Microbiology Lab in the AMNH

On Thursday, January 28, while other students were sitting at desks and busy taking notes or quizzes, the 12th grade microbiology class was donning white lab coats in preparation for a much more hands-on lesson than usual. This lucky class of seniors had the opportunity to make the American Museum of Natural History  their classroom for the day. They participated in an amazing microbiology lab at the Sackler Lab Center in which they were able to investigate various microorganisms as well as perform their own gram stain.


These students acted as “real” microbiologists for a day, hard at work culturing various forms of microbial life. Following that hard day in the lab, students had the chance to walk through the museum’s new “The Secret World Inside You” exhibit, a tour of the human body.

In “The Secret World Inside You” they explored the intriguing questions of how people interact with microbes, or how each of our microbiomes can be said to be their own organs, and more with interactive activities, videos, and a theater. 

While learning more about this rather recent area of scientific study, the York Prep students were able to sit on a live panel where a presenter showed visitors how scientists are navigating the research within this field. One of our very own students was even chosen to help demonstrate the topic of the day, a great experience for all to thoroughly enjoy.

The Secret World Inside You is co-curated by Susan Perkins and Rob DeSalle, curators in the Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics. The exhibition will be open to the public until August 14, 2016.