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Weekend Workshops in Biotechnology

Weekend Workshops in Biotechnology

Faculty from the Department of Bioscience Technologies present Weekend Workshops in Biotechnology, offering participants a foundation in biotechnology and featuring hands-on activities that can be implemented in the workplace.

Start with a two-day workshop – Introduction to Biotechnology I and II – offered on campus in Center City Philadelphia on two Saturdays: June 29 and July 13. These full-day (8 hours) workshops highlight DNA-based technologies and include lectures, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

After completing the two introductory workshops, choose from a variety of advanced courses in specialized areas, offered throughout the summer.

Weekend Workshops in Biotechnology

The complete workshop listing includes:

  1. Introduction to Biotechnology I
  2. Introduction to Biotechnology II
  3. Implementing Biotechnology in the Classroom
  4. Molecular Diagnostics I
  5. Molecular Diagnostics II
  6. Recent Advances in Immunology
  7. Agricultural Biotechnology
  8. Protein Science
Weekend Workshops in Biotechnology

Who should attend?

  • Laboratory professionals who are preparing for the ASCP molecular biology certification exam. Learn the latest information from faculty with experience in the field. Complete the Molecular Diagnostics series (sessions 1, 2, 6, 8) as a starting point for ASCP(MB) certification exam preparation. Participants will be invited to a ASCP(MB) certification exam review/information session at TJU.
  • High school teachers who want to bring the latest biotechnology skills into the classroom. Complete the Biotech Educators series (sessions 1, 2, 3) and enjoy access to follow-up support programs.
  • Individuals considering a Jefferson Bioscience Technologies degree or certificate. Gain a foundation for any program in the department. Get a taste of the material, the facilities and the faculty before starting your program.


  • Esther Biswas-Fiss, PhD, ASCP(MB)
    Associate Professor and Program Director in Biotechnology for the Department of Bioscience Technologies
  • Dawn Curran, CT(ASCP), PBT(ASCP)
Weekend Workshops in Biotechnology

Through a blend of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on activities participants will obtain an introduction to the latest biotechnology skills, including:

  • DNA structure and replication
  • Isolation and analysis of DNA
  • Molecular biology of gene cloning and restriction enzymes in recombinant DNA technology
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) theory and practice
  • Transformation of E. coli and current commercial and biomedical applications of biotechnology

All workshop participants will leave Thomas Jefferson University’s state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities well prepared to implement these techniques in their laboratories and classrooms. 


Tuition for the two-day introductory workshop is $450. Advanced workshops are $225 each. (Completion of the intro workshops is required before taking advanced workshops.) Tuition includes a binder of all presentation materials (printed in color), protocols, required reference materials, and lunch. No additional books are needed. Alumni of Thomas Jefferson University or affiliates receive a 20% discount.

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The workshops will be held in the laboratory space of the Department of Bioscience Technologies, Jefferson School of Health Professions, at Thomas Jefferson University. Jefferson's 13-acre campus is ideally located in Center City Philadelphia. It is within walking distance of some of our nation’s greatest historical treasures, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. On the other side of town, you will find famous Boathouse Row and renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art. The streets in between are filled with boutiques and national retailers.

There are several hotels within walking distance of campus.