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BIOL 003 | Methods in Molecular Biology

November 17, 2020 to November 20, 2020

NIH Campus- Bethesda, Maryland

Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is one week before the first day of the course.  If you are unable to register before the deadline, please email: registrar@faes.org or call 301-496-7977 for space availability. 

NIH Fellows or NIH community members being sponsored by their lab and awaiting payment authorization can tentatively hold a seat using the “Reserve A Seat” option. FAES must receive payment within 7 business days after reserving a seat or 3 business days before the start of the workshop, which ever comes first. If payment is not received in this time frame, your reservation will be canceled.

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Workshops generally run from 9:00am - 5:00pm.​

This four-day lecture and hands-on laboratory course is designed to provide a novice in laboratory techniques with an introduction to the molecular biology and related laboratory procedures which are widely used in biotechnology. The participants in this workshop will acquire skill in the use of "generic" methods, and through an understanding of such methods, improve their effectiveness as workers in a contemporary research laboratory.

Lecture Topics
Basics of mammalian & bacterial cell culture and cell maintenance. Types of cell lines, differences between cell line and primary culture; Introduction to Nucleic Acids; DNA and RNA extraction and Purification. Methods to quantify and analyze DNA and RNA.  Protein Purification & Analysis; Basics of genetic engineering: Restriction Enzymes and Restriction Mapping; Other Pertinent Enzymes; Cloning expression vectors; Principles, Theory, and Optimization of Polymerase Chain Reaction and its variations.

Laboratory Topics
Lab basics: Pipetting; Cell culture techniques; primer design, mapping and molecular cloning; restriction enzyme digestion of recombinant plasmid and ligation; Nucleic Acids isolation, purification, and quantification; bacterial transformation; PCR; SDS-PAGE and Western blot; Bioinformatics tools.

Pre-requisite
While the course is designed for participants with limited lab experience, it is recommended that the participants have taken an introductory college level biology course with molecular and cellular biology components. BIOL 042 | Bio-Techniques is more suited for those with limited knowledge in molecular and cellular biology.

Credit
Although no grades are given for Workshops, each participant will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours. Upon completion of this 4-day program, each participant will receive 2.8 CEUs. Upon completion of each workshop, a certificate is issued.

Training Rate
$1,199.00
Discounted Training Rates
$695.00 - NIH Trainees (Fellows, PostDocs, PostBacs working at the NIH Campus)
$895.00 - NIH Community (Working, Appointed, or Assigned to the NIH Campus)
$999.00 - Academia, US Government, US Military 

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

Notification
All cancellations must be received in writing via email to Ms. Carline Coote at registration@faes.org.
Cancellations received after hours are time marked for the following day. 
All refund payments will be processed by the start of the initial workshop.

Suggested Lodging Accommodations
The Bethesdan by Hilton Hotel (formerly DoubleTree Bethesda)
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
+1-301-652-2000

  • Reservations 
    A special seasonal rate plus 13% tax for all workshop attendees is available at The Bethesdan by Hilton Hotel.  The rate includes complimentary in-room WiFi, breakfast buffet, $15 discounted overnight parking, and complimentary shuttle to and from the NIH campus.
    A credit card will be required to book the reservation. Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival to avoid a no-show charge. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; check-out is 12:00 p.m.

Book Online: The Bethesdan by Hilton
or Call: 1-844-382-7378 and ask for "FAES Rate"

  • Location and Transportation 
    The Bethesdan is located within walking distance (0.8 miles) from the NIH main campus. Please inquire with the hotel directly regarding their shuttle schedule to/from the campus and other hotel amenities. The nearest Metro subway stops to the hotel are the Bethesda station (1 mile South of The Bethesdan) and Medical Center station (1 mile North of The Bethesdan), both on the Red line.

Access to the NIH Campus
All NIH visitors must enter through the Visitor’s Gateway Center (Bldg. 66) located at 9000 Rockville Pike-Rt. 355/Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD. Taxi, bus, personal auto, and Uber/Lyft drop-off as well as the Medical Center (Red line) Metro subway station, a visitor’s parking garage (MLP-11), and access to the NIH campus shuttles are all located at this facility. Parking at the MLP-11 visitor’s garage is $12/day. 

NIH Security Screening
Please arrive early at the Visitor’s Gateway to allow for security screening which could take 10 to 30 minutes depending on the volume of campus visitors. You MUST show a valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license or passport). Please visit the NIH website for helpful Visitor Information as well as directions, maps, campus shuttle schedules, and security screening information.

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