Education & Sponsorship

CAGEF contributes to undergraduate and graduate student experiences at the University of Toronto through active involvement in courses and collaborative programs.

Undergraduate Education

Current Courses

METHODS IN GENOMICS AND PROTEOMICS Lecturer: Dr. P. Wang

This is an intensive and rigorous laboratory course that will teach students how to produce and analyze data that are central to the fields of genomics and proteomics. The course is divided into three modules, the first of which focuses on genomics, the second on transcriptomics, and the third on proteomics. Each module begins with at least two wet labs where students generate data and end with computer labs where students analyze the data. In this way students will learn how to conduct an experiment from beginning to end. Techniques taught include DNA and RNA extraction, shotgun library construction, PCR, DNA sequencing, expression profiling using microarrays, 2D-gel proteome analysis, mass spectrometry and associated bioinformatics analyses such as sequence analysis and assembly, and statistical analysis of microarray and mass spectrometry data. This is an advanced laboratory and computer-based course, and assumes a strong background in molecular genetics and some prior laboratory experience. It is most appropriate for students wishing to pursue careers involving biological research.

Graduate Education

Current Courses

METHODS IN GENOMICS AND PROTEOMICS Lecturer: Dr. P. Wang

This is an intensive and rigorous laboratory course that will teach students how to produce and analyze data that are central to the fields of genomics and proteomics. The course is divided into three modules, the first of which focuses on genomics, the second on transcriptomics, and the third on proteomics. Each module begins with at least two wet labs where students generate data and end with computer labs where students analyze the data. In this way students will learn how to conduct an experiment from beginning to end. Techniques taught include DNA and RNA extraction, shotgun library construction, PCR, DNA sequencing, expression profiling using microarrays, 2D-gel proteome analysis, mass spectrometry and associated bioinformatics analyses such as sequence analysis and assembly, and statistical analysis of microarray and mass spectrometry data. This is an advanced laboratory and computer-based course, and assumes a strong background in molecular genetics and some prior laboratory experience. It is most appropriate for students wishing to pursue careers involving biological research.

CAGEF actively sponsors a range of student activities and external organizations. Outreach programs focus on increasing CAGEF brand awareness within the greater scientific community by maintaining a presence both within the University of Toronto and at relevant national and international conferences.

Undergraduate Activity Sponsorship

international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) 2009-2016

CAGEF sponsored “Encapsulator” iGEM 2009 project won a bronze medal

Graduate Activity Sponsorship

CAGEF has been a long time supporter and sponsor of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics

Conferences

American Society of Plant Biology (July 2016) in Austin, Texas

International Plant Growth Substances Association (June 2016) in Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Society of Microbiology (June 2016) in Toronto, Ontario CAGEF partnered with Illumina at this meeting to offer a Research Accelerator Award of up to $10,000 of Illumina NextSeq500 sequencing

Great Lakes Bioinformatics and Canadian Computational Biology Conference (May 2016) in Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Society of Plant Biology Eastern Regional Meeting (November 2015) in Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop (Aug 2015) in Victoria, British Columbia

American Society of Plant Biology (July 2015) in Minneapolis, Minnesota

International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (July 2014) in Vancouver, British Columbia

Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop (Aug 2013) in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Plant and Animal Genome (January 2013) in San Diego, California

International Conference on Systems Biology (Aug 2012) in Toronto, Ontario

American Society of Plant Biology (July 2012) in Austin, Texas

Molecular Biology of Plant Pathogens (April 2012) in Reading, UK

Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop (Aug 2011) in Niagara Falls, Ontario