Summer Undergraduate Program Promotion - Genome Editing Techniques and Applications August 14-25

Aug 14 – 25, 2017



Dear 3rd and 4th Year Undergraduate Students,

How is genome editing changing the landscape of medicine, agriculture and biotechnology?

CRISPR/Cas and genome editing as a whole is a quickly emerging technology which is becoming increasingly indispensable to most research labs around the world. This two-week course will focus on the theoretical and practical application of genome editing to bacteria. It will also explore the larger implications of this emerging technology to more complex organisms such as plants, animals and humans, as well as its implications in biotechnology, agriculture and medicine.

About the course:

The course will focus on developing an understanding of the both the theory behind genome editing as well as its practical applications. The students will be tasked with editing the LacZ gene of E. coli to inactivate it, rendering the bacteria unable to utilize lactose as a carbon source. In collaboration with the instructors, students will design a protocol to clone the CRISPR targeting plasmid and edit the bacteria and carry out their experiment in the wet-lab portion of the course. There will be a strong emphasis on experimental design and critical thinking. Upon successful completion of all course components, students will receive a certificate of completion.

About the Instructors:

Dr. Jason De Melo is a post-doctoral fellow at the University Health Network (UHN) where his current focus is on how the MYC oncogene is post-translationally regulated. During his doctoral studies at McMaster University, Jason, helped run large multi-intuitional undergraduate courses in both biochemistry and nutrition. He completed training in university education and co-authored research on best-practises in student assessment. Jason will be aided by UHN trainees during the instruction of this course with a student: to instructor ratio of 4:1.

For more information and to register please visit the website or contact:

Johanna Ponnuthurai
Coordinator, Office of Research Trainees (ORT)
University Health Network
Rm 13-701, 101 College St.
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7
Tel: 416-634-8775

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