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UNC Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences Molecular Training Facility Fall Workshop: Nov. 3-8

Nov. 3-8, 2013 — UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, 3431 Arendell Street, Morehead City

This UNC-CH IMS Molecular Training Facility Fall Workshop will train the water quality professional to proficiently conduct QPCR analyses for monitoring of recreational waters. The participant will conduct hands-on learning of the following:

  • QPCR Theory and Application
  • Conducting QPCR to Fulfill MIQE Guidelines
  • QA/QC Procedures for Successful QPCR
  • QPCR Proficiency Testing
  • Analysis of water samples using the USEPA recommended method for QPCR-based rapid quantification of Enterococci in recreational water
  • Analysis of water samples using QPCR-based rapid quantification of Enterococci and E. coli for recreational waters using method variations
  • Real world sample processing and analysis from sample collection to result, for rapid methods
  • Critical issues related to sample processing and DNA purification
  • Identification and troubleshooting of inhibition of QPCR
  • Analyzing data and reporting results for QPCR


The workshop will also feature:

  • A one-day QPCR "Boot Camp" intended for the novice to learn proper pipetting and molecular QA/QC skills prior to the start of the workshop
  • Training on a range of available QPCR platforms, and exposure to the newest in technology for sample processing, purification, assay user-friendliness, and laboratory convenience
  • USEPA contributed lectures and interaction on the successful implementation of rapid methods at your beaches
  • Information on side by side comparisons of qPCR to culture-based methods
  • State of the art discussion on implementation of source tracking methods for use in managing recreational waters
  • Airport pickup and transportation available at no extra cost when flying into and out of New Bern, NC airport
  • Information on development, optimization and application of a range of water-relevant source tracking qPCR assays


Learn more about the workshop including pricing, materials provided and/or registration.

For questions about the workshop, please contact Rachel Noble at rtnoble@email.unc.edu.