The Department of Microbiology and Immunology held an expo booth as well as a talk and lab tours at yesterday's Tertiary Open Day, where secondary students have a day's outing to see what Otago has to offer.
The annual event is held jointly by the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic, and this year attracted crowds of around 6500 to 7000 students and parents from as far afield as Sydney.
The Department booth in the Link this year featured an Influenza infection theme. A group of around 70 attended a talk in the afternoon, at least twice that of previous years. They learned about study choices, career pathways and current research, and afterwards many attended one of two lab tours. They were given the choice of discovering more about either the microbiology or immunology side of the Department's tuberculosis research programmes, viewing the PC3 lab on the roof of the building or the Flow Cytometry suite.