RIT’s CBET to Hold Short Summer Courses in Biotechnology




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Workers in Upstate New York can hone their biotechnology laboratory skills this summer at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Biotechnology Education and Training (CBET).

CBET will offer five comprehensive short courses starting in June that are designed to give entry-level technical workers broad laboratory skills to compete in the biotechnology workforce. Workshop participants will learn a variety of skills, from manipulating DNA to safely working with bacteria and mammalian cells. The nine-week series of classes includes:

  • Basic Laboratory Skills in Bioprocessing Operations
  • Basic Microbiology in Bioprocessing Operations
  • Molecular Biology for Bioprocessing Operations
  • Protein Separation and Analysis for Bioprocessing Operations
  • Mammalian Tissue Culture for Bioprocessing Operations

    “CBET has developed a series of comprehensive short courses to introduce participants to topics and related techniques associated with general laboratory activities and to develop competencies in basic technical skills,” says Roy Snoke, director of CBET. “We believe this is key to workforce development in upstate New York.”

    CBET was launched four years ago when Douglas Merrill, associate dean of the College of Science at RIT, and Gary Skuse, director of bioinformatics at RIT, surveyed the workforce needs of the New York biotech industry. Their report identified the need for workforce training as a critical link to the area’s economic growth.

    Registration fees for classes offered during the summer session will depend on the chosen level of credit per workshop. Participants can opt for no credit or two or three credit hours. Registration deadline is May 15.

    Participants will receive a certificate of completion and attendance at the end of each session.

    For more information, or to register, contact Roy Snoke at 585-475-7902 or Alicia Jones at 585-475-2532.