Molecular Biology (90 CPD Credits)
5 Day Course
£TBA
Available Dates
Introduction

Our Molecular Biology course offers a rare opportunity to develop hands-on experience with molecular biology experts from pharmaceutical and academic research.

Molecular biology plays a critical role in different industrial and academic fields to study and manipulate the genome, gene expression & protein chemistry of cells, all of which can be used to efficiently target new drugs, diagnose, and treat diseases. The skills learned on this course are integral in biomedical research, microbiology, oncology, neuroscience & translational medicine.

Overview

This Molecular Biology course is designed to provide hands-on experiences with molecular biology techniques & methodology. The course offers small group instruction in the following techniques ELISA, DNA extraction & quantification, PCR & agarose gel electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE & western blotting, as well as an introduction into bioinformatics and primer design for polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

What to expect

The Molecular Biology programme runs from 9:30am – 4pm for 5 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.

Course Content

Day 1 - ELISA Techniques

Students will get an in-depth understanding of pathology and immunology and will process a set of clinical samples using ELISA as a diagnostic assay with use of spectroscopic techniques to diagnose patients with an infectious disease. Students will perform a quantitative ELISA using plate-based absorbance and be asked to design their own experimental plate.

Day 2/3 - SDS-PAGE and Western Blotting

Hands on training on SDS-PAGE & Western Blotting for the detection and analysis of proteins from a cell sample. Students will learn how to prepare their samples, load samples into an SDS-PAGE gel and then how to perform a western blot including blocking, primary & secondary antibody incubation. Students will then learn how to analyse their blot.

Day 4 - Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Students will perform DNA extraction and use a Nanodrop Spectrophotometer to quantify DNA purity. Students will then perform a PCR reaction and subsequently use gel electrophoresis to detect & visualise their PCR product.

Day 5 - Introduction to Bioinformatics

Students will get an introduction and hands on experience in using databases such as the NCBI, and tools such as BLAST. To develop an understanding to the practical applications of the content learnt throughout the week. Students will independently use real databases along with tools for real-time application, such as primer designing for PCR and genome analysis.

Prerequisites
  • To get the most from this course you must be confident and competent in a laboratory setting. Thus, a questionnaire must be completed prior to the commencement of your course to ensure you are able to meet the required competencies.
  • If you do not yet possess the necessary lab skills, you need to attend our 1 day ‘Introduction to laboratory skills’ course or the 5 days ‘Essential Laboratory Techniques’ course before commencing this course.
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and practical techniques of ELISA, electrophoresis, western blotting, and PCR.
  • Develop extraction, precipitation, and PCR techniques, and confidently interpret the result output.
  • Develop an understanding of the theories and applications of the molecular biology techniques the students have developed through the course.
  • Maintain laboratory records to a scientific laboratory standard.
Course Endpoint

This course provides both current undergraduate and graduate scientists with a set of transferable skills and techniques in the laboratory, to progress on into jobs which will involve the use of these skills on a day-to-day basis. The skills and techniques learnt on this course, provide scientists with the tools to progress into postgraduate research projects involving these techniques.

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.

Course Details
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There are up to four payment options available:
  • Pay in full at the time of booking
  • Pay in 2 - 25% deposit with the remainder due 28 days before the course commences (only available if booking more than 28 days in advance)
  • Pay in 6 - 6 equal, monthly payments (only available if booking more than 26 weeks in advance)
  • Pay in 12 - 12 equal, monthly payments (only available if booking more than 54 weeks in advance)
Available Course Dates
Current Academic Year 01/09/2023 to 01/09/2024

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