Aspire in Biochemistry & Biomedical Science

The Aspire in Biochemistry and Biomedical Science Summer School aims to provide you with a full insight into life at Lancaster University, balancing skills development and experience of undergraduate level study with social and leisure activities. The Summer School is also an ideal way to get ahead in your preparation for university applications.  We ensure that groups are kept small and that we bring together like-minded students with subject leaders and current students. Summer Schools are an ideal way to step into learning beyond school.


Biochemistry is the study of living organisms at the molecular level.  You will be taught about protein structure, the principles of protein folding and protein separation techniques. You will discover how ‘point of care testing’ in healthcare has led to the development of clinical biochemistry reagent strips which can be used to facilitate diagnosis based on detection of certain molecules in serum or urine, such as ketones, glucose and protein.  Laboratory work will be centred upon protein separation and diagnosis of case study ‘patients’ based on their clinical biochemistry reagent strip results. Once you have this knowledge, you will be given group tasks which will enable you to look at specific topics and current research in more detail, such as:  PolyAcrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (PAGE) and its applications to medical diagnostics; principles of protein folding and clinical findings in a variety of conditions e.g. nephrotic syndrome, diabetes mellitus and liver disease. 

Biomedical Science

In the Biomedical Science summer school, you will focus on molecules and mechanisms fundamental to immunity and how these are disrupted by disease. You will discover the components of blood and how our acquired immune system works. Laboratory work will be centred upon blood cell identification and ‘immunity in action’.  

We will discuss Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and leukaemias. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is one of the most lethal pathogens known to man. Currently, there is no cure or vaccine. With over 34 million people living with HIV, worldwide, researchers are constantly looking for new treatment methods for this disease and new ideas for preventing infection.  But why is HIV so dangerous?  You will also find out about the different kinds of leukaemia, clinical findings, diagnosis and how these affect the immune system.

Once you have this knowledge, you will be given group tasks which will enable you to look at current research in areas such as HIV diagnosis; HIV vaccine development; treatment of patients with HIV; Immunodeficiency; HIV structure and its replication cycle; diagnosis and treatment of several types of leukaemia. 

To apply for the Aspire in Biochemistry and Biomedical Science Summer School, please complete the registration form.

Deadline for applications is Friday 29 March 2014.