crb803: Molecular Technologies I
(industry-sited, hands-on laboratory course)
Year 1, Fall Semester (2 credits)
Friday afternoons, 1:00pm – 5:00pm (every other week)
Biopharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTCI)
Here students play the role of staff scientists evaluating the technical merits and feasibility of competing molecular technologies.
The innovative curriculum focuses on biotechnology methods and practice, effective written and oral scientific communication, genetic mutation detection and the role of automation in biotechnology.
In hands-on laboratory sessions, you’ll perform nucleic acid purification, quantitation and analysis, and PCR and RT-PC-based analyses.
You’ll enhance your working understanding of molecular biology and biotechnology with training in scientific communication.
You’ll learn how to maintain a laboratory notebook, write strong essays and papers, give effective presentations, write technical protocols, and plan and prepare laboratory meetings and team presentations.
Session Topics from Fall 2021
Session 1: Introduction to MT I, Scientific Conduct, Experimental Design, and Data Analysis; Effective Communication Skills Workshop
Session 2: Mutation Detection Technologies and Nucleic Acid Purification Laboratory, Introduction to PCR, SNPs, and Mutation Detection
Session 3: Nucleic Acid Analysis and Quantitation and Mutation Detection in a Clinical Diagnostic Environment
Session 4: Perform Mutation Detection Assays and Journal Club Presentations
Session 5:Analyze Results of Mutation Detection Technologies; Introduction to PCR, SNP’s; Introduction to Bioinformatics and Big Data
Session 6: Final Team Mutation Detection Technology Presentations
Session 7: Final Course Evaluations for all Courses in the Program; Biotechnology Tours of Illumina and Aldevron