On March 25, more than 400 high school students from Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Dong Nai provinces, and so on, have participated in the Open day at Cellular Reprogramming Laboratory. This special event – held by International University – allowed the students first-hand experience of university life as well as the latest information on available courses, facilities and job prospects.
With an aim to give the students the most accurate view of Animal Biotechnology, particularly Reproductive Technology and Regenerative Biomedicine, lab activities included both general presentation and actual experimental procedures in order to help them figure out their interests, inspiration as well as future orientation.
Most importantly, the students had the opportunity to observe Intracytoplasmic Sperm injection (ICSI) and cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) performed by A. Prof. Nguyen Van Thuan and Lab members. These are highly advanced techniques that are only accessible to experts at hospitals or renown institutes. Not only were the students taught about Developmental biology, or the intricate mechanisms behind such techniques but they also could physically “touched” the eggs under the micro-manipulator system.
Pic. 1. The students were introduced to different methods on Embryology. These ranged from the most basic (ie. Oocyte collection from ovaries) to highly advanced (ie. Micropipette forging, ICSI, NT).
Pic. 2. A. Prof Nguyen Van Thuan is giving a lecture on ICSI and embryonic development. Behind him is the live demonstration of SCNT by a Master student