Comments from our most recent professional molecular biology workshops (June 2013)
“Excellent workshop! Very good review of the molecular biology techniques. Dave makes the theory very clear and interesting. Also takes time to answer specific questions/issues regarding personal ongoing projects. The workshop will definitely help for future troubleshooting. Thanks!”
Chantale André, Environment Canada
“Fabulous teacher, well organized, gives a good introduction into the field. I enjoyed it! Thanks!”
Michael Fischer, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia.
“I found it to be a nice combination of review and new material. It was well paced, with each day balanced with lecture and hands-on work. Dave does a great job with getting the information across in an easy to understand manner, and was energetic and entertaining to boot.”
Jeremy Johnson, Okanagan Specialty Fruits
“Excellent workshop. Got lots of information. Activities were great. After this workshop, I got a direction for my acquisition of knowledge to proceed in my area of specialization. This workshop has benefited me extremely.”
Poonam Singh, School of Horticulture, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Comments from previous professional molecular biology workshops
“Great Course. Good Introduction to working with DNA, RNA, and protein. Excellent balance of lecture and hands-on exercises (and games too).”
Dr. Kiran Soma, Psychology, University of British Columbia.
“Excellent review of the pertinent techniques. Easy way to conceptualize my readings and correlate with clinical use. Dr. Ng is extremely knowledgable, entertaining, and provides useful tips on how to use techniques in real-life situations.”
Dr, Edward Lum, M.D. Vancouver.
“Overall, the amount of material covered was impressive for the course. The level was very good for both beginners and advanced level students.”
Dr Pavel Gershkovich, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia.
“An excellent review/refresher of techniques. Well taught: interesting, understandable explanations of techniques and theory involved. Very useful, especially detailed workflows, and some discussion of alternative methodologies/reagents.”
Steven McArthur, Microbiology, University of British Columbia.
“I found this course extremely useful, right as I plan to start using these techniques in my own lab. Instruction was great, troubleshooting tips especially.”
Matt Taves, Zoology, University of British Columbia.”
“Awesome! Excellent mix of theory and practice. Dave keeps it interesting, well-paced and fun. Great for people new to molecular biology techniques, or people needing a quick refresher and updating to current methods.”
Dr. Ann Marie Davison, Biology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
“Excellent. Very organized. Nice pace. Able to reach out to both basic and advanced level scientists. Interactive and fun. Didactics was everything. Congrats and many thanks.”
Ariadne Letra, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology, University of Pittsburgh
“In general, this class focused on all the right things: not only how to physically perform the techniques, but also why the techniques (especially useful: the chemicals) were used in the first place. Understanding the use of buffers, reagents, and all the little details makes me believe that I will be able to troubleshoot the inevitable problems we’ll face in the lab.”
Jay Hosking, PhD Graduate student in Neuroscience, University of British Columbia.
“This workshop was great. It goes over the basics as well as more complex theories of molecular biology. The hands on lab work would be great to recent graduates looking to improve their lab skills or anyone who has been out of the loop for a while. Thanks!”
Korri Thorlacius, Biology Lab Instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
“I think this workshop was superb. In the 5 days, Dave took us through a whole range of molecular biology experiments, coupled with a theory backdrop. I really found the lectures very informative, and Dave is an excellent instructor.”
Dr. Bindu Pillai, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Alberta
“I don’t think this much info could be done any better in this timeframe!”
Keith Turner, Program Head, BCIT Biotechnology, British Columbia Institute of Technology
“This is an excellent overview of molecular biology tcehniques aimed at the adult learner. Instructors are very knowledgeable, organized, and patient.”
Adrienne Ettinger, ScD, MPH, Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health.
“Superb! Perfect combination of theory and hands-on practice. Level was just right. Clone Dave.”
Robert Ungar, MD, Los Angeles
“I highly recommend this course to researchers who are aiming to incorporate standard molecular biology techniques into their program. The quality of teaching is very high, and the interaction of lab and lecture material is excellent.”
Dr. Alexander Scott, Cellular and Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia
“Excellent workshop. Very well presented in an informative, engaged and easy to understand manner. I have no background in genetics or molecular techniques, and feel that I have come away with a basic understanding that will greatly help me in my research.”
Dan S. Luciani, Ph.D. Cellular and Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia
“A very well crafted molecular biology workshop. The activities were engaging, the blend of lecture and hands-on molecular biology techniques perfectly balanced. Dave is a very skilled lecturer. Li-Juan (technician) made sure all the prepatory work was completedm allowing me to focus on learning at a fast pace. I learned so much! Thank you.”
Andony Melathopoulos, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada.
“Overall – Excellent! David took care to explain very difficult concepts and fundamental chemical/physical interactions clearly. I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to refresh or learn molecular biology regardless of background.”
Dwayne N. Jackson, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario
“The workshop went far beyond my expectations. I now feel ready to introduce several new techniques to my lab, but beyond that, I will now be better able to teach my class in September. Dave is a fantastic teacher, and I can only hope that some of that will have rubbed off.”
Matt S. Ramer, Asoociate Professor Department of Zoology/Neuroscience, British Columbia Neurotrauma Fund Chair
“Excellent! So easy to follow, even an economist can do it!”
Joseph Jackson, Economist, Network for Open Science Innovation
“Great workshop, very interactive and hands on. Provide a good overview of the major molecular biology techniques. I feel a lot more confident with things like PAGE or PCR now.”
Vincent Tabard-Cossa, Post-Doctorate, Department of Physics.
“This workshop was pretty much a “well-oiled machine.” Despite the massive amount of information contained and the diverse backgrounds of the people taking it, an amazing job of teaching was done.”
(Lily Khadempour – Forintek Canada Corp)
“Thanks for the great job! I would definitely advise other scientists to take this workshop, especially those who want to refresh their molecular biology material, and get a lot of useful and practical information quickly.”
(Joanna Sliwowska – Dept. of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, UBC).
“The course was great and it exceeded my expectations! I liked the mix of lab work, lecture, and I enjoyed the fun activities that were mixed in. I really appreciate the time and effort in designing the course.”
(Robyn Wood – Vancouver Community College).
“Theory was explained very clearly and I appreciated the freedom to ask as many questions as you wanted. I really enjoyed listening to the lectures, since they were interspersed with much humour.”
(Debbie Wong – BC BioLabs).
“Greater than A+! Given a taste of this stuff, now I want more!”
(Victor Viau – Dept. of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, UBC).