Students, Faculty Host DNA Workshop for Area Children

Wesleyan students and faculty participated in a Minds in Motion event at Snow Elementary School on March 8. Ishita Mukerji, dean of the Natural Sciences and mathematics Division, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, hosted a DNA workshop with nine middle school students.

Wesleyan students and faculty participated in a Minds in Motion event at Snow Elementary School on March 8. Ishita Mukerji (not pictured), dean of the Natural Sciences and mathematics Division, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, hosted a DNA workshop with nine middle school students.

Students built a DNA model made from DNA from their own cheek cells. They also participated in a mock crime scene investigation, performing procedures to compare "Crime Scene DNA" with "suspect DNA."

Students built a DNA model made from DNA from their own cheek cells. They also participated in a mock crime scene investigation, performing procedures to compare “Crime Scene DNA” with “suspect DNA.”

Molecular biology and biochemistry graduate student Li Yan and Laura Nocka '14 helped teach the workshop.

Molecular biology and biochemistry graduate student Li Yan and Laura Nocka ’14 helped teach the workshop.