Molecular biology is the study of biology at a molecular level.The area intertwines with mainly genetics and other areas of biology, chemistry and biochemistry. Molecular biology chiefly concerns itself with understanding the interactions between the various systems of a cell, including the inter-relationship of DNA, RNA and protein synthesis and learning how these interactions are regulated.
Researchers in molecular biology use specific techniques native to molecular biology, but predominantly combine these with techniques and ideas from genetics and biochemistry.
This course will focus on selected aspects of molecular biology that provides principles for understanding the structure and functional relationships of molecular biology techniques including DNA manipulation, sequencing, cloning, sub cloning, library construction, screening, RNA isolation and characterization, analysis of expression, cDNA synthesis (RT-PCR) and analysis, microarrays and gene chips, and Real-Time-PCR. Multiple modern day molecular biology techniques in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries will be presented and several examples of molecular applications will be highlighted.
Upon completion of this course, you will have gained an understanding of techniques that are currently being utilized in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. You will be familiar with concepts pertaining to central dogma of molecular biology principles and techniques for understanding various contemporary areas of research and their applications.