Teaching and training
The lab team has a comprehensive variety of expertise and we are happy to train people in any of our areas of expertise.
We offer assistance and advice to all staff as well as external enquiries.
To register your interest for any of our courses or training please get in touch.
We are happy to tailor teaching and training to your needs.
We currently run training for:
- undergraduate and post graduate courses
- individual students and researchers (staff and visitors)
- teachers and school children.
Examples of our training include:
- Imperial College Molecular Systematics MSc practicals
- A level days for schools - demonstrations of DNA extraction and analysis.
- School visits to assist with curriculum practical work - on or off-site
- One-to-one training of general techniques and theory to staff and visitors
- In-depth tutoring related to specific specimens on request
- Personal service from the NHM Sequencing Facility for internal and external clients
- Co-supervision of students, under-graduates, MSc, MRes, and PhD students
We also offer guided tours as part of the Museum's Science Uncovered events, every September. For details of this and similar events, please see our visit us page
Feel free to download and use our training documents. If you do, please reference the following in any publication or presentation where it has been used: the named author, Molecular Laboratories, Natural History Museum, London.
- Imperial college molecular systematics MSc practicals PDF (66KB)
- A level days for schools PDF (15KB)
- One to one training of molecular biology techniques PDF (1,258KB)
- Science Uncovered explaining cards PDF (1,097KB)
- DIY DNA extraction from a strawberry (as used in our kids events) PDF (98KB)
These resources do not include health and safety information. Contact your local health and safety representative.
We run the following training:
- Working in science-careers advice for students
- Basic lab introduction
- Using basic lab equipment (including micropipettes)
- Cleaning, decontamination and sterilisation for molecular work
- Risk assessments and COSHH
- Specimen collection and for molecular analysis
- Sample and specimen storage
- Reading and managing a molecular protocol
- Handling specimens and samples
- Practical chemistry for molecular biologists
- Introduction to DNA
- DNA extraction (general or sample specific)
- RNA extraction
- DNA analysis
- DNA clean-up
- PCR set-up and optimisation
- Sanger sequencing
- Next-generation Sequencing and DNA preparation
- Sequence data analysis
- Basic cloning
- Basic plasmid preparation