Education and Training

Student testing sample in lab

The Environmental Genetics and Genomics Laboratory (EnGGen) is supported by lecture courses and in-house instrument training for new and advanced users. Courses include Molecular Ecology and Molecular Ecology Laboratory (offered as separate courses). For more information on courses, please contact Gery Allan. Instrument training is provided through the EnGGen Research Technician and involves familiarity with using standard thermal cyclers (PCR), quantitative thermal cyclers (qPCR), DNA sequencers (ABI 3730xl & 3130), centrifuges, gel electrophoresis, pipettors, and other instruments as necessary. For more information on instrument training, please contact Andrew Krohn.

Short Courses 

Northern Arizona students and faculty can register for the following short courses online using LOUIE.

Molecular Ecology

This course explores the molecular genetic techniques currently used in behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary research. Techniques covered include DNA sequencing, DNA fingerprinting (e.g., AFLPs), and microsatellite and microarray analyses. The molecular basis for each technique is covered with emphases on the use of appropriate genetic markers for specific ecological questions.

Molecular Ecology Lab

 This companion course to Molecular Ecology introduces students to the methods and techniques used to generate genetic data for research in population biology. Students will gain hands-on instruction in DNA extraction methods, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), fragment analysis, and DNA sequencing. The processing of raw data using a variety of bioinformatics software packages is also introduced.

Educational Opportunities

 The EnGGen laboratory seeks qualified NAU undergraduate students for general lab work. These student positions are unpaid but provide valuable laboratory and research experience working with either prokaryotic or eukaryotic genomics. Students may receive undergraduate course credit for working in the EnGGen laboratory. Students interested in learning or improving their skills in the use of PCR, DNA sequencing, or other molecular genetic techniques are encouraged to contact Gery Allan or Andrew Krohn.