Recorded Webinars

Excellence in Research Webinar Series

ATCC, your trusted source for cell lines, microbial strains, and other biological reagents, invites you to view one of the exciting webinars in our Excellence in Research series. Each webinar featured a highly experienced ATCC Scientist who demonstrated how to utilize ATCC products and services to advance your research. The webinars were broadcasted live, ran 30 to 45 minutes, and were followed by a 10 minute question and answer period.

2014 Excellence in Research Series

Douglass R. Storts, Ph.D.Yvonne ReidSTR DNA Profiling – The Standard for Cell Line Authentication
Douglas R. Storts, Ph.D., Head of Research - Nucleic Acid Technologies, Promega Corporation and
Yvonne A. Reid, Ph.D., Manager/Scientist, Cell Biology Program, ATCC
Recorded June 5
, 2014 

Misidentification of human cell lines is a common problem that leads to irreproducible research in the Life Sciences.  Over the years, use of contaminated cell lines has increased due to poor techniques, inadequate authentication protocols, and sharing of false cell lines among researchers.   These concerns can be readily resolved by the implementation of the Standard STR protocol –authentication of human cell lines by STR profiling. In this webinar, we will discuss the recent advances in STR profiling technologies and will delve into further detail on how the Standard STR protocol is transforming scientific practices.

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Liz KerriganThe Importance of Standards in Molecular-Based Assays
Liz Kerrigan, Director, ATCC Standards
Recorded May 8, 2014 

Stimulated by the presence of emerging and re-emerging microbial threats, the need for molecular-based tests has significantly increased in the last few years. In turn, this has necessitated the use of standardized nucleic acids in clinical laboratories. In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of molecular standards in the establishment of sensitivity, linearity, and specificity during assay validation or implementation, quality assurance, quality control, and proficiency testing, and how the use of standards can contribute to improvements in assay reproducibility and reliability.
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Fang Tian ATCC Breast Cancer Research Resources
Fang Tian, Ph.D., Lead Scientist, Cell Biology Group Leader, ATCC
Recorded April 24, 2014 

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women. New disease classifications, relevant signaling pathways, and genetic regulators of breast cancer have been identified over the past decade. To continue facilitating progress in basic research and drug discovery, ATCC provides breast cancer research resources. In this webinar, we will discuss triple negative breast cancer cell lines, breast cancer mouse models, and commonly used breast cancer in vitro models with in-depth genetic alteration and molecular profiles. We will also highlight cell lines that can be used to address recently identified genomic and clinical features of breast cancer subtypes.
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CK Zhang hTERT Immortalized Cell Lines – Unique Tools for Physiologically Relevant Research
Chengkang Zhang, Ph.D., ATCC Senior Scientist
Recorded March 27, 2014 

Human telomerase (hTERT) immortalized cell lines combine the properties of primary cells and the long culture life of continuous cell lines. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the ATCC hTERT Immortalized cell line collection, and will examine the use of immortalized renal epithelial cells, keratinocytes, and microvascular endothelial cell lines to demonstrate how hTERT immortalized cell lines can help investigators reach their goals.
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Cara WilderDrug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii – A Growing Superbug Population
Cara Wilder, Ph.D., ATCC Technical Writer
Recorded March 13, 2014 

In recent years, natural and societal selective pressures have led to the emergence of numerous antibiotic-resistant microbial strains, including multidrug- and pandrug-resistant strains of Acinetobacter baumannii. These strains have become a significant cause of nosocomial infection among immunologically compromised individuals, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality. This presentation will provide an overview of this escalating problem and will explore the current techniques used to identify drug-resistant A. baumannii strains, available therapies, and remaining concerns.
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Authentication and Characterization of Animal Cell lines: Towards Best Practices in Cell Culture
Yvonne A. Reid, Ph.D., Manager/Scientist
Cell Biology Program, ATCC

Recorded February 27, 2014 

Over the years, numerous cell lines have been shown to be misidentified due in part to poor techniques, inadequate authentication protocols, and sharing of unauthenticated cell lines amongst researchers. Technological advances have given rise to improved capabilities. Cell line authentication and characterization now requires a comprehensive strategy that employs several complementary technologies for systematic testing for morphology, microbial contaminations, cellular cross-contamination, as well as functionality. An overview of the current technologies used to authenticate and characterize animal cell lines will be presented. Download Q&A session (.pdf). Download Presentation (.pdf).  View Recording.


