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Laboratory Skills

Practical laboratory training in molecular biology and protein expression. The vast majority of this two week intensive course consists of hands-on laboratory work, providing the opportunity to learn vital and fundamental laboratory skills. A theoretical background to the techniques is provided through accompanying discussion. The course will provide the opportunity to demonstrate your skill in the laboratory through your own individual lab book write-up. The course will also give an insight into state-of-the-art methodologies used in a broad range of topics and will be informal but intensive with a high level of staffing to encourage interaction.

This course is designed for anyone wanting a basic, hands-on introduction to practical biochemistry and molecular biology techniques including students, new graduates, health professionals and pharmaceutical industry personnel. It is aimed at those with no/little laboratory experience. Delegates need a background in Biological Science.

Week 1

  • fundamentals of lab work
  • purification and analysis of plasmid DNA
  • PCR techniques
  • cloning into an E.coli expression vector
  • site directed mutagenesis

Week 2

  • protein expression in E.coli
  • protein extraction and purification
  • protein analysis & quantification
  • SDS PAGE and western blot analysis
  • confocal and electron microscopy



For further details please contact Denny Croft / Therese Lepicard
Tel: 024 7657 4995

Course Information Leaflet (PDF Document)



TBC (expected to run again in March/April 2017)



Comments from past delegates:

"Very much enjoyed the course. It was well organised and all involved were extremely helpful; definitely got monies worth."

"I was particularly impressed not just by the knowledge of all the staff/helpers but also by their enthusiasm and eagerness to help. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course."