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Biotechnology and Biomedicine

SPEND THE SUMMER WITH US!

We’re inviting students from our international partners to live and study in Scotland for two weeks in July and August. The Biotechnology and Biomedicine course will be hosted at our Paisley Campus, on the edge of Glasgow.

Dates: Monday 29th July (arrival Sunday 28th July)

Duration: 2 weeks

Campus: Paisley

Study pathway/opportunity for further study: BSc Applied Biomedical Science; BSc Applied Bioscience; BSc Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation; BSc Biomedical Science

Credit bearing: No

Cost: £2100

Included: Accommodation, Tuition, Excursions and Social Activities

Visas: If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you can apply for a short-term study visa. Make sure you check the immigration requirements before applying (visit www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa for more details). You will receive a confirmation of booking and you should carry this confirmation with you when travelling. You can apply for a visa up to three months before your date of travel to the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within three weeks. You will need to attach an offer letter to your visa application. The offer letter is a ‘Booking Complete’ email, which is sent to you once you have booked and made full payment for the Summer School.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Biotechnology and Biomedicine Summer School will supplement existing knowledge of students with valuable practical and applied training, and allow in depth discussions on research with academics who are leading experts in their area. This two-week programme combines lectures with cutting edge research skills and expertise in an ever-growing and increasingly important scientific discipline.  It will prepare candidates for senior years and enhance the appeal of candidates to potential employers and graduate schools.  It will also allow candidates to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing their enthusiasm for biomedicine and biotechnology. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.

The Summer School aims to improve the understanding and practical skills of candidates in biotechnology and biomedicine.  Students will participate in a funded research project to produce therapeutic recombinant proteins with the potential to target specific diseases. 

Students will gain the satisfaction of generating a bioactive protein from first principles. You will be given guidance on giving presentations and preparing scientific posters during the Summer School, and opportunities to develop your communication skills. 

Week 1

Sunday

  • Arrival

Monday

  • Welcome & Induction - 09.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Scottish culture session (All students) - 11.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Cultural Activity

Tuesday

  • Lecture 1 - Introduction biotechnology and biomedicine - 09.00 - 10.30
  • Morning break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Lecture 2 - Biomedicine and pharmaceutical industry in UK - 11.00 - 13.00
  • Laboratory - Tour of research laboratories - 14:00 - 16.30

Wednesday

  • Lecture 3 - Drug target identification and rational drug design - 09.00 - 10.30
  • Morning break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Laboratory - Introduction to Bioinfomatics - gene identification and validation   - 11.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Laboratory - Extraction of genomic DNA for cells - 14:00 - 16.30
  • Optional evening activity

Thursday

  • Lecture 4 - New medicines from fungi and bacteria - 09.00 - 10.30
  • Morning break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Lecture 4 continued - 11.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch -13.00 - 14.00
  • Clinical visit - 14.00 - 16.30

Friday

  • Lecture 5 - Natural product screening for pharmeceuticals - 09.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Lecture 5 continued- 11.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Free afternoon

Saturday

  • Free day or optional excursion

Week 2

Sunday

  • Free day or optional excursion

Monday

  • Scottish culture session (All students) - 09.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Scottish culture session (All students) - 11.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Cultural Activity

Tuesday

  • PCR amplication of gene of interest from genomic DNA - 09.00 - 10.30
  • Morning break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • PCR amplication of gene of interest from genomic DNA - 11.00 - 13.00
  • Resolving PCR product by DNA gel eletrophoresis and cloning to expression vector - 14:00 - 16.30

Wednesday

  • Making bacteria component - 09.00 - 10.30
  • Morning break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Making bacteria component - 11.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Transforming bacteria - 14:00 - 16.30
  • Optional evening activity

Thursday

  • Expression of recombinant protein  - 09.00 - 10.30
  • Morning break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Expression of recombinant protein- 11.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch -13.00 - 14.00
  • Extraction of geonomic DNA for cells - 14.00 - 16.30

Friday

  • Protein and purification - 09.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Expression validation by SDS - PAGE electrophoresis - 11.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Free afternoon
  • Group evening activity (every 2 weeks)

Saturday

  • Departure

HOW TO APPLY

APPLY & PAY

To secure your place on the Biotechnology and Biomedicine Summer School, click on the ‘APPLY & PAY’ link above.

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Last updated: 06/03/2019