Undergraduate Media Project

The BS31004 module is a Level 3 module called Biochemistry and Cell Biology. The videos were made for a Science Communication Task, whereby groups chose a scientific paper recently produced by researchers working in the School of Life Sciences. The aim was to produce a video that would summarize the findings of the paper in a manner that could be understood by a wider audience, preferably with some previous knowledge of biology.

“Every professional scientist is expected to engage stakeholders with their work and be able to explain to non-specialists what they are doing and why. For this reason a science communication exercise was integrated into the basic biochemistry module for third year undergraduate students. Students, in small groups, produced YouTube videos on selected publications from a Principal Investigators in the School of Life Sciences,” explained Dr Joost Zomerdijk. “A very nice example of that is the video produced by third year undergraduate students Daniel Squair, Peter Corral, Hannah Lawson and Meghan Morrison. Take a look and enjoy!”

TAF1B The Missing Link of Transcription

This video was produced by Peter Corral (Biochemistry), Meghan Morrison (Biochemistry), Daniel Squair (Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery), and Hannah Lawson McLean (Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery). They chose this paper by Dr Joost Zomerdijk because it concerned the subject of transcription, which the students had recently learnt about in the Gene Regulation and Expression module (BS31006).

“We enjoyed this project because it brought out our creativity both as individuals and members of a group,” explained Peter. “This paper built upon what Dr Zomerdijk had previously taught us about transcription, and provided further detail regarding the structural and functional similarities of the basal transcription apparatus in eukaryotes. It was especially intriguing to learn that this research confirmed the presence of a TFIIB-like protein in RNA Polymerase I transcription, and that this protein had a role in events occurring after the recruitment of RNA Polymerase I.”

A study of how protein interactions effect chromosomal structure, using C. elegans as a model organism

Rosie Robertson, Micha Thompson, Sarah Demetriou (Microbiology) and Meghan Townsley produced this video based on the work of Professor Anton Gartner. Much of his research uses the model organism C. elegans. Rosie Robertson played Mrs C. elegans while Micha Thompson played Mr C. elegans.

“The media project was an assignment to communicate the research of a life sciences researcher in Dundee to the lay public. I enjoyed finding out about the different life sciences research that happens in Dundee, and having the opportunity to prepare our own questions for Professor Gartner about his research in particular. We chose to interview Professor Gartner, as we have read the literature from his lab and found it interesting as well as related to other aspects of our course. We learned a lot about C.elegans, from maintenance to genetics, to mechanisms needed in DNA repair,” explained Sarah.