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Lab Fundamentals Bootcamp

BootcampSynberc, in partnership with QB3, offers a five-day Lab Fundamentals Bootcamp each spring for undergraduates participating in summer research projects. The course is a molecular biology experimental primer, covering the basics of microbiology and molecular biology, research methods, safety and human practices, experimental design, and demonstrations of basic techniques likely to be encountered in a molecular biology lab. It is taught by UC Berkeley graduate students and postdocs. There is no charge or credit offered for the course, but participants who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion.

The Bootcamp is open to both Berkeley and non-Berkeley students. First priority is given to students who are referred by a Synberc or QB3 faculty affiliate and have had little or no prior research experience. Students must be available for a full five-day session − late starts and early finishes cannot be accommodated.

Course Objectives

• To teach molecular biology techniques including PCR, gel electrophoresis, restriction digests, and ligation.

• To train students in how to independently culture microbes using sterile technique.

• To give students an understanding of the importance of experimental controls and their impact on the interpretation of results.

• To teach students to use standard software (VectorNTI or APE) to identify restriction sites, plan digests and predict their products, and assemble plasmid maps.

For questions, please contact QB3 representative Sarah Millar.