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Teacher Professional Learning

Improve your practice inside and outside of the classroom. Address ATSIL Standards competencies through interactive Teacher PL sessions in the Perkins state-of-the-art medical research facility.

Cost: $250 per person (refreshments and lunch included)
Time: 8:30 – 3:30
Date: See below for individual session dates
Venue: The Harry Perkins Institue of Medical Research, 6 Verdun St Nedlands


DNA 101

For Biology & Human Biology Teachers

A back to basics for teachers wanting to improve their knowledge of molecular biology. Topics include DNA structure, DNA extraction (your own) and purification, gene expression and mutations. Be expertly guided through this hands-on, informative day by Perkins researchers and members of the BioDiscovery Centre. Sessions will include activities you can take back to school and use with your students.

Date: Friday November 20th, 2020

Bioinformatics 101

For Biology & Human Biology teachers

Learn from the Perkins Bioinformatician, Kirsty Richardson, how gene sequencing, measurement of gene expression and bioinformatic analysis are commonly used in medical research. Discover first hand why and how gene expression is measured using a microarray and how to use online bioinformatics tools.

Date: Friday November 6th, 2020

Protein Power

For Chemistry Teachers

A great opportunity for Chemistry Teachers to immerse themselves in our proteins based workshop. Spend an interactive session exploring the primary, secondary and tertiary structure of proteins. This includes understanding the formation of zwitterions and the role of functional groups. Then head to the lab for an investigation of antibiotic resistance using protein gel electrophoresis techniques. Finally, conduct an analysis of protein structure using the same program biochemists use.

Date: Friday November 13th, 2020

BioEngineering 101

For All Science Teachers

Explore and learn how engineering and computational fluid dynamics meet biology. Spend the day hearing from leading scientists in these exciting new areas. Tour the Perkins Bioengineering lab and use some of the technology and techniques from this field.

Date: Coming 2021

ATSIL Standards for DNA 101 & Protein Power:
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
3.4 Select and use resources
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
Understand the relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers

ATSIL Standards for Bioinformatics 101 & BioEngineering 101:
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students
3.4 Select and use resources
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice


Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre – WA’s state-of-the-art teaching laboratory housed in the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and operated by Perkins medical researchers and teachers.