The Fifth Molecular Methods in Food Microbiology Workshop

  • The Fifth Molecular Methods in Food Microbiology Workshop
  • September 30-October 04, 2013
  • Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas
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    The Fifth Molecular Methods in Food Microbiology Workshop

    The 5th Molecular Methods in Food Microbiology Workshop will be held at Texas Tech University from September 30 through October 4, 2013. The workshop will focus on the use of molecular genetics approaches in food microbiology; antibody-based technologies (e.g., ELISA, etc.) will not covered in depth. This one-week workshop includes a two-day lecture series (unlimited registration) as well as a two-and-a-half-day hands-on laboratory session (registration limited to 30 people).

    The lecture series will provide the fundamental knowledge and core concepts behind molecular methods to detect and characterize food-associated microorganisms along with the detailed understanding required to and accurately interpret results from molecular detection and subtyping assays. The lecture series will also include hands-on activities and case studies.

    The hands-on laboratory session will allow participants to not only become familiar with performing commercial molecular detection and subtyping systems, but also allow them to learn how to interpret and troubleshoot results. The 5th Annual Molecular Methods in Food Microbiology Workshop will include lectures on the fundamentals of molecular biology and microbial taxonomy, as they apply to molecular detection of foodborne pathogens, along with lectures and case-studies on considerations for application of molecular detection methods (e.g., sensitivity/specificity, sampling/enrichment, DNA extraction, troubleshooting, and interpretation of results). In addition, the symposium will contain two hot topic sessions on (i) recent advances in detection of non-O157 shiga toxin encoding Escherichia coli (STEC) and (ii) isothermal and other non-PCR based molecular detection methods. The two-and-a-half day hands-on laboratory session will include the development of a custom conventional PCR assay (i.e., primer design, assay development, and troubleshooting/optimization),16s rDNA sequence-based identification, application and interpretation of select commercially available multiplex real-time PCR assays, application and interpretation of emerging non-PCR based isothermal assays to detect foodborne pathogens. This course is thus appropriate for both, people who have attended our previous workshops and for people who have not previously attended one of our workshops.

    Contact Information

    Kendra Nightingale
    806-742-2805 ext. 244