Our intensive 2-day ‘Discovering Practical Microbiology’ course offers laboratory-based tuition in a range of techniques essential for any microbiology researcher.
Students gain experience working with both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria and are provided with the opportunity to repeat techniques a number of times on different microorganisms throughout the course.
Students develop a range of fundamental practical skills including a confident understanding of aseptic technique using a range of growth medias, staining techniques and microscopic evaluation of cultures.
Students begin by collecting and modelling microbial growth data in their own bacterial cultures, then use their new practical skills to isolate novel thermophilic bacteria from the local environment and are set the challenge to find an optimal media for the fastest-growing bacterium in the world! This gives students ‘REAL WORLD’ practical experience which will provide a basis for the optimisation of future protocols and a topic for discussion during interviews.
The course leader is Dr Alex Pudney:
Dr Pudney is a Molecular Biologist/Biochemist at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire. Prior to this, he was Synthetic Biology Team Leader at ZuvaSyntha Ltd., a Strain Engineering Scientist at TMO Renewables Ltd., and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Imperial College London.
Liverpool Science Park
Courses are carried out at our state of the art facilities in Liverpool Science Park and taught in very small groups to encourage questions, interaction and discussion. The laboratories are located on the top floor of IC3 which is centrally located, adjacent to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and within 7 minutes’ walk of both Central and Lime Street Train Stations.
Students should report to the main reception on Mount Pleasant (at the bottom of the Cathedral steps) upon arrival at the Science Park.
Refreshments, lunch and snacks are provided during both days of the course. Vegetarian options are provided as standard however please inform BioGrad of and additional dietary requirements at the time of booking.
Students wishing to bring their own food or snacks have access to a fridge and microwave during the course, plus a break room containing vending machines and sky TV should they wish to dine separately.
Clothing and PPE
Students are advised to wear comfortable clothes and shoes (ensuring legs and feet are covered when in the laboratory). We advise layered clothing as it can become warm when wearing a lab coat and gloves all day.
All personal protective equipment is provided during the course however students should bring a note book for recording their results. Students will find a laptop or tablet useful as they will be able to download their own data files and images of their bacterial cultures to take away at the end of the course.
Further career development
We will happily take photographs of students working in the laboratory which often serve as excellent profile pictures for work related social networking (such as LinkedIn). Our lectures will also endorse your new skills and provide a reference if requested. Many of our lecturers are also happy to review CV’s during the course so please feel free to bring yours along for constructive feedback.
If you have an interview booked our lecturers will be pleased to provide mock interviews with feedback free of charge. These must be booked beforehand to allow the lecturer time to review the job description and prepare appropriate questions. Mock interviews may be carried out during the weekend of your course or by skype at a later date.
We have active links with the recruitment agencies SRG and Network Scientific, students will be provided with the contact details of our recruitment consultants if requested, and references can be provided directly to these agencies.
This course introduces essential practical microbiology skills however students must already understand how to use basic laboratory equipment, make stock solutions, follow UK H&S policies including Risk Assessments and COSHH, and maintain a laboratory note book. Students without any previous laboratory experience should attend the 1 day laboratory skills course or 5 day laboratory skills course before commencing this course.
Accommodation is not included with this course however we recommend The Feathers Best Western Hotel and Hatters Hostel as they are both within 3 minutes walking distance from the laboratory.
Students can take advantage of discounted room rates at Hatters hostel. Single occupancy, en-suite rooms are £37 per night midweek and £46 at weekends. Contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and booking.
Early booking is highly recommended, especially for weekend courses.
All payments are taken securely with PayPal. All major debit and credit cards are accepted so you don’t need a PayPal account.
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There is no charge for early payment, which can be made via PayPal at any time.
Sorry, we don't have any of these courses planned at the moment in the next academic year.