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Girls' Day 2023: Ein Tag als Mikrobiologin

Girls’ Day 2023 in den Laboren des CMFI

27.04.2023 CMFI News

On this year's Girls’Day 2023, ten schoolgirls from the Neckar-Alb region were guests in the laboratories of the Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine Tübingen (IMIT). Under the guidance of PhD students Franziska Höhn and Elisa Liebhart, the schoolgirls gained an insight into the work of a microbiologist. The day was organized by the Cluster of Excellence CMFI.

Together with the two researchers, the students extracted DNA from bananas and observed the activity of bacteria under the microscope.
Various everyday objects such as smartphones or their own clothing were also used by the students as objects of investigation: The girls took surface samples by means of so-called contact plates, small Petri dishes with a nutrient medium. After a few days in the incubator, the microorganisms on the nutrient medium multiply to such an extent that they become visible to the human eye. It was impressive for the girls to see how many different microorganisms colonize the surfaces.
In addition, the schoolgirls were given a tour through various laboratories at the CMFI, exchanged ideas with young female scientists and were shown possible educational paths into microbiology.
Franziska Höhn and Elisa Liebhart were able to provide schoolgirls with an exciting and interesting "day as a microbiologist" and showed them with a lot of enthusiasm what it means to be a natural scientist.