Discover biomedical science at Monash University Foundation Year Discovery Day 2019

20 February 2019

Surely by now through the many detective movies we have watched, we know that we leave genetic footprints everywhere we go. Whether it be the fingerprints on the door or the saliva on our cup, science can tell who and what we have been up to.

Forensic scientists are not the only ones who value these scientific evidences. Did you know that they are also very much significant to biomedical scientists? To them, they are the answer to human health and diseases.

The learning of biomedical sciences applies both natural science and formal science (logic, mathematics, statistics etc). To be exact, it focuses on how cells, organs and systems function in the human body. It involves multidisciplinary studies from the generic study of biomedical sciences and human biology to more specialised subject areas such as toxicology, pharmacology, human physiology, human anatomy, pathology and human nutrition.

Biomedical science is the core of medical breakthroughs in human, despite so, not many aware of what biomedical science is, let alone the purpose of studying biomedical sciences. To start creating more awareness in this area, Monash School of Science is targeting younger generations, starting with the 107 Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) students from Sunway College.

On 20th February, Dr Michelle Yap and Dr Max Lai organised a biomedical workshop, entitled “Cracking the code of life”, at Monash University as a part of the MUFY discovery day event. The workshop began with a brief talk on code of life which then proceeded with explanations about DNA and the applications of DNA fingerprinting in the diagnosis of genetic disorders. Experiments including DNA extraction from cheek cells, agarose gel electrophoresis and DNA fingerprinting were also carried out to give students a real taste of being biomedical scientists.

Dr Michelle Yap briefing the students before the workshop

Experiment in action