How an enzyme in a banana helps students learn about biochemistry at home
“Our biochemistry lab is teaching the most important concepts to students even through remote instruction,” said Kyle Willian, coordinator of biochemistry teaching labs.
Willian received a $2,958.40 high-impact mini grant from Auburn University’s Office of the Provost and the Biggo Center to create at-home biochemistry labs for students this fall.
“Through these kits, students can isolate an enzyme, purify it and study it,” he added. “They will be able to fully conduct this research outside of the classroom.”
Students will check-out a lab kit for the semester that is funded through the mini-grant. Then, students will unlock the enzyme found in a banana by breaking it down with the buffer and analyzing it.
“With technology available on their smartphone, students can download an app to check to see how much red, green and blue light the compound is absorbing,” Willian shared.
Students will still wear gloves and safety goggles when using the lab kit at home. All of the materials are non-hazardous.
“Once we finish this project with the kits, we will have an opportunity to conduct further experiments in-person if possible,” he said.