The field of genetics and ‘gene cloning’ has been revolutionised by PCR, the Polymerase Chain Reaction. By clever design of primers this technique can be used for classical gene cloning, addition, mutation or deletion of genes, sequencing of DNA, and for the preparation of gene libraries for use in comparative gene expression studies or Next Generation Sequencing. The complete annotated genome sequences of many different organisms are available in free online databases (genomics), as are many analysis tools (bioinformatics).
This two-day course offers laboratory-based tuition in the molecular biology techniques needed in almost any field of biological research. Students will be able to use their new skills to express a target gene in a cell line for drug discovery, produce recombinant proteins for therapeutic applications, or identifying species of micro-organisms for diagnosis of infectious diseases.
You will learn how to extract and purify nucleic acids using modern laboratory methods, then use extracted DNA in a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and analyse the results by agarose gel electrophoresis. You will be introduced to free online programmes and databases that can be used to design primers for PCR, and practice using these online tools to identify species from a gene sequence.
The Introduction into DNA Analysis and Bioinformatics (2 Days) programme runs from 9:30am – 4pm for 2 consecutive days with an hour break for lunch. We teach at a very low student to tutor ratio (5:1) meaning that students are supervised and encouraged throughout their course.
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 during the course of the day, especially under a lab a coat and gloves.
All personal protective equipment is provided during the course however students should bring a notebook for recording their results. Some students might find a laptop or tablet useful to work on the computer assignments and to download images of their gels to take away at the end of the course.
Courses are carried out with high levels of staffing to encourage questions, interaction and discussion. Refreshments, lunch and snacks are provided during both days of the course; please advise BioGrad Education of specific dietary requirements at the time of booking.
This course introduces essential practical molecular biology skills and we expect that students on our level 7 courses will 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 laboratory skills course or laboratory skills summer school before commencing this course. The Discovering Practical Microbiology course and the Introduction to Mammalian Cell Culture form useful complements to this course.
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.
This course provides post-graduate scientists with transferable skills and techniques in the laboratory, to progress on into jobs or research projects which involve these skills on a day-to-day basis. These skills can be utilised as tools in postgraduate research projects, it may be techniques you may have not learnt before or want to refresh on before starting a new role or research project.
All of our courses provide attendees with valuable insights into the range of careers and laboratory research opportunities available. We have links with many companies that recruit interns and graduates based on our recommendations. On completion of the course, your new skills and laboratory techniques will be endorsed by our lecturers on LinkedIn and a reference can be provided upon request.
The cost of this course is £600
You can reserve your place on this course with a deposit of just £150.00 if you are booking more than 28 days in advance. The remaining balance is due four weeks prior to the course start date
You can also choose to pay for this course in 6 instalments if you are booking more than 26 weeks in advance, or 12 instalments if you are booking more than 54 weeks in advance
Science Park, Liverpool, L3 5TF
This course lasts for 2 days
9am - 5pm