The Department of Biochemistry exhibited two attractions at the recent IF Oxford Science Festival on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October.
On Saturday 19th October, 12 different volunteers doing 2 hour shifts manned a structural biology activity in Leiden Square, Westgate Centre. During the day 12 kg of jelly babies were transformed into regular lattices with the aid of sausage sticks and taken home in plastic bags (or eaten on the way!), and many children pipetted their first crystallography trial (lysozyme). The footfall was incessant, with often a queue of waiting participants.
The volunteers were:
9am-11am Jane Mellor, Jingnu Xia, Gurdeep Minhas
11am-1pm Konstantina Foteinou, JL Kiappes, Ganesha Pitchai
1pm-3pm Anastasiya Kishkevich, Nathan James, Metin Aksu,
3pm-5pm Juan Escobar, Zuzana Coculova, Conor Wild
In a related event, members of the Higgins and Draper groups presented their “Designer Malaria Vaccines” stand in the Oxford Town Hall on Sunday of the IF science festival. They enjoyed telling visitors about how to design effective malaria vaccines and the visiting children enjoyed the parasite killing game.
Elspeth Garman & Matt Higgins
11th November 2019