Molecular biology workshop (2012/2013)

Course code
Stefano Capaldi
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Teoria 2 I semestre Stefano Capaldi
Laboratorio 4 I semestre Stefano Capaldi

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
Teoria Friday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall B  
Laboratorio Friday 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM laboratorio Laboratory Laboratorio di Biotecnologie genetiche  

Learning outcomes

The aim of this couse is to provide a description of the basic techniques of recombinant DNA. In particular, the course focuses on the manipulation of nucleic acids, restriction endonuclease digestion, electrophoretic separation of DNA, and cloning. This topics are covered in the theoretical part of the course and in the laboratory as well.


Theoretical part:
Recombinant DNA. Prockaryotic and eukaryotic vectors. Gene cloning. Genomic and cDNA libraries.
Nucleic acid manipulation. Restriction enzyme digestion. Electrophoresis. DNA ligation.
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Applications.
Bacterial coltures. Trasformation of bacteria and eukaryotic cells.
Recombinant protein production from cloned genes.

Plasmid DNA purification
Genomic DNA purification
RNA purification
Electrophoresis and DNA purification from gel
Restriction endonuclease digestion
PCR and ligation
Recombinant protein expression and SDS PAGE and western blot analysis.

Assessment methods and criteria

Practical course report and oral examination