Introduction to molecular lab fundamentals 2024

Are you (or your student) new to molecular lab work? Could you (or they) benefit from an introduction to operating in a genetics lab?

The ANU EcoGenomics Lab (EBL) is offering a (free) 3-day basic introduction course to molecular lab fundamentals for new honours and PhD students (and others) who don’t have a strong genetics/molecular undergrad or background*.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please fill in the Expression of Interest form by 5 April 2024.

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Day 1 (Tue 30 April) 

Introduction to lab operations
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Molarity and how to make a chemical solution
  • Good pipetting practice
  • Introduction to agarose gels
DNA Extraction Method 1: Silica column-based kit

Day 2 (Wed 1 May)

DNA Extraction Method 2: Phenol / Chloroform DNA Quantitation
  • Qubit fluorometer
  • Nanodrop spectrophotometer

Day 3 (Thu 2 May)

PCR Amplification: Master Mixes, enzymes, reactions generally
Run agarose gels:
  • Both DNA extractions and PCRs

*Please note: This introductory course is NOT designed for those students who are doing a predominantly molecular project and have had molecular/genetics lab training at undergrad level, but rather students who have a more ecological/morphological background and are either new to genetics or who have a small genetic component to their project.

We welcome requests for more advanced bespoke experimental and/or training requirements throughout the year. Please contact Niccy Aitken for more information.