Essential Molecular Biology - 'Hands on' Laboratory Course, 12th edition

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22 January - 9 February 2018

 

Welcome,

The Essential Molecular Biology course covers the fundamental principles and techniques used in experimental research in the area of Molecular Biology. Essentially practical in nature, it aims at the learning of current genomics and proteomics techniques, as well as the acquisition of skills in laboratory experimentation required for scientific research in biomedicine.

 

 

1st Call

Applications now open !

 

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Admission

1st call

  • Applications: 14 Sep - 12 Oct
  • Registration: 3 - 30 Nov


2nd call

  • Applications: 1 - 14 Dec
  • Registration: 4 - 12 Jan

 

 

Instructions               

 


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Essential Molecular Biology - A hands-on laboratory course, 12th Edition

Date: 22 January - 9 February 2018


This course covers the fundamental principles and techniques used in experimental research in the area of Molecular Biology. Essentially practical in nature, it aims at the learning of current genomics and proteomics techniques, as well as the acquisition of skills in laboratory experimentation required for scientific research in biomedicine.

 

By end of the course the participants must be able to:
  • Master the basic practices in laboratory work.
  • Carry out experimental work and interpret results proficiently and confidently in the
    areas of genomics and proteomics.
  • Apply the acquired knowledge to the design of a laboratory experimental plan.

 

Programmatic content
  • Basic laboratory practice: laboratory safety, pipetting and solution preparation.


        Genomics:

  • Nucleic acids extraction (DNA, RNA) from cells, tissues or fluids
  • Quantification techniques and quality control
  • cDNA synthesis by reverse transcription (RT)
  • DNA and cDNA amplification by conventional PCR and real time PCR (qPCR)
  • Recombinant DNA techniques (enzymatic restriction, transformation, molecular cloning)
  • Gene expression studies (RT-qPCR)

 

        Proteomics:

  • Protein extraction from cells or tissues
  • Quantification techniques
  • Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE)
  • Western blotting
  • Isoelectric focusing
  • Purification by liquid chromatography
  • Protein co-immunoprecipitation

 

Participants will be able to focus their training on specific techniques by selecting defined topics from the programmatic content, with view to acquiring/developing good skills on those techniques that will be more useful from a professional and/or curricular standpoint.

 

Teaching methodology

A theoretical introduction to each topic will be followed by the practical module, which will entail the demonstration of the laboratory technique followed by its practical execution by the participants. The learning process will develop through direct contact with the laboratory experimental techniques and by the systematic execution of all the essential steps conducing to the successful completion of the experiment.

 

Evaluation type and criteria

The participants will be evaluated continuously through the execution of the laboratory work (85% of the final grade) and by the production of an original experimental project proposal (15% of the final grade).

 

Coordinator

Carlos Manuel Gomes Reguenga, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto.

 

Faculty

Carlos Manuel Gomes Reguenga, Filipe Almeida Monteiro, Miguel Luz Soares, António Carlos Ferreira, Ph.D.s in the area of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto.

 

Target audience

Researchers, near-graduation and graduate students in the areas of Biological and Medical Sciences.

 

Admission criteria

Basic university training in Biological and Medical Sciences.

 

Dates

22 Jan - 4 Feb 2018

 

Schedule

Monday to Friday - 09h00 to 18h45.

 

Admission

Applications / registrations will be conducted online only, on the website of the Faculty of Medicine of Porto.  Instructions for online application         Options of Experimental Focus

 

Online application

1st call: 14 September - 12 October 2017

2nd call: 1 - 14 December 2017

 

Online registration

1st call: 2 - 29 November 2017
2nd call: 4 - 12 January 2018

 

Number of participants

15 (max) / 8 (min).

 

Ranking criteria

Curricular analysis, subject of graduation, order of application. Eligibility according to the admission criteria.

 

Credits

6 ECTS

 

Tuition fee

FMUP students and staff: 550 €;

all other participants: 650 €.

 

Language

English / Portuguese.

 

 


Sponsors

 

We would like to thank all the co-sponsors that support the course:

 

Fisher Scientific
NZYtech
Soquímica