Molecular Techniques for Taxonomy: a short course

Learn how to extract DNA from a variety of specimen types and how to analyse data for taxonomic research. The course is designed for environmental taxonomists and PhD students by the Museum's molecular biology experts. 

February 17-21 2014 or March 3-7 2014


Natural History Museum, London.

Note: All 2014 courses are currently full

The course will provide the practical skills, understanding and expertise necessary to obtain DNA from a variety of specimen types and an introduction to analysing molecular data.

The course will cover 

  • Overview of DNA (lecture)
  • Advice on specimen collection and storage (lecture/workshop); 
  • Introduction to laboratory equipment (practical)
  • Method selection (workshop)
  • Following a protocol (workshop)
  • DNA extractions/quantification (practical)
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction and optimisation (practical)
  • Gel electrophoresis (practical)
  • Interpretation of results (practical)
  • Sequencing (theory)

Participants may wish to bring specific specimens they wish to include in the training.

There will be

  • One day of lectures, demonstrations and workshops
  • Four days of practicals

How to apply

Please download and complete the  and return by the closing date, January 10 2014.

The course is available to all environmental sciences students or junior environmental taxonomists.

There are places available on each course and priority will be given to those with NERC funding.

Contact us

For further information about this course please contact:

Alex Aitken
Ms Alex Aitken

Laboratory Manager overseeing the day-to-day running of the DC lab, Alex is responsible for procurement of consumables, inductions, teaching, and expert training in molecular biology techniques.  Alex is the contact for all DC2 user enquiries about training, support and troubleshooting.


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