NIMR Holds Molecular Biology Workshop

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The 7th Annual Molecular Biology hands-on-training workshop of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department of Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) will hold from August 7th to 11th at the NIMR Conference room, Yaba, Lagos.

The five-day conference with the theme, ‘Protein Expression’ will focus on current methods in Molecular Biology, Ethical issues of challenges in Genetic Research, Molecular Evolution of viruses of Public Health Importance: from Genomics to Proteomics, Introduction and Principles of SDS-PAGE and Basic Protein Interaction Techniques. A release signed by the workshop Coordinator, Mrs. Stella Smith, stated that there will also be practical sessions on PCR, SDS-PAGE and Western Blotting.

The Molecular Biology hands-on-training workshop started in 2009 with the theme ‘Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: Roadmap to Specific Diagnosis.’ The idea of MBBT hands-on-training workshop was first muted informally in 2007/2008. In 2009, a total of 48 participants were in attendance with 2010, recording 40 participants. In 2011 and 2012, 12 and 14 participants respectively attended the workshop. In 2013, a total of 36 participants were in attendance and in 2014, 16 participants were in attendance. Over the years a total of 166 participants have attended the hands-on-training workshop that had its spread across the six geopolitical zones. The first two years witnessed Guest speaker such as Prof. Bamidele Solomon (former DG, NABDA) and Dr. Ejifome (former member of NIMR Board) who chaired the workshop opening ceremony.