This teacher training course was developed in collaboration with SOC, Dr. Adrian Pinto’s lab at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), Dr. Cameron Curry’s lab at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW): Dr. Gabriel Vargas, Ibrahim Zuñiga and Caitlin Carlson. In this course, teachers will learn how to run a bioprospecting research lab at their school. Specifically teachers will:
- isolate bacteria strains (Actinomycetes) from insect samples,
- establish isolate morphologies and other bioassay-determined characteristics,
- co-culture isolates for antimicrobial inhibition against antagonists
- use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and electrophoresis to amplify and separate isolated genetic material by gene length,
- analyze 16S rRNA genetic sequence results to establish likely phylogenetic ancestry using MOLE-BLAST and MEGA, and
- learn how full genetic sequencing and antiSMASH identifies biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) that encode novel pathways for secondary metabolites with potential medical applications.
Teacher Training October 14-17, 2021 (Toms River, NJ: Antibiotic Bioprospecting)
Dates: October 12-15, 2021
Location: Toms River High School, Room B-7, 55 Hyers St, Toms River, NJ 08753
Instructor: Dr. Gabriel Vargas (UW – Madison)
Recommended Hotel for out of town participants (there are many more in the area, particularly on the ocean side (Ortley Beach area):
- 815 Route 37 West,Toms River, NJ 08755
- (732) 341-2400
Class begins August 16th at 9 am. Daily schedule is 9-12, 1-4 pm (except last day, August 19, ends at 3 pm)
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