John Pulliam ATCC Sophisticated Approaches to In Vitro Research
John Pulliam, Ph.D., ATCC Field Application Scientist
Recorded February 6, 2014  

This webinar will provide an overview of the services that ATCC offers to the scientific community. We will also discuss the sophisticated approaches of utilizing Genetic Alteration Panels; cell lines which are grouped by tissue type or pathway mutation, hTERT immortalized cells, and the HEKPlus system for protein production. Download Q&A session (.pdf). Download Presentation (.pdf) View Recording.



2013 Excellence in Research series

Fang Tian ATCC Molecular Signature Panels – Powerful tools for the genomics age
Fang Tian, Ph.D., ATCC Lead Scientist, Cell Biology Group
Recorded December 5, 2013 

Want to bring your research into the genomics age? In this webinar, we will describe the ATCC molecular signature panels, which were generated by combining together authenticated cell lines that contain critical gene copy number changes and site mutations identified by next-generation sequencing. These panels focus on key components of cell signaling pathways. The gene expression, protein expression and cellular localization of EGFR, AKT, PI3K, PTEN, p53, RAS, RAF, ERK, MYC and MET were studied and compared within a large number of cell lines with various genetic backgrounds. View Recording.


Breathing rocks for fun and profit
Jeffrey A. Gralnick, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology, University of Minnesota
Recorded November 14, 2013 

Some bacteria have the ability to live by breathing certain oxide minerals. I will talk about one of the best understood model organisms for this process, Shewanella oneidensis, and how a detailed understanding of this microbe could lead to breakthroughs in the areas of energy and bioremediation. View Recording.


ATCC Transfection Reagents - A better style of protein expression!
Carolyn Peluso, Ph.D., Technical Writer
Recorded October 24, 2013

Transfections got you down? It’s true - some cells are harder to transfect than others, but ATCC is here to help. This webinar will describe how transfection reagents and culturing practices can affect the success of your experiments. In addition, we will demonstrate how our new transfection reagent, TransfeX, can help you transfect even the most notoriously difficult cells (i.e. stem cells, primary cells) and help you get your experiments going. View Recording.


Cara WilderMycoplasma Detection – Protect your continuous cell cultures
Cara Wilder, Ph.D., Technical Writer 
Recorded October 10, 2013 

Are you sure your continuous cell cultures and media are free from contamination? Mycoplasma contamination affects roughly 15-35% of continuous cell cultures, resulting in deleterious effects including the induction of chromosomal abnormalities, the disruption of DNA and RNA synthesis, and the inhibition of both cell metabolism and growth rate. In this presentation, learn how to protect your cultures using the ATCC® Mycoplasma Detection Kit. Download Q&A Session (.pdf) View Recording.


C. Peluso, PhD Primary Cell Solutions - Biologically relevant in vitro models
Carolyn Peluso, Ph.D., Technical Writer
Recorded September 26, 2013 

Did you know, ATCC, your trusted source for tumor cell lines, also offers primary cells? In this webinar, we will describe how our broad offering of primary cells, optimized media systems and transfection reagents, can help you get your primary cell cultures up and running, so you can get your experiments going, and your research moving forward. View Recording.


Cara WilderATCC Toolbox—Kick-start your semester!
Cara Wilder, Ph.D.,Technical Writer 
Recorded September 12, 2013 

The academic year has begun, but are you ready for it? Let ATCC help you set up your lab! In this presentation, we will discuss some of our products designed with teaching laboratories in mind. We will also provide helpful information and key features about our Culture Guides and the new Introduction to Microbiology Guide. Get your students on the fast track to success! Download Q&A Session (.pdf) View Recording


David S. Blehert, PhD Fungal disease, a 21st century challenge to bat conservation
David Blehert, Ph.D., Microbiologist, U.S. Geological Survey
National Wildlife Health Center
Recorded June 13, 2013 

Since first discovered in 2007 near Albany, New York, bat white-nose syndrome has spread to 20 US states and five Canadian provinces, and the disease is estimated to have killed over five million insectivorous hibernating bats.  An outbreak of infectious disease among bats on the order of white-nose syndrome is without precedent.  This presentation will provide an overview of this novel emergent wildlife disease and explore the profound impacts it may have on bat conservation in the 21st century. View Recording


John PulliamStem Cell Solutions
John Pulliam, Ph.D., Marketing Application Scientist
Recorded June 6, 2013 

ATCC is your trusted source for induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology!  This webinar will provide background on human iPSC and ATCC products and introduce the advantages of our new human iPSC products.  Finally, we will demonstrate helpful tips and solutions for using the ATCC feeder-free human iPSC culture system for the thawing, passaging and cryopreservation. View Recording.


