This 12-part course provides an introduction to molecular biology and an explanation of molecular diagnostic methods as they are used and encountered in the clinical microbiology laboratory. Participants will learn the basic nucleic acid chemistries and molecular amplification technologies and will gain knowledge of different topics related to molecular diagnostic testing. Specifically, the course will address issues related to starting a molecular diagnostic laboratory; selecting reagents and instruments for nucleic acid isolation, amplification and detection; developing and/or implementing molecular assays; validating and verifying assay performance; performing quality control; and applying molecular tests to the detection of various microbial pathogens of clinical importance. The course will end by highlighting the many technological advances in the field.

For more information,  go the ASM website:   Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Disease Course

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Department of Microbiology

Biomedical Research Building II/III (BRB) Auditorium

April 15, 2011



Daniel Portnoy, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC-Berkeley
“How the innate immune system distringuishes pathogenic from nonpathogenic microbes”

Christian R.H. Raetz, MD, PhD
George Barth Geller Professsor,  Department of Biochemistry,  Duke University
“Discovering Lipids”

Julian E. Davies, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology,  University of British Columbia
“Small is beautiful”

Jeffrey N. Weiser, MD
Professor, Department of Microbiology,  Penn
“Co-Infection Subverts Mucosal Immunity”