Next Course: “Frontiers in Microbial Biotechnology Research: from metagenomics to structural biology”, September 2023

  • 2023•08•10     Argentina

    We are glad to announce the Course Frontiers in Microbial Biotechnology Research: from Metagenomics to structural biology”.  The event is coordinated by Dr Virginia H. Albarracín, Director CIME and Professor of Molecular Biology Department, Natural Sciences College, UNT, IQUIBICEN-CONICET.

    Six Speakers from different Universities and Institutions —Argentina, Germany, Mexico and Peru — will join the line-up of this course:

    • Dr Lars-Oliver Essen, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.
    • Dr Alfredo J. Ibañez, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru and Institute for Omics Sciences and Applied Biotechnology.
    • Dr Ramon Alberto Batista Garcia, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, México.
    • Dr Ariel Amadio, Universidad Nacional de Rafaela, Argentina, and IDICaL (CONICET-INTA).
    • Dr Alfonso Soler Bistue, IIB-INTECH, CONICET and Universidad Nacional de San Martín.
    • Dr María Eugenia Farias, PUNABIO SAU Corporation
      (USA) and CKAPUR SRL (Argentina).

    The Frontiers in Microbial Biotechnology Research Methods course will cover various topics related to cutting-edge methods currently used in microbial biotechnology research, particularly in omics technologies, bioimaging and structural biology. The course will provide an overview of microbial biotechnology research’s latest advancements and techniques and their potential applications in various fields, including healthcare, agriculture, and environmental science. A balanced approach of lectures and practical sessions will provide general background, the latest advancements in the field, and its relationship with other disciplines. The course will also cover the challenges faced using these approaches in Latinoamerica and how they can be overcome.

    The course is aimed at advanced PhD students and post-doctoral researchers working in microbial biotechnology and wanting to improve their methods towards multi-omics approaches, bioinformatics, bioimaging and structural biology.

    The main aims of the course are:

    1) To provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the latest advances and techniques in microbial biotechnology research, particularly in multi-omics technologies and cutting-edge bioimaging and structural biology methods.

    2) To enhance the students’ theoretical understanding of microbial biotechnology, the training program aims to cover various topics, from discovering novel strains and molecules in unexplored ecosystems to their practical application in various biotechnological processes.

    3) To familiarize participants with the theoretical and practical aspects of metagenomics/omics, including sample collection, DNA extraction, sequencing, data analysis, and interpretation.

    4) To provide participants hands-on experience using bioinformatics tools and databases to analyse metagenomics/genomics data.

    5) To introduce participants to the principles and techniques of structural biology, including X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, and cryoelectron microscopy.

    6) To provide participants with an understanding of the importance of correlative biomaging methodologies for microbiology research.

    7) To provide participants with practical skills for imaging cells and molecules using electron microscopy.

    8) To encourage the participants to pursue further research in microbial biotechnology with practical applications in medicine, agriculture, and the environment.

    9) To promote collaboration and networking among participants and experts in the field.

    10) To foster a culture of scientific excellence and innovation among the participants and inspire them to become future field leaders.

    The Open Call is open to anyone interested.

    Applicants must apply here.

    If you have any questions, please contact us via email: and

    Deadline:  August 15th, 2023

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