The training course runs for four weeks and includes 20 days (140 hours) of instruction and supervised work. It operates during standard work hours Monday to Friday from 9AM to 5PM EST.
Trainees receive full-time instruction by a team of BIO-CBG research staff – read more about them here. Each trainee will receive substantial one-on-one instruction. In the second half of the program, following training in sequence assembly and editing along with data analysis, trainees are expected to work independently on their own data, with instructors being available on an as-needed basis. CCDB and Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) staff are also available to meet with trainees to discuss specific topics in more depth, e.g., primer design, quality control, and next-generation sequencing.
Program participants receive a certificate at the end of the four weeks indicating successful completion of the research training course in DNA barcoding techniques and methodologies.
Analyzing your specimens
If feasible, training course participants are encouraged to bring their own specimens for processing during the training. Any such transactions must comply with all applicable regulations.
Meeting your research targets
The instructors of the training program are committed to meeting your research targets, whether you are exploring the barcoding protocols for a specific group of organisms or gaining general knowledge to discover new barcoding applications. Describing your expectations in your application will help us achieve these targets by tailoring the course schedule and planning meetings with the appropriate experts.