Local students visit the Sancar lab

Students from Hillsborough's Grady Brown Elementary School toured Carolina’s research facilities and conducted science experiments with Nobel Prize laureate Aziz Sancar.

Carolina professors Aziz Sancar and Mark Peifer hosted a group of 20 English as a second language students from nearby Grady Brown Elementary School on March 9 to inspire the next generation of potential scientists.

The students from Hillsborough toured Carolina’s research facilities and conducted science experiments on DNA extraction. This is the second consecutive year that Sancar and Peifer have welcomed the elementary school students into their labs

“I think it’s very important to educate our kids in science, especially in biological and chemical sciences — in particular students coming from underserved communities,” said Sancar, who won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2015 and is the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Carolina.