“PhUn” at MCW

June 11, 2014 College News - Faculty members brought a little “PhUn” to their labs when fourth graders from Honey Creek Elementary School in Milwaukee visited for a hands-on science lesson.

Diane Munzenmaier, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physiology; and D.J. Sidjanin, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy, celebrated the third annual Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Week with students discussing DNA, proteins, and health.

The students learned about DNA sequencing and mass spectrometry of proteins, and had the opportunity to isolate their own DNA in the lab.

They discussed how genetic mutations can alter protein function, using Marfan syndrome as an example. The students also visited the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center (BBC) and the Children’s Research Institute (CRI) to experiment with protein chromatography and to visit the mass spectrometers and the NextGen sequencers.

PhUn Week is an annual outreach program coordinated by the American Physiological Society that creates an opportunity for K-12 graders to learn about physiology.

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