Molecular Biology / Genomics
Different modules of molecular biology / genomics are designed to allow the participants to gain in-depth knowledge in molecular biology techniques at different applications including mutation detection, monitoring patient response to drugs, studying the effect of newly discovered drugs at the gene level, plant growth and tolerance, pathogens detection, DNA fingerprinting, infertility and in vitro fertilization, and finally the discovery of whole genomes.
This module focuses on human chromosome structure, methodology, and techniques for the visualization of chromosome aberrations. Also, methods used to identify and analyze individual cytogenetic alterations: banding and nomenclature of banding, Pathology of human chromosomes: nomenclature of aberrant karyotypes; Common syndromes due to numerical chromosome changes; Common syndromes due to structural alterations translocations, duplications, deletions, microdeletion, fragile sites; Common chromosome abnormalities in cancer. Practical work includes cell culture and chromosome preparation, hands on karyotyping of human chromosomes and Fluorescent in situ hybridization - FISH assay
This module consists of two parts, the first part focuses on clinical microbiology to allow the participants to be able to collect different clinical microbiology samples correctly, list the criteria for accession and rejection of each specimen, examine clinical samples both macroscopically and microscopically, list different microbiologic media, process different microbiological samples, identify most common bacteria in clinical samples. The second part focuses on fungal biotechology by providing the participants with an understanding of the role of fungi in many industrial processes including the production of antibiotics, enzymes , ..etc.
This module allows the participants to become familiar with a variety of currently available genomic and proteomic databases, to be able to search and retrieve information from these databases , and to analyze and interpret their search results using software available on the internet. Furthermore, the applicants will be able to locate consensus sequences, genes and open reading frames within biological sequences.
As nanobiotechnology implementation is vastly promising, and the increase of nanobiotechnological-based research will provide new scientific innovations and discoveries, solutions to existing real-world problems, and economical contributions to the communities, we designed new module focusing on the use of biotechnology on a nanoscale / the use of both inorganic and organic engineering to address complicated biological problems.
Upon successful completion of this module, the participants will understand how to use the integration of nanomaterials with biology has led to the development of diagnostic devices, analytical tools, therapy, and drug-delivery vehicles in bionanotechnology research.
Over the past few decades, major advances in the field of tissue culture technology, have led to enrich the biological information generated by researchers. Tissue culture techniques are most likely to become the core of modern research in countless fields of study.
This module includes theory as well as hands‐on lab exercises and hands‐on experiments theory sessions and covers the basics and the recent applications of tissue culture in research and toxicology.
Lab work includes media preparation, cryopreservation, cell counting and viability determination, subculture of cell lines and cytotoxicity test.