DNA Analysis Methods Track
The power of DNA-based methods influences all fields of Biology, such as medicine, forensics, evolutionary biology, ecology, and species identification. In the laboratories at LHUP, students learn to isolate, quantify, cut, clone, copy, and sequence DNA from bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals.
Examples of student classroom and independent study research projects include identification of new fungi from forests, the evolution of cell-signaling genes, identification of PA crayfishes using DNA barcoding, identification of breeding trout stock, cloning the genes for glowing in the dark from a marine bacterium, the characterization of planarian genes, detection of MRSA bacteria, forensic identification of humans using crime laboratory methods, and identifying white-nose syndrome fungi from environmental samples using qPCR. At LHUP, every student can copy DNA using a forensic/medical-grade PCR thermal cycler, and then genotype or sequence DNA using the ABI 310 Genetic Analyzer, an automated capillary-electrophoresis instrument. With DNA sequences in hand, students can search national DNA databases.
Careers in DNA Analysis Methods:
Our graduates routinely enter graduate programs or go directly to work in medical, research, and forensic laboratories.