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BCTC Hosts KBRIN Biomedical Research Workshop

Published on Jul 19, 2019

students in the Summer KBRIN Biomedical Research Workshop 2019

This week, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), in collaboration with University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, hosted the Next Generation DNA Sequencing Workshop sponsored by Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN), a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded organization.

“BCTC and our incredible faculty and staff were pleased to host this important workshop on our campus this week,” said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, president of BCTC. “We are committed to utilizing our facilities for instruction of students, and those exploring cutting-edge scientific studies and research.”

Thirty-eight faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Louisville, Kentucky State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, Gluck Equine Research Center, Northern Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College participated. This is the third year BCTC has hosted this event on the Newtown Campus in Lexington.

Attendees applied to participate in this workshop which included lectures on the history, principles and key concepts of DNA sequencing, sequence data file formats and processing, sequence analysis and comparison, gene-finding and metagenomics. Lectures were followed by wet lab activities where participants learned to prepare DNA samples and sequence using BCTC instrumentation in the biotechnology laboratory in the Science Education Center.

Participants ranged from students who are not experienced in the field to scientists who will use what they learn this week on the job.

Find out more about biotechnology at BCTC by following this link, or contact Deborah Davis at deborah.davis@kctcs.edu.

To apply to BCTC, visit the admissions page at bluegrass.kctcs.edu. Fall classes begin August 19.