Molecular Biology Summer Workshops

Course Summary

 

We are pleased to announce the 31st annual New England Biolabs Molecular Biology Summer Workshops held at the Ford Hall, 100 Green Street, Smith College, Northampton, MA, 01063 USA. Well over 3000 research scientists have attended this intensive program in the past twenty-nine years.

INTENSIVE BENCH EXPERIENCE: These intensive two week courses emphasize hands-on molecular biology laboratory work. About eight hours each day will be spent working at the bench. All the research is hands-on; there are no demonstrations.

EXPERIMENTS WILL INCLUDE: Simple microarray analysis, RNAi, Construction and screening of a genomic library, PCR, RT-PCR, PCR subcloning, purification of DNA and RNA, restriction enzyme digestion, gel electrophoresis, construction of recombinant DNA molecules, cloning in plasmid and phage vectors, cloning strategies, bacterial transformation, methods for labeling DNA, DNA sequencing, protein expression, bioinformatics, etc. All of these techniques are woven into a cohesive research project carried out by each participant during the two week session. Lectures and discussion sessions will deal with all of the above topics and the application of these methods in molecular biology research. For more information on specific laboratory experiments in the one week course see "List of Lecture Topics and Laboratory Experiments."

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY IS REQUIRED OR EXPECTED: Forty-eight participants will be selected from a variety of disciplines and academic backgrounds. Last year's participants included: Medical doctors, sales associates, equipment engineers, principal investigators, directors of programs, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research assistants. Their fields of research included various disciplines of medicine, biochemistry, ecology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, plant biology, genetics, physiology, and others. They came from large universities, small colleges, medical schools, hospitals, industry and private foundations. 75% came from the USA and 25% from overseas. With 8 instructors and staff, the student to staff ratio is 6:1.

REGISTRATION FEE: $4300 per participant. Fee includes lab manual, use of all equipment and supplies, room and board (all rooms are singles), use of the libraries, campus athletic facilities, and computer facilities (no analog phone lines are available for computer hook up in the rooms, however, Ethernet is available. Be sure to have an Ethernet card!).

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW!  
Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply now!

Please note that we will continue to accept applications until the course is full. After all sessions are filled applications will still be accepted for the waitlist.

Apply online! Click here to access the online application form.

WHEN:

  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 -- Saturday, August 6, 2016.

WHERE:

Ford Hall
100 Green Street
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

FACULTY:

  • Dr. Steven A. Williams
Department of Biological Sciences
Smith College
Northampton, MA
Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Dr. Barton E. Slatko/Andy Gardner
Senior Research Scientist
DNA Sequencing Group,
New England Biolabs, Inc.
Ipswich, MA
  • Dr. Lori Saunders (Lecturer/Laboratory Director)
Department of Biological Sciences
Smith College
Northampton, MA

    COURSE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:
    Department of Biological Sciences
    Smith College

    TO APPLY:   Apply online or mail your application to:

    Molecular Biology Summer Workshops
    c/o Dr. Steven A. Williams
    Ford Hall
    Smith College
    100 Green Street
    Northampton, MA 01063
     
     
    Online applications are prefered. To apply on line click here.
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