Virtual Workshop: Foundational Techniques in Biotechnology

Ilyana Sawka/ July 22, 2020

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Foundational Techniques in Biotechnology

This LabXchange workshop will introduce you to foundational lab techniques that are used to create and express recombinant DNA in biotechnology. During this workshop, you will:

  • Deepen your knowledge of the molecular biology principles underlying DNA editing techniques;
  • Hear from scientists in the Harvard community who use these techniques to perform cutting edge research;
  • Demonstrate your understanding of a specific lab technique by creating a pathway on LabXchange that can be shared with peers or students.

The workshop will be conducted over two synchronous, collaborative webinar sessions with independent work before and after each session. You will choose between two topics, Gene Cloning or CRISPR. Participants who complete both sessions and associated assignments will be awarded 10 content area PDPs upon completion of all workshop components. Click “Apply for this workshop” below to submit an application for either workshop.

Whether or not you apply to a workshop, you can register for one or both talks with our guest speakers.

Gene Cloning Workshop

Session 1: July 28th, 1 – 2:30 pm EDT
Guest lecture with Professor Richard Sherwood
Join us for a talk on gene cloning by Richard Sherwood, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Molecular cloning is essential to research in genetics and cell biology. Dr. Sherwood will share how his lab uses molecular cloning to power their work in genetics and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing.

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Session 2: August 6th, 1 – 2 pm EDT
Synchronous workshop session

CRISPR Workshop

Session 1: July 30th, 1 – 2:30 pm EDT
Join us for a talk on CRISPR by Jessica Whited, Assistant Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University. Dr. Whited studies limb regeneration in axolotl salamanders, with the ultimate goal of discovering how to regenerate limbs in patients. Her work involves using Cas9-mediated gene drives to generate axolotls with the desired genetic backgrounds.


Session 2: August 7th, 1 – 2pm EDT
Synchronous workshop session

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