Training Courses Offered by the Paleo-DNA Laboratory

PDNA-7001 Virtual DNA Skills Training Course

This is an on-line virtual laboratory-based training course designed to show students the fundamentals of molecular techniques including DNA extraction, amplification (using PCR), sequencing, fragment analysis and interpretation. This 10 week on-line course showcases theory and training in DNA methodologies such as gel and capillary electrophoresis, multiplex PCR, real-time PCR and the use of the ABI 3130xl genetic analyzer and ABI 7000 real time PCR equipment. A Non-Credit Transcript will be issued by Lakehead University and a Certificate of Participation will be issued by the Paleo-DNA Laboratory.

Please click here for Virtual DNA Skills Training Course outline.

For a registration form, please click here. For a price list, please click here. For more information, please contact us at 807-343-8877 or paleodna@lakeheadu.ca.

PDNA-7002 Practical DNA Skills Training Course (sponsored students)

This is an intensive two week hands-on DNA Skills Training Course. Participants will perform the fundamentals of molecular techniques including DNA extraction, amplification (using PCR), sequencing and interpretation on a variety of tissue types. Other techniques covered in the lab sessions include gel and capillary electrophoresis, column chromatography, centrifugation, pipetting, and the use of the ABI 3130xl automated sequencer and ABI 7000 real time PCR equipment. A Non-Credit Transcript will be issued by Lakehead University and a Certificate of Participation will be issued by the Paleo-DNA Laboratory.

Please click here for the Practical DNA Skills Training Course outline.

For a registration form, please click here. For a price list, please click here. For more information, please contact us at 807-343-8877 or paleodna@lakeheadu.ca.

PDNA-7003 Practical DNA Skills Training Course (public)

This is an intensive two week hands-on DNA Skills Training Course. Participants will perform the fundamentals of molecular techniques including DNA extraction, amplification (using PCR), sequencing and interpretation on a variety of tissue types. Other techniques covered in the lab sessions include gel and capillary electrophoresis, column chromatography, centrifugation, pipetting, and the use of the ABI 3130xl automated sequencer and ABI 7000 real time PCR equipment. A Non-Credit Transcript will be issued by Lakehead University and a Certificate of Participation will be issued by the Paleo-DNA Laboratory.

Please click here for the Practical DNA Skills Training Course outline.

Tentative 2020 dates for PDNA-7003:

April 14 - 24, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19

May 5 - 15, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19

May 26 - June 5, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19 

June 15 - 25, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19 

July 6 - 16, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19 

For a registration form, please click here. For a price list, please click here. For more information, please contact us at 807-343-8877 or paleodna@lakeheadu.ca.

We can change the dates of the PDNA-7003 Training Course to suit your schedule, contact us for more details!

Students joining us from outside the city may wish to check out the following links for accommodations:

Lakehead University Conference Services

Thunder Bay Hostels

If you are looking for a good textbook to purchase before attending the Practical DNA Training Program, here is one we recommend:

An Introduction to Forensic Genetics by William Goodwin, Adrian Linacre, Sibte Hadi, published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Please click here to read testimonials from recent students of the Practical DNA Training Program.

Ancient DNA Services

Let us analyze your ancient or degraded biological samples. The Paleo-DNA Laboratory has methods specifically designed and optimized to handle the presence of inhibitors and highly degraded and fragmented DNA. Our staff has extensive experience dealing with the challenges of analyzing ancient or highly degraded DNA.

For more information please contact us at 807-343-8877 or paleodna@lakeheadu.ca.