This course is designed to provide a solid background in the research risks & Biosafety management aspects of modern gene transfer technology. The course emphasizes the practical application of rDNA techniques with clear explanations of lab practices required to reduce or eliminate exposure risks. Design of experimental procedures to ensure safety and standard procedures for handling potential spills and accidents are covered in-depth.
This course is intended for new or entry-level lab personnel who plan to use viral vectors in vitro or in vivo, and who cannot demonstrate significant previous experience and expertise in the necessary aspects of biosafety and regulatory compliance. Training sessions are scheduled quarterly and limited seating is available. The training is provided by the UM Vector Core Laboratory and sanctioned by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Department of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS).