August 3, 2009
Spaces currently available for the Pathogen Functional Genomics Resource Center's four day introductory-level training course titled,"Introduction to Microarray Technology" (September 14-17, 2009)
The NIAID sponsored Pathogen Functional Genomics Resource Center at the J. Craig Venter Institute announces that it will conduct a four day course titled, "Introduction to Microarray Technology." The workshop will be held on the JCVI campus on September 14-17, 2009. The course will provide an overview of the two-dye spotted microarray platform. The course is designed for hands on participation and attendees will actively learn to make the most of their microarrays through a combination of wet lab and bioinformatics sessions.
The wet lab portion will be taught by PFGRC staff who are directly involved in microarray production. Participants will be guided through probe preparation and hybridization protocols. The training will also consist of detailed discussions on dye coupling, slide pre-hybridization, hybridization, and scanning techniques. Other topics for discussion will include the importance of assessing source material and probe quality, comparisons of various slide surfaces, and printing techniques.
The bioinformatics portion of the course covers an introduction to the stages of microarray data analysis. Major topics include data management, image analysis, normalization, and data mining. Fundamental data analysis concepts will be taught using a mix of lectures and interactive hands-on sessions. Participants will analyze the microarrays they prepared, using the open-source TM4 software suite while working closely with the software developers. CDs containing microarray data sets and the TM4 suite will be provided.
The course will be provided free of charge. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and lodging. Attendance will be limited to 14 participants. The registration form with instructions is available at:http://www.jcvi.org/cms/fileadmin/site/education/prodev/imt-reg-form.pdf.
This course is best suited to participants who will be involved in microarray wet lab work.