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                            Outreach Activities

Training, Education, and Outreach

The amphibian Xenopus is an ideal animal model to introduce and educate pre-college and college students as well as teachers to research in Life biomedical Sciences.

The easy accessibility of various life stages including eggs, embryos, tadpoles, metamorphosing froglets and adult frogs, all available in our research resource, provides a unique opportunity to be familiarized with developmental processes and the multiple facets of biology. Science can be fun!

Special workshop session on Xenopus with visiting students from Sage Ridge School, Reno NV
November 30 - December 1, 2012

The second edition of a special workshop for High School students was organized by the Xenopus laevis Research Resource for Immunobiology in the department of Microbiology and Immunology at University of Rochester Medical Center on Friday the 30th and Saturday, December 1st 2012.

During two days, five visiting students of the 11th and 12th Grade Level from the Sage Ridge School, Reno NV, were introduced by the director Dr. Robert and his students to care and handle frogs, as well as to perform basic immunological manipulations.

According to the Science Department Chair of the Sage Ridge School, Dr. Laurie Bissonette, the whole experience was again a great success and very positive for all the students.
Participants: Persiana Saffari (junior), Konner Robison (junior), Tera Robison (junior), Brandon Welcome (junior), Andrew Chellman (senior), Kyle Dhindsa (senior)
NikeshaHaynesNikesha Haynes (PhD Student) shows Persiana Saffari how to use a fluorescence stereomicroscope.

Dr. Robert explains to students how to use a stereomicroscope.
Persiana Saffari


Kyle, Tera, Brandon, Persiana, Dr. Robert and Andrew

2011 Training visit of high school students from
Sage Ridge School, Reno, NV

Four students from the Sage Ridge School in Reno, Nevada spent two days working in the lab of Dr. Jacques Robert. During their time in the lab, these students learned how to work with the African Tree Frog. A PDF of the article that was published in the Reno Gazette-Journal can be viewed by clicking the link above.

A visit to the Jumping Frog Lab

Collage of pictures from the Lincoln School visit.

Fourth year graduate students Ana Goyos and Thaminda Ramanayake, are giving an introduction on the use of the frog Xenopus laevis for scientific research to middle school students from the Lincoln School (School 22) of Rochester, New York.

Image collage of the Dr. Freddie Thomas School visit.

Students from the Dr. Freddie Thomas High School (teacher: Lisa Swartz) visited our resource facility in May 2008. Our animal technician Dave Albright (upper left) shows the students how to feed frogs. Tina Nedelkovska (4th year graduate student, upper right and lower left) and Ana Goyos (5th year graduate student, lower right) introduce students to the biology of amphibians.

Middle School Visit 2009

Undergraduate Research Exposition - April 24th, 2009


Collage of pictures from the Undergraduate Research Exposition


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