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For Graduate Students and Postdocs: Professional Development Workshop on Genomic Research
February 2, 2010, Volume 56, No. 20

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 graduate students and postdocs next month. Basic Wet Laboratory Techniques for Genomics Research for UPenn Postdocs and Graduate Students is aimed at postdocs and graduate students 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 six-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 postdocs and graduate students, 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. Postdocs and graduate students from any school at Penn are encouraged to apply.

The workshop will be begin on Friday, March 5, 1-2 p.m., and continue March 8-12, noon-4 p.m. daily; (participants attend for all days) at the PGFI Educational Facility, 328 Lynch Laboratories, 433 University Ave. However, registration is required.

To apply: interested graduate students and postdocs should go to the PGFI Educational Facility page at www.genomics.upenn.edu/facilities/educational-facility to fill out the online application form by 5 p.m., February 10, 2010. Participants will be notified by February 15, 2010. The cost is free. Any questions about the workshops can be directed to Adam Peritz, at ef@genomics.upenn.edu or (215) 898-6107.


Almanac - February 2, 2010, Volume 56, No. 20