BLACKSBURG, March 4, 2015 – The Biotechnology Educators Conference will take place at Virginia Tech on July 29-31. A joint effort between Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Fralin Life Science Institute, this exciting and informative conference allows biotechnology educators--specifically high school and community college educators--exclusive hands-on workshops on topics ranging from next-generation sequencing to running DNA-based classroom activities. See the Biotechnology Educators Conference site for more information.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to educators who may be seeking more ways of incorporating biotechnology into their classrooms. This conference offers them a hands-on chance to do just that,” said Kristy Collins, Education Manager.

There will be a pre-conference Biotech Bootcamp on Wednesday, July 29, for educators who are new to teaching biotechnology. Bootcamp instructor Kristi DeCourcy, Senior Research Associate at Fralin Life Science Institute, said, “The Bootcamp is a great opportunity for teachers who are just entering this area to learn the basics of electrophoresis, pipetting, and more. This will be an ideal lead-in to the many activities offered on the following two days of the conference.”

A variety of workshops on topics including computational biology, next-generation sequencing, and protein visualization software, among others, will be available. Representatives from Illumina, Digital World Biology LLC, Bio-Link, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Edvotek, Inc., and FOTODYNE Incorporated will also give talks and be present at a vendor show. Session talks by renowned Virginia Tech scientists will round out the conference.

March 04, 2015