Molecular Biology Short Course

Molecular Biology Short Course

Comprehensive training in the theory and skills of Recombinant DNA Technology is being offered by Micromon at the School of Biomedical Sciences at Monash University.

Where: Microbiology Department, Monash University, Clayton
When:  Sun 30 Nov – Fri 5 Dec, 2014
Cost: $1900 (ex GST) includes lunches, 10 hours lectures, 30 hours prac, course dinner
20% discount for postgraduate students

Experienced lecturers provide the theory while graduate instructors who routinely use the applications and procedures in an active research environment will guide 30 hours of experimental laboratory work and tutorials. Tutor to participant ratio is one to four for all workshop sessions and tutorials. A comprehensive manual with all lecture slides, protocols, procedures and references is provided, together with a disk containing all lecture presentations.

This week-long course, now in its 29th year, is run for participants from all scientific disciplines who have had limited or no previous experience in molecular biology. Entry requirements include a tertiary level qualification in science, medicine or related discipline and/or extensive practical laboratory experience.
Recombinant DNA Techniques Course
Genetic Engineering technologies are at the forefront of biological and medical science.

Examples of some of the Practical lab techniques are:

  • Plasmid DNA preparation, cleavage and litigation
  • Recovering DNA from agarose gels
  • DIG based southern blotting and hybridisation
  • Polyacrylamide electrophoresis and western blotting
  • DNA sequencing and computer aided analysis.

Ten hours theory is supplied by experienced lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Some examples of lectures are:

  • Introduction to DNA and Molecular Biology
  • Gene cloning techniques
  • Genomic library construction
  • Design and use of oligonucleotide primers
  • Real time PCR
  • DNA Sequencing

Micromon will demonstrate their service facilities:

  • Capillary platform DNA sequencing (Applied Biosystems)
  • Oligonucleotide synthesis (Applied Biosystems)
  • Next generation sequencing (Illumina)

For more information go to

micromon.monash.org or email Mark.Cauchi@monash.edu