genomic DNA isolation from their own cheek cells, such that they will have a sample that they can take home. Discussions around concepts of genomics will also be entertained.
2. Microbial Biodiversity Lab (host: David Ng): Students will use dissecting microscopes to explore the microbial world found within a riparian ecosystem (and help Dave obtain images of various organisms for a card game to be used by the public school community). Discussions will revolve around microbial biodiversity with both an emphasis on ecology as well as introduction of concepts around microbiome analysis.
3. Tour of the Michael Smith Laboratories (host: MSL): Students will be broken into smaller groups and will be given a guided tour through some of the research labs within the MSL.
Stream 2 at the Life Science Center: 1. Cell Culture Lab: Students will be guided through a variety of wet lab exercises where they will have an opportunity to delve into the world of tissue culture. This includes an introduction to the methodology around flow cytometry (a technique that can sort cells based on specific characteristics). 2. Imaging Lab: Students will participate in a microscopy section that will involve both techniques in epifluorescence and confocal imaging (a kind of microscopy technique that allows generation of 3 dimensional images).
3. Informal Q&A with graduate students on research life as well as discussions around the evidence based thinking and the problem of fake news.