Applied Molecular Biology

This course provides an overview of the extensive scope of molecular biology and genetic engineering methods. The students will learn how molecular methods are used for identity analyses and studies of genetic variation and how such methods are used in ecology, evolution and population studies. Also, methods for studying gene expression differentiation as well as traditional and new methods for the isolation and study of genes, will be covered. Students will sequence DNA molecules and use bioinformatics for analysis of these sequences and use relevant databases and software for this. Students will learn how to use these databases to find information about selected genes and molecules. Next generation sequencing techniques will be covered. Laboratory exercises will provide students with detailed knowledge and experience in some of these application areas.