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Teacher Professional Learning

Improve your practice inside and outside of the classroom. Address ATSIL Standards competencies through interactive Teacher PL sessions in the Perkins state-of-the-art medical research facility.

Cost: $250 per person (refreshments and lunch included)
Time: 8:30 – 3:30
Date: See below for dates for each session
Venue: The Harry Perkins Institue of Medical Research, 6 Verdun St Nedlands


Everything DNA 

For Biology & Human Biology Teachers

For teachers wanting to improve their knowledge of molecular biology. Topics include DNA structure, DNA extraction (your own) and purification, gene expression and mutations. Be expertly guided through this hands-on, informative day by Perkins researchers and members of the BioDiscovery Centre. Sessions will include activities you can take back to school and use with your students.

Date: Friday November 4th 2022


For Biology & Human Biology teachers

Learn from a bioinformatician how gene sequencing, measurement of gene expression and bioinformatic analysis are commonly used in medical research. Discover first hand why and how gene expression is measured using a microarray and how to use online bioinformatics tools.

Date: Friday November 11th 2022 

Protein Chemistry

For Chemistry Teachers

A great opportunity for Chemistry Teachers to immerse themselves in our proteins workshop. Spend an interactive session exploring the primary, secondary and tertiary structure of proteins. This includes understanding the formation of zwitterions and the role of functional groups. Then head to the lab for an investigation of antibiotic resistance using protein gel electrophoresis techniques. Finally, conduct an analysis of protein structure using the same program biochemists use.

Date: Friday November 18th 2022 

BioEngineering 101

For All Science Teachers

Explore and learn how engineering and computational fluid dynamics meet biology. Spend the day hearing from leading scientists in these exciting new areas. Tour the Perkins Bioengineering lab and use some of the technology and techniques from this field.

Date: Coming soon

ATSIL Standards for DNA 101 & Protein Power:
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
3.4 Select and use resources
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
Understand the relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers

ATSIL Standards for Bioinformatics 101 & BioEngineering 101:
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students
3.4 Select and use resources
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice


The Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre is WA’s state-of-the-art teaching laboratory housed in the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. It is operated by Perkins medical researchers and teachers. For more information please get in touch.