Genomics 101

This two-day workshop, taught by Dr. Dave Ng from the Michael Smith Laboratories, includes a mixture of theory and hands-on experience. The course demystifies the terminology as well as the fundamentals of genomics. First offered in June of 2012 and again in November 2012, the course attracted almost 40 participants, including faculty, students and project stakeholders with backgrounds in social sciences, chemistry, biology and other disciplines.

Course Description

On day one, we will go over the basics of DNA, genetic code and phenotype. We will also spend some time looking at molecular biology, the genome, SNPs and SSRs.

Day two will include a look at genotyping, mapping, associations linkages and quantitative trait loci. After which, we will spend a bit of time talking about proteins and metabolites. As much as possible, we will rely on examples from our Genome BC partner projects and the afternoon on day two will be spent exploring what kinds of questions can be asked and answered with this science.

The workshop will include lab time doing a DNA fingerprint/PCR lab and time spent visiting research labs.

Who Should Take This Course?

Any non-genomics researchers participating in an interdisciplinary research project with a genomics component. If you are unsure if Genomics 101 is right for you, please contact us with your questions.

What Past Participants Said

“The course was really well done; well organised and well taught. I got a lot from the experience and hope similar opportunities will arise in the future.” – June 2012 participant
“The workshop was engaging, and Dave is a very effective speaker.” – June 2012 participant
“Plugged a research gap in my science background as the field emerged since I left undergrad.” – June 2012 participant
“I learned more than I expected, which is a testament to Dave’s excellent teaching technique. The science was explained well and common terms I heard of now make sense.” – November 2012 participant


If you are interested in this workshop and would like to be notified when Genomics 101 will be offered in the future, please contact us





Additional Information

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