Imperial College London

MRC CMBI holds its first Open Day


Making protein crystals

The MRC CMBI held its first Open day on Wednesday 16 October to mark the Centenary of the Medical Research Council.

The MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection hosted around 140 secondary school children (12-16 years of age/Years 8 - 10) and members of the public at its recent Open Day.

Enjoying a video presentationActivities included using microscopes to visualise bacteria and zebrafish larvae, videos showing the invasion of mammalian cells, handling "cuddly bugs" and "sticky" antibiotics, and making protein crystals. Many of our Masters and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, technicians and Principal Investigators enjoyed engaging with the children, and were encouraged by how inquisitive they were.

The teachers accompanying the children commented that Centre staff andPhytochromes - visualising proteins students were able to break down difficult concepts but also challenge pupils. Some of the schools had recently been studying antibiotic resistance and the students were delighted to be able to relate what they had learned in school to current research. They particularly liked meeting the scientists first hand and being able to ask questions about the different visual displays and hands-on activities at the Open Day.


Kylie Glasgow

Kylie Glasgow
Department of Infectious Disease