Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Engineering Biology through Molecular Microbial Ecology

This course is no longer delivered.

This course gets the latest generation of tools in molecular microbial ecology into the hands of engineers.

Molecular microbial ecology has the power to revolutionise our ability to monitor and design microbial methods and biological engineered systems such as water and wastewater treatment or soil bioremediation. Moreover, the costs of the associated sequencing technology are dropping exponentially.

This course gives you an understanding of how the tools work, their advantages and disadvantages, and, crucially, how they can be used in design and monitoring. You'll get hands-on experience with classical molecular methods such as fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH), quantitative polymerase chain reaction (QPCR), and next generation sequencing technologies (454 sequencing), including crucial data denoising and analysis.

Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Engineering Biology through Molecular Microbial Ecology accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Objectives and Outline

Engineering Biology through Molecular Microbial Ecology

Course Objectives

By the time you've finished this course, you'll be able to:

  • understand the conceptual background and basis for the tools and their applications in engineered biological systems for monitoring and design, whether they're based in monitoring or design
  • quantify specific microbial communities in treatment plants using FISH or QPCR
  • extract nucleic acid and despatch for 454 sequencing
  • retrieve, denoise, and analyse the results
  • relate the results to operation and design based ecological theory

Course Outline

  • Core concepts: ecology phylogeny, biochemical tools.
  • Core technologies: FISH, DGGE, QPCR, 454 sequencing.
  • Wet Lab session: FISH, DGGE, QPCR, 454 sequencing.
  • Data Analysis: 454 denoising, bionumerics, relevant statistics.
  • Application: trouble shooting.
  • Application: ecological theory and design.
Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Engineering Biology through Molecular Microbial Ecology accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Please submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Further Information

Engineering Biology through Molecular Microbial Ecology

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8109) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Presenters

Engineering Biology through Molecular Microbial Ecology

Presenters

Newcastle University
  • Dr Russell Davenport (Course Leader)
  • Prof Tom Curtis
  • Prof David Graham
  • Dr Neil Gray
  • Dr Matthew Wade

Fees

Engineering Biology through Molecular Microbial Ecology

Fees

  • Engineering Biology through Molecular Microbial Ecology
    • £1325

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).