The 10 iSTEM class had the wonderful opportunity of working and learning from a CSIRO scientist, Taylor, who is currently working towards her PhD in Molecular Biology. She taught us about crystallography, which is the process of crystallising proteins then shooting lasers at the crystals to investigate the structure of the proteins. She explained how this is important in developing new antibiotic drugs to fight bacteria. We conducted an experiment to test which household products have antibacterial properties. We also learnt about causes of antibacterial resistance, the effects of it and what we can do to prevent it. This work built on our learning about biotechnology and bacteria as part of the topic Biomedical Innovation.
By Kelly Tan