The inaugural UWA 2019 Barry Marshall MicroBlitz Internship has provided eight enthusiastic female science students with an internship placement.
Named after Academy Fellow Professor Barry Marshall, a Nobel Laureate, the internship involves a two-week placement at two University of Western Australia research centres.
Interns received intensive training in groups of four at the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training and at Microblitz. They experienced the major microbiology techniques required for environmental microbiome Helicobacter pylori as well as understanding antibiotic resistance, PCR, Next Generation Sequencing and some essential bioinformatics.
The interns are also developing science activities for upper primary and lower high school students, to complement their community engagement and outreach opportunities on campus with MicroBlitz.
The internship was officially launched in early February and was attended by Academy Fellows Professor Lyn Beazley and Professor Simon Biggs.
The program is funded by the WA Government’s Department of Jobs, Training, Science and Innovation and administered by the Marshall Centre and MicroBlitz project teams.