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Educator Training

We offer up-to-date teacher training through biology workshops and development for teachers in genetics and biotechnology. With federal and private foundation funding, we offer these free workshops to high school and college educators, especially those in the areas of genetics, biology, genomics, and bioinformatics.

InnovATEBIO National Biotechnology Education Center
Summer 2022 In-person Workshops

Methods in Personal Genetics and DNA Barcoding, DNA Sequencing, PCR, and Taq Supply Chain Production

Dave Micklos, DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY

Join us for a comprehensive introduction to popular experiments in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing developed by the DNA Learning Center (DNALC). Included are three experiments in personal genetics: Alu insertion Polymorphism, Bitter Taste Receptor Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP), and Mitochondrial (Mt) Control Region DNA Sequence Variations. The DNA barcoding experiments uses DNA sequence variation in Mt or chloroplast genes to positively identify plants and animals. The experiments entail the entire data life cycle – including data generation, database searches, and analysis using the DNALC’s bioinformatic tool, DNA Subway. The workshop introduces a new method to produce affordable Taq polymerase and to introduce biotech workforce skills into your classes.

  • June 20–23: DNALC NYC, Brooklyn, NY
  • June 27–30: Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI
  • July 12–15: Pierce College, Los Angeles, CA

Teaching Biotechnology Skills through DNA Metabarcoding Biodiversity Research

Bruce Nash, DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY

Learn how to lead your students in metabarcoding analyses using affordable biochemistry and online tools developed by the DNALC. Next generation sequencing (NGS) provides thousands of DNA barcodes from hundreds of samples containing microbes (microbiomes) or other organisms in the environment (eDNA). DNA metabarcoding draws on techniques from molecular biology and introduces students to massively parallel genome analysis, including NGS quality control and data science, to identify species. Bioinformatic analysis of metabarcoding data are conducted in the DNA Subway Purple Line, a browser-based pipeline incorporating QIIME2, a research-grade metabarcoding platform. Workshop seminars introduce key concepts and emphasize high-value skills aimed at workforce development.

  • July 20–22: DNALC NYC, Brooklyn, NY
  • August 8–10: Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC

Faculty who complete each workshop receive a $500 stipend and will receive year-round mentoring and support as they implement in their classes, including free reagents and DNA sequencing. Faculty are asked to participate in a series of evaluation activities, beginning with workshop evaluation. Faculty who go on to implement in the classroom will also be asked about their experiences and those of their students. Support for travel for participants outside of commuting distance is available.

  • In-person Workshops
  • June 20–23: Brooklyn, NY
  • June 27–30: Lansing, MI
  • July 12–15: Los Angeles, CA
  • July 20–22: Brooklyn, NY
  • August 8–10: Winston-Salem, NC

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PAST EVENT

Barcode Long Island Wet Lab Training Workshop

Election Day: November 2, 2021, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT
Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is offering a one-day, in-person wet lab training workshop on DNA barcoding. High school teachers on Long Island with an interest in implementing authentic research experiences with students through Barcode Long Island (BLI) are welcome to apply for this free workshop. Seating for this workshop is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Participants in this workshop will learn:

  • Introduction to DNA barcoding and biodiversity
  • Sample collection and documentation
  • Chelex DNA extraction
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • Program implementation

A virtual bioinformatics training with DNA Subway will be scheduled for a later date.

*Participants must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated. You will receive a link by email to upload this documentation directly to the DNALC. Masks are required at the DNALC.

*The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE).

  • Free workshop
  • Election Day: November 2, 2021
  • 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Dolan DNA Learning Center
    334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Directions

PAST EVENT

Human Mitochondrial Sequencing
Teacher Professional Development in Genetics and Biotechnology

Election Day: November 2, 2021, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. EDT
Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Human Mitochondrial Sequencing

Comparison of the control region within the human mitochondrial genome reveals that people have distinct patterns of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). These sequence differences, in turn, are the basis for far-ranging investigations on human DNA diversity and the evolution of hominids. In this workshop you will prepare a sample of your own DNA from cells obtained by saline mouthwash, use PCR to amplify a section of your own mitochondrial DNA , and confirm the result with agarose gel electrophoresis. Your DNA will then be sent for sequencing, and results uploaded to the DNALC’s BioServers website. You will learn how to perform bioinformatic analysis of your DNA sequence to explore the theories about how modern humans evolved and how related you are to your “classmates” and people from around the world.

This experiment directly correlates with lab requirements for AP Biology and aligns with the New York State Science Learning Standards, with an emphasis on analyzing and interpreting data, planning and carrying out investigations and the structure and function relationship. Guided by an experienced DNALC educator, training will focus on lab skills, conceptual connections, and classroom implementation.

Teachers should bring laptops for this workshop. One will be provided, if needed.

*Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and CTLE hours.
*Participants must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated. You will receive a link by email to upload this documentation directly to the DNALC. Masks are required at the DNALC.

  • Free workshop
  • Election Day: November 2, 2021
  • 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. EDT
  • Dolan DNA Learning Center
    334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Directions

Sites of Major DNALC Faculty Workshops, 1985-present

This map shows the locations of the DNALC's faculty workshops taught over more than thirty years.

Open the map key map key to show/hide the years in groups of three. Click the check boxes to show or hide the years. Click the dots for information on host institution, year, and instructional level of participating faculty. Map can be opened full screen in a separate browser window by clicking the full screen icon at the upper-right.