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ADVANCED BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGIES
TECNOLOGIE BIOLOGICHE AVANZATE

A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Luca Galluzzi to be agreed by email
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language English
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Sanitary Nutritional and Environmental Biology (LM-6)
Curriculum: DIAGNOSTICA MOLECOLARE
Giorno Orario Aula
Giorno Orario Aula

Learning Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide notions of advanced biological technologies for the amplification and characterization of nucleic acids, and for the study of the genomes and transcriptomes, as well as notions concerning the investigation of chromatin, non-coding RNAs and for genome editing. Notions of bioinformatics for the genome analysis and the search of biological databases will also be acquired.

Program

  • Main tools for DNA/protein sequence analysis and for searching biological information in public databases (e.g. BLAST, PubMed, etc.)
  • Techniques for nucleic acid amplification: PCR-based techniques; Non PCR-based techniques 
  • Whole Genome Amplification; Whole Transcriptome Amplification. 
  • Real-time PCR: principles, methods, applications and data analysis.
  • High Resolution Melt (HRM) analysis: principles and examples of applications.
  • Digital PCR: principles and applications for cfDNA analysis and prenatal diagnosis 
  • DNA Microarrays: manufacturing principles; planar microarrays; bead microarrays; applications in transcriptome analysis and in molecular diagnostics (SNP arrays, CGH arrays, arrays for the detection and characterization of microorganisms.
  • Next-generation sequencing technologies based on pyrosequencing, reversible terminators, oligonucleotide ligation detection (SOLiD), hydrogen ion detection (ion torrent). PacBio sequencing.
  • Metagenomics: applications for the analysis of microbial communities.
  • Chip-on-chip: methods and applications to study transcription factors and chromatin organization.
  • RNA interference: techniques to study microRNAs; miRNA-mediated gene silencing
  • Genome engineering through CRISPR/Cas-based methods.
  • Protein arrays: function arrays; detection arrays; reverse phase arrays.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and ability of comprehension. The student must demonstrate the possession of a solid knowledge of basic molecular biology and knowledge of the fundamentals of molecular technologies covered during the course.

Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension The student must also show to be able to apply the acquired knowledge in a research and/or clinical diagnostics or environmental context.

Autonomy of judgement The student will be able to critically evaluate the most appropriate biological technology to gain useful information in different research or diagnostics contexts. 

Communication skills The student must be able to describe the biological technologies listed in the course program using adequate scientific language and referring to concrete examples.

Learning skill. The student will be able to build his own learning path, using learning materials fournished by the teacher or autonomously acquired.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Search for biological information in public databases. 


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Lectures

Attendance

None

Course books
  • Molecular Diagnostics, 2nd Edition 2009 Patrinos, Ansorge. Elsevier academic press. 
  • ppt files and scientific reviews published on international journals will be made available online (moodel platform)
Assessment

Oral examination. During the examination the student must demonstrate: that it has acquired full mastery of the concepts covered during the course; to be able to make logical connections between the techniques learned and their applications; to be able to illustrate the key concepts in a limited time and using appropriate scientific language.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Course books
  • Molecular Diagnostics, 2nd Edition 2009 Patrinos, Ansorge. Elsevier academic press. 
  • ppt files and scientific reviews published on international journals will be made available online (moodel platform)
Assessment

Oral examination. During the examination the student must demonstrate: that it has acquired full mastery of the concepts covered during the course; to be able to make logical connections between the techniques learned and their applications; to be able to illustrate the key concepts in a limited time and using appropriate scientific language.

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