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BIOL 042 | Bio-Techniques

May 4, 2020 to May 22, 2020

NIH Campus- Bethesda, Maryland

Course Description
Biotechniques, a three-week credit bearing training course, consists of online and hands-on laboratory components. The course examines the fundamental concepts underlying biomedical science as well as principles and methods of scientific techniques commonly used in molecular biology labs. Additionally, during the 5-day lab sessions, students will practice some of these techniques and learn when and how to apply these techniques when designing their own experiments.

Online: Basic concepts of molecular and cell biology; Principles and methods of experimental techniques used in a molecular biology laboratory

Laboratory: general lab safety, pipetting, microscope, mammalian cell culture, molecular cloning, bacterial transformation, nucleic acids and protein isolation, polymerase chain reaction, transfection, SDS-PAGE and Western blotting, bioinformatics tools

The Goal of the Course is to:

  • Describe the characteristics of the major cellular macromolecules;
  • Explain the structure and function of major cellular components;
  • Build and hone critical thinking skills;
  • Gain a working knowledge of practical scientific techniques commonly used in a molecular biology research lab;
  • Brainstorm experimental design and best practices for technique applications

Students will earn 4 graduate credits through the FAES Academic Programs after successful completion of the course.

Who Should Take
The course is suitable for postbacs, college students, and middle or high school biology teachers who wish to brush up on their knowledge in biological sciences while gaining lab experience in molecular and cell biology. Scientists who need to refresh their laboratory skills are also welcome.

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Refund Policy
100% tuition refund for registrations cancelled 14 or more calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.
50% tuition refund for registrations cancelled between 4 to 13 calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.
No refund will be issued for registrations cancelled 3 calendar days or less prior to the start of the workshop.

All cancellations must be received in writing via email to Ms. Carline Coote at
Cancellations received after 4:00 pm (ET) on business days or received on non-business days are time marked for the following business day. 
All refund payments will be processed by the start of the initial workshop.

Suggested Lodging Accommodations
A special rate is available to all workshop attendees. This includes complimentary buffet breakfast, guest room Wi-Fi, and discounted $15 parking per night. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to/from the NIH campus. The hotel is also within walking distance of the training facility. Reservations can be made online, see below.  

The Bethesdan by Hilton

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