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 March 25-28, 2021 (Minneapolis, MN: Antibiotic Bioprospecting)

  • Dates: March 25-28, 2021

    Location: Knox Landing Community Center, 8100 Knox Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN

    Instructors: Ibrahim Zuñiga and Caitlin Carlson (UW – Madison)

    Recommended Hotel for out of town participants:

    • Home2 Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Bloomington
    • 2270 W 80th 1/2 St, Bloomington, MN 55431•(952) 888-2282

    Class begins March 25th at 9 am. Daily schedule is 9-12, 1-5 pm (except last day, March 28, ends at 3 pm)

  • Please feel free to pay with a check.

    1. Please complete this registration by clicking the orange "Add to Cart" and later the orange "Checkout" button.
    2. When you reach the payment stage, there will be an option to select "Manual Payment".
    3. You will be provided with this mailing address:
      • Seeds of Change
      • 1680 Shadywood Rd,
      • Wayzata, MN 55391