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Professional Development Workshop: Basic Web Laboratory Techniques for Genomics Research for Penn Faculty
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September 21, 2010, Volume 57, No. 04

The Penn Genome Frontiers Institute (PGFI) is a University-wide institute dedicated to the advancement of the multidisciplinary genome research being conducted at Penn. As part of its mission, PGFI has a strong commitment to genomics education at all levels. PGFI is pleased to offer a free development workshop for Penn faculty for November 2010.

This workshop is aimed at Penn faculty who are interested in molecular biology and genomics, but who do not have the opportunity to learn or use basic wet laboratory techniques as part of their primary research. This 6-day workshop will teach methodologies for isolating genomic DNA from mammalian cells, PCR, restriction enzyme digests, plasmid purification and automated DNA sequencing. The workshop will be taught at a basic level, with no previous laboratory experience required or expected.

PGFI seeks to offer faculty, who do not use molecular biology techniques as part of their primary research, yet whose research might gain from having a basic understanding of general lab techniques, the opportunity to learn more about the bench work involved in genomics. Faculty from any school at Penn are encouraged to apply.

The workshop runs Friday, November 12 through Friday, November 19 (participants attend for all days): Nov. 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m., and Nov. 15-19, noon- 4 p.m. daily. It will be held at the PGFI Educational Facility, 328 Lynch Laboratories, 433 University Ave.

Interested faculty should go to the PGFI Educational Facility page at www.genomics.upenn.edu/education/educational-facility to fill out the online application form by 5 p.m., October 11. Participants will be notified by October 18, 2010. There is no charge to participate.

Any questions about the workshops can be directed to Dr. Adam Peritz, at ef@genomics.upenn.edu or (215) 898-6107.

Almanac - September 21, 2010, Volume 57, No. 04