Public Engagement

I think that it's important to share the interesting science we do with the public!

From kids, to scientists in other fields, and everyone in between: it's a lot of fun to show people why we do what we do, how we do it, and also encourage them to see more science in daily life.

Here's a small selection of things I've been involved with.

The students of the Cell Fate and Gene Regulation Lab worked with an artist, Lorena Carbajal, to produce a collaborative stop-motion animation activity at a Crick Late event. Members of the public helped us animate the stages of yeast meiosis, a process that our lab studies to understand cell fate decisions.

Find out about our awesome animator Lorena here!

Lorena Carbajal, Janis Tam, Minghao Chia, Alice Rossi, Alice Carty, Andrew Wu

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See yeast in a whole new light

We designed and delivered an activity where the public could get hands on with a real scientific experiment. They helped us stain the DNA inside budding yeast cells that had undergone meiosis and prepared slides to examine with a fluorescence microscope. (Meiosis is a process that generates gametes or sex cells, eg. sperm & eggs)

Many thanks to the Crick Light Microscopy STP for lending us an epifluorescence microscope for this event at the Crick Late in 2018!

Janis Tam, Minghao Chia, Alice Rossi, Alice Carty, Andrew Wu

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Meet a Scientist

I take part in "Meet a Scientist" sessions hosted at the Francis Crick Institute from time to time. I enjoy meeting and talking to the people who come by, especially young people who have an amazing curiosity about biology. During the sessions, we've talked about the science behind the Crick's public exhibitions, the research I do personally, and the fascinating work other groups at the Crick and elsewhere are doing.

I've also delivered various public engagement activities at the New Scientist Live festival with the Crick, talking to people about CRISPR-Cas9, gene editing, and other cool science!