Methods in Molecular Genetics

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  • price

    500 eur

  • Credit

    2 ECTS

  • time

    2 weeks

  • Language


Field of study Life Sciences
Duration 2 weeks (90 hours)
Dates 15–26 July 2019
Credits 2 ECTS
Course Leader


Jana Radzijevskaja is professor at the Department of Biology at Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Natural Sciences and senior scientist at the Centre of Environmental research.

Her research interests include molecular ecology, genes, ecosystems and risk of infection. She also studies vector-borne diseases and vectors: molecular identification and characterization of vectors and vector-borne pathogens such as tick-borne encephalitis virus, borrelia, anaplasma, rickettsia, bartonella bacteria, babesia parasites, filaroid nematodes and investigation of their prevalence in vectors and in host animals, investigation of host-parasites relationships. Jana Radzijevskaja is interested in molecular diagnosis of vector-borne diseases in wild animals, dogs and cats. Population genetic studies of various animal species based on nuclear and mitochondrial genome markers are in her field of interest.

Prof. dr. Jana Radzijevskaja takes an active part in research projects in Lithuania as well as abroad.

Maximum number of students 10
Target Group Bachelor level, Master level and PhD students, researchers and university teachers from areas of biology, bioinformatics, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, biotechnology, bioengineering, biophysics, health sciences.
Entry requirements


Basic knowledge of genetics.
Short description This course is a comprehensive overview of key techniques in molecular biology mostly related to DNA analysis. The course covers the techniques of DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, PCR and restriction digestion. Upon completion of this course, the trainee would be able to extract genomic DNA from animal cells, perform agarose gel electrophoresis to analyse the DNA profile; amplify specific fragments of DNA using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique; perform restriction digestion experiments and visualise data obtained. School consists of lectures, practical exercises in laboratories and case studies seminars.
Aim To cover the underlying principles and critical aspects of DNA analysis methodology and interpretation.
Learning outcomes By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of DNA analysis with significant hands-on experience;
  • Work and properly interpret DNA analysis results
Programme Structure Topics:

  • basic genetics knowledge
  • DNA extraction
  • gel electrophoresis
  • polymerase chain reaction
  • restriction digestion
  • data visualisation and interpretation

FROM MAY 1st: 550

(includes tuition, teaching material, social programme, trips, excursions, refreshments provided during the cultural evening and opening/closing ceremonies).