|Researchers from the Philippines learn lessons and hands-on training on laboratory procedures and other basic biotechnology tools done at UCLA and at the GlobeTek Science Foundation laboratory. In the photo are: Dr. Carmencita Kagaoan (2nd from left) and Salvacion Ritual (left) of BAR.|
The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), in partnership with the GlobeTek Science Foundation, recently sent four researchers and research managers from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (BFAR-NFRDI) and DA-BAR to the University of California (UC) Davis for a training program on biotechnology.
The training program was held in July-August 2010 and was composed of two-parts. The first part, a formal training on Proteomics and Flow Cytometry, was conducted at the UC Davis campus which gave the participants a theoretical background on proteomics and flow cytometry as biotechnology tools and their applications in agriculture and fisheries. Part two of the training program was a combination of laboratory lessons and hands-on training on laboratory procedures and other basic biotechnology tools such as mammalian cell culture, DNA analysis, immunological techniques, and others. These were done at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the GlobeTek Science Foundation laboratories.
The trainees, Norvida Gatdula of BFAR-NFRDI, Ma. Cecilia Reamillo of UPLB, and Carmencita Kagaoan and Salvacion Ritual of DA-BAR were also oriented on the potential applications of these tools by Dr. Samuel Bernal, professor emeritus at UCLA and lead scientist of the GlobeTek Science Foundation.
The training is part of a biotechnology program implemented by the GlobeTek Science Foundation (formerly Pacific Rim Foundation for Advanced Technology Transfers, Inc.) which aims to help the Philippines maximize the use of biotechnology advances for the country's agriculture sector.
Potential applications of the procedures and tools learned by the trainees include analysis of GMOs, genetic characterization of species and variant organisms, identification of genetic mutations for genomic characterization, genetic expression and genetic products, and identification of genetic mutations, variants and many more. A seminar on these biotech tools and their applications will be conducted at BAR to re-echo what has been learned from the training program for the benefit of the DA R&D staff and other local researchers.