TRAINING WORKSHOP ON BASIC MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TECHNIQUES FOR DNA MANIPULATIONS
Date: April 26 - 30, 2016
Venue: Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Forest Estate, Jericho, Ibadan, Nigeria
Basic techniques in molecular biology, proteomics and tissue culture have become routine tools for performing cutting-edge scientific investigations in many developed countries. Several training platforms, mentoring programmes and funding resources geared towards the development of the next generation of scientists are also available in many of these countries. Unfortunately, the opposite is the case in many developing countries such as Nigeria. Requisite equipment for these techniques are generally lacking in many research and training institutions in Nigeria. To worsen the situation, technical/scientific expertise required for effective utilization are lacking in places where these equipment are available. This situation has not only prevented countries such as Nigeria from engaging in cutting-edge research, but has also hampered the training of upcoming scientists in the region.
Several efforts geared towards the development of biotechnology research in Nigeria are currently being implemented across the country. In addition to the establishment of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) by the Federal Government, several Universities have started incorporating biotechnology/molecular biology into their core disciplines. These efforts further necessitate the need to develop competent scientists and researchers with the capacity for world-class research and training capability. As part of efforts to address this problem, Bioscience Research Education and Advisory Centre (BREAC) partners with the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) to organise a 5-day workshops on basic molecular techniques for cutting edge bioscience research. This workshop is targeted at scientists, postgraduate students and lecturers within the region.
Scope of the training
The workshops will feature lectures and laboratory sessions on:
Health and safety regulations and bioethics
Review of genetics, scope and impact of recombinant DNA Technology
DNA structure, the genetic code and codon translation
Gene expression and regulation
DNA and RNA Isolation
Polymerase chain reaction(PCR) and gene amplification
Agarose gel electrophoresis
Introduction to bioinformatics
Applications of DNA technology in disease detection and drug discovery
Applications of DNA technology in plant improvement
Dr. Opeolu O. Ojo
School of Health, Sport and Bioscience
University of East London
Water Lane, Stratford, E15 4LZ, United Kingdom
Dr. Ojo holds a first degree in Biochemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, an M.Tech in Biochemistry from Federal University of Technology (Now Modibbo Adama University of Technology), Yola and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of Ulster, Coleraine, UK. Dr. Ojo has extensive professional training in bioinformatics and biotechnology, having trained under eminent scientists from all around the world. He also trained as a professional science educator. His career started as a Lecturer in Integrated Science at Federal College of Education, Yola, Nigeria before his employment as the pioneer Scientist in Chevron Biotechnology Centre and a Lecturer in the department of Biotechnology of Federal University of Technology, Yola. He established the B.Tech Biotechnology programme currently running in Federal University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria. He was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship of the University of Ulster, United Kingdom in 2009. He was a Research Scientist in the Centre for Molecular Bioscience, University of Ulster (2009 – 2015) before joining the University of East London. Dr. Ojo has won several prestigious professional awards such as the O’Donovan Medal of the Irish Endocrine Society (2011), the Young Scientist Award of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (2011), the Trainee Award of The Endocrine Society (2012). Recently, he was nominated as an Endocrine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Parliament (House of Commons).
Dr. Ojo has been on the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Biotechnology Society since 2006. He is a chartered scientist, Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, an Associate Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy and a member of several professional bodies. He has authored several book chapters and over 50 scientific publications in proteomics, bioinformatics, drug discovery, diabetes and natural products. Dr. Ojo will anchor the entire training programme, deliver lectures and facilitate the laboratory sessions
How to apply
Course Fees : NGN 60, 000.00 (This covers workshop manual, Course CD, Tea break, Lunch & bag).
All payments should be made into FRIN consult account: FRIN Consultancy Services LTD. Skye Bank: 1771228144
Visit www.frin.gov.ng for further information. There are several affordable hotels in the environs. Participants are advised to make their own accommodation bookings. For further enquiries, call: 08023316888, 080606643392, 08023097782, 08023105695, 08061333216