HANDS-ON TRAINING WORKSHOPS ON
APPLIED BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
July 15, 2022
Scope of workshops
Basic techniques in molecular biology, proteomics and tissue culture have become tools used routinely in conducting cutting-edge scientific investigations in several areas of bioscience in many parts of the World. In herbal research and development for instance, molecular biology techniques are now used widely to study therapeutic effects, molecular mechanisms of action and toxicity of herbal preparations. Moreover, these techniques have also been found useful in the diagnosis of diseases affecting medicinal plant species and in developing disease or drought resistant plants or those with improved characteristics.
While several training platforms, mentoring programmes and funding resources geared towards the building of capacity in these techniques are available in many developed countries, the opposite is the case in many West African countries. Key equipment for basic molecular biology techniques are lacking in many research and training institutions across West Africa and where available, technical/scientific expertise required for effective utilization is lacking. This situation has not only prevented countries across West Africa from engaging in cutting-edge research but has also hampered the training of upcoming scientists in the region.
Since 2016, BREAC has been working together with Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife to organize hands-on training workshops that directly address the problem of lack of expertise in molecular biology techniques among research scientists, lecturers and students who are working on medicinal plants across West Africa. Initial series of this workshop featured lectures and laboratory sessions on basic biotechniques and their application to medicinal plant research
The present workshop series will be in two parts. The first workshop will cover basic concepts in modern biotechnology and applied molecular biology. This will be ideal for researchers who wish to introduce biotechniques into their work for the first time. The second workshop will cover advanced topics and focus on building capacity in advanced molecular biology techniques. We will also hold our flagship workshop on the applications fo molecular biology techniques to medicinal plants research. Details of lectures and laboratory activities at these workshops are as follows:
Basic Molecular Biology Workshop
Health and safety regulations and bioethics
Introduction to DNA structure, the genetic code and codon translation
Overview of gene expression and regulation
Polymerase chain reaction(PCR) and gene amplification
Agarose gel electrophoresis
Restriction fragment lenght polymorphism
Advanced Molecular Biology Workshop
Basic principles of cell and tissue culture
Isolation and maintenance of mammalian cells
RNA isolation and cDNA synthesis
Semi-quantitative and real time PCR
Plasmid design and mapping
Plasmid mini prep
Gene cloning and transformation
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Participants will be required to fill an application form, submit a short CV and a statement indicating how the training workshop will benefit their research endeavours/careers. Few travel grants will be made available for international participants who register to attend both the summit and the training workshop.
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