Presenters : Thomas Tubon, PhD, Madison College, Sandra Porter, PhD, Digital World Biology and Bio-Link
Together CRISPR and Cas provide bacteria with an adaptive immune system that allows them to identify and defend against new viral invaders. While characterizing the basic biology of this system, researchers discovered that the Cas9 protein could be harnessed to engineer genomic DNA. In this session, we will discuss the basic biology of the CRISPR / Cas system and discuss how researchers are using this system in new ways to engineer living things.
We also explored molecular models of Cas proteins ... Read more
Presenter : Sandra Porter, PhD, Digital World Biology LLC , and Bio-Link
This will be a hands on workshop where participants will have the opportunity to use bioinformatics tools to look for and evaluate drugs to treat Zika virus. We will use BLAST, multiple alignments, and molecular modeling to identify potential drugs and determine if they might work. The example below shows Sofosbuvir bound to the RNA polymerase from Hepatitis C virus.
Did you miss Bio-Link's webinar on April 1st, 2016? You can still catch the recorded the presentation. Webinar Slides Link: http://www.matecnetworks.org/webinars/pdf/Biolink_%20April_1_webinar.pdf Read more
This second Bio-Link webinar focuses on Bio-Link's popular website: Biotech-Careers.org(link is external)
The biotech industry has been growing faster than other areas of the US economy. Biotech positions offer good salaries and benefits, interesting work, and opportunities for advancement. Nevertheless, many biotechnology education programs struggle with student recruitment. Two contributing factors are the lack of knowledge among high school teachers and students concerning jobs in biotechnology and the misconception that all STEM careers require an advanced degree. This webinar will showcase Bio-Link’s interactive career website that addresses misconceptions and informs students about the many ... Read more
The Department of Labor is funding twelve Bio-Link programs to work together on identifying core competencies for biotechnicians.
Presented by : Dr. Jeanette Mowery, Madison College, and Dr. Linnea Fletcher, Austin Community College
WHAT ARE THESE STANDARDS? - Jeanette Mowery
There have been many efforts over the years to determine what biotechnology technicians must know to be successful in their jobs. These have been published in regional and national skill standards documents that can be accessed through the Bio-Link Clearinghouse. The current effort focuses on the identification of skills ... Read more
How can you engage members of your industry advisory board as partners in your students' success?
Dr. Josephine Pino describes a strategy that has worked well for Portland Community College.
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This article from the Portland Tribune describes the positive results: Bioscience industry builds a course's DNA
Presenter: Duncan McBride, PhD, National Science Foundation
Dr. McBride spoke about the NSF's interest in funding biotechnology projects and regional centers and the elements of a good proposal.