Molecular biology: basic terms and techniques

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The Molecular biology: basic terms and techniques course is suitable for scientists who want an update of current molecular biology terms and techniques.

It is also useful for staff who work in managerial, sales and marketing roles but not directly in the laboratory and those working in fields associated with molecular biology.

Course content

This is an introductory course which concentrates on the following three main themes of modern molecular biology:

DNA and Nucleic Acids

  • Basic methods of DNA analysis (including restriction enzymes and gel electrophoresis) Further analysis methods (Southern blots and (PCR)
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction)
  • Concepts of gene probes, hybridisation, gene libraries, cDNA and cloning
  • Sequencing of DNA and its applications e.g. Human Genome

Project Proteins and Protein Structure

  • Basic methods of protein analysis (including SDS-PAGE and 2-D gels)
  • Further analysis methods (Western blotting, immunodetection)
  • Concepts of proteomics and applications of two-dimensional gels
  • Protein discovery and Proteomics

Computer based Bioinformatics

  • Basic introduction to gene and protein databases
  • Use of browsers to access information on DNA and Proteins
  • Searching sequences over the internet
  • Molecular modelling and three-dimensional protein structures
  • Learn: This course aims to enhance your understanding of complex terminology of various molecular biology fields, which will prove useful in the current/future workplace.
  • Course for: The Molecular biology: basic terms and techniques course is suitable for scientists who want an update of current molecular biology terms and techniques. It is also useful for staff who work in managerial, sales and marketing roles but not directly in the laboratory and those working in fields associated with molecular biology

Course fees

Self-funding home students £250 (excluding VAT). This includes light refreshments, buffet-style lunch and course notes.

Teaching methods

Where is the course taught and by whom?

The course is taught by Dr Ralph Rapley. It takes place at the University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield.