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BioTech 42 | Bio-Techniques I | Molecular Biology Basic Laboratory Skills

December 3, 2018 to December 21, 2018

Introduction to Bio-Techniques: Lecture and Laboratory exercises are structured to provide students who are not experienced in cell culture with an introduction to principles and practices that will facilitate their ability to develop the use of in vitro systems. Participants will gain practical experience in comprehensive techniques. For example, students will isolate RNA from cells in culture, quantify it, reverse transcribe it into cDNA, conduct quantitative PCR, and analyze the gene expression data. Other core techniques covered in this course are gel electrophoresis, Western blot analysis, and Bioinformatics using online resources, particularly through NCBI. These workshops are predicated on the application of some of the most commonly used applications in a molecular biology research lab, and are taught by experienced researchers with extensive years of experience in the field.

A payment plan is available to cover the cost of the course tuition.  If would like to use the payment plan option, an initial deposit of $1,000.00 is due at the time of registration. Please contact the Training Department at: registration or 301-496-977 to use this option.

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Bio-Techniques I is a 3-week intensive course, consisting of online lectures and in-person laboratory workshops held at the FAES Training Center at the National Institutes of Health main campus in Bethesda, MD. Online lectures are 3 hours, either 9:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Laboratory workshops are generally 9:00am – 5:00pm. Bio-Techniques I is taught at an introductory level. There is no pre-requisite for prior experience in a lab.

This course consists of four modules 
• Cell Culture & Microscopy 
• Nucleic Acids & Genetic Engineering 
• Immunology & Immunotechnology 
• Proteomics & Bioinformatics

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Program Faculty

Joseph Bressler, PhD, Associate Professor, JHU

Frank Castora, PhD, Associate Professor, E. Virginia Medical School

James  Cherry, PhD, Scientific Program Officer, NCI/NIH

Aloa Lamarca Dams, PhD, Scientist, NICHD/NIH

Jeff Huang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Auburn University

Apratim Mitra, PhD, Bioinformatics Scientist, NICHD/NIH

Avery Possey Jr., PhD, Junior Faculty, University of Pennsylvania

Karen Ross, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

Jithesh Veetil, PhD, Lead Scientist, FAES@NIH

Julie Wu, PhD, Immunology Patent Examiner, USPTO

Who Should Enroll? 
Ideal participants for this course are life sciences college graduates who have limited exposure to wet-lab training, individuals working in the sciences who need to strengthen their laboratory skills, or international science students seeking experience in a lab. 

After Completing this course, students will be able to: 
• 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 
• Network with research scientists and colleagues in the program
• Earn 5 graduate credits through the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences

Courses are open to all qualified persons, both government and non-government. The FAES Graduate School at NIH has an open-enrollment policy, provided that students meet any applicable prerequisites as indicated in the course descriptions. FAES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, national or ethnic origin or veteran status, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other educational programs.

How to Apply
BioTech 42 does not require a selection process via application, however, students must register and complete payment for the course in order to participate and receive credit for enrollment.

Grading & Attendance Policies
Biotech 42 is a 5 credit course that is earned from the FAES Graduate School. It is expected that students will make every effort to attend the live online lectures. They will be recorded and made available for viewing 24 hours after the session. Attendance to lab sessions is MANDATORY: Missed laboratory exercises will not be rescheduled and shall result in the deduction of points toward your final grade.

Important Dates
Registration and Fees are accepted on a rolling basis.  Full payment or enrollment in the payment plan must be completed by the start date of the session. If you select the payment plan option, a payment of $1,250.00 is due on December 11th, 2018 and again on December 18th, 2018.  FAES reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, students will be notified and receive a 100% refund of registration fees.

Refund Policy
100% tuition refund or 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled 14 or more days prior to the start of the workshop.
50% tuition refund or 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled between 4 to 13 days prior to the start of the workshop. 
0% refund, 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled 3 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 hours are time marked for the following day.

Suggested Accommodation:
A special rate is available to all BioTech Workshop attendees. This includes complimentary continental breakfast, guest room Wi-Fi and discounted $15 parking per night. Hotel is within walking distance of the training facility   Reservations can be made online, see below. 

DoubleTree by Hilton Bethesda - Washington DC

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