Tim LilburnIntroducing your new prokaryotic species
Tim Lilburn, Ph.D., Scientist
Recorded May 16, 2013  

For over 85 years, ATCC has been helping scientists store and distribute their prokaryotic strains. In that time we have developed considerable expertise in maintaining the strains deposited with us, but it is up to the depositor to name their species and ensure that the name is recognized by the research community. In this talk, we will go over the deposit and name validation process, providing tips and pointing out potential bumps in the road. You’ll also get a list of essential publications and useful web sites to help you make sure your new species is successfully introduced to the world. Resources for Nomenclature and Taxonomy (.pdf). Download Q&A session (.pdf).  View Recording.


Brian BeckCara WilderCarbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) – A Growing Superbug Population
Brian Beck, Ph.D., Manager, Research Scientist, Microbiology and
Cara Wilder, Ph.D., Technical Writer, Microbiology
 Recorded April 18, 2013 

In recent years, natural and societal selective pressures have led to the emergence of numerous antibiotic-resistant microbial strains, including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) expressing Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) or New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM-1).   Infection with these strains has become a leading cause of nosocomial infections among immune-compromised individuals, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality. This presentation will provide an overview of this escalating problem and will explore the current techniques used to identify CRE strains, available therapies, and remaining concerns. View Recording.


 Kevin GradyHEKPlus Expression System – A better style of protein production
Kevin Grady, Product Line Business Manager
Recorded April 4, 2013 

Would you like to boost your protein production yield and streamline your production protocol?  Attend this webinar to learn about how different protein expression systems, types of transfections reagents and culturing practices can affect the success of your experiments. In addition, we will demonstrate how the ATCC® HEKPlus Expression System, which comes complete with everything you’ll need for efficient protein production, can help you simplify your experiments and move your research forward. View Recording.



2012 Excellence in Research series

Yvonne Reid

Cell Line Cross-contamination: Impact on Biomedical Research
Yvonne Reid, PhD, Manager, Scientist, Cell Culture Contracts
Recorded November 29, 2012 

The misidentification of human cell lines in research labs is a significant problem that may be costing the scientific community millions of dollars annually. Authenticating human cell lines is a crucial, yet underappreciated, quality control step for researchers performing cell biology, genetic mapping, gene expression, and gene therapy research.View Recording


Brian Beck

Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli
Brian Beck, PhD, Manager, Research Scientist, Microbiology
Recorded November 15, 2012 

The global community has been experiencing food-associated outbreaks of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) for nearly two decades. As a result, six non-O157 STEC strains were classified as adulterants by the Food Safety and Inspection Service branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in June 2012, requiring routine verification testing of raw beef manufacturing trimmings for serogroups O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145. ATCC has recently accessioned representative strains (both toxigenic and non-toxigenic) for each serogroup from the CDC and now has them available for use as controls for diagnostics and process validation. This webinar will discuss the genetic and phenotypic methods used to characterize these strains. Download Q&A session (.pdf). View Recording


CK Zhang

hTERT-Immortalized Cells - Unique Tools for Tissue-Relevant Research
CK Zhang, Scientist, ATCC Cell Systems
Recorded November 1, 2012 

ATCC hTERT immortalized cell lines represent a breakthrough in cell biology research that combines the in vivo nature of primary cells and the in vitro utility of continuous cell lines. Normal primary cells are difficult to isolate, often vary from lot to lot, and senesce after a few passages. Traditional cell lines, on the other hand, are genetically unstable and present inconsistent phenotypes over time. In this webinar, we are going to use an hTERT-immortalized Renal Proximal Tubular Epithelial Cell line (RPTEC/TERT1, CRL-4031) as an example to show how cell biologists can use the hTERT cell lines from ATCC as valuable tools for the studies of cell functions in vitro. Download Q&A session (.pdf). View Recording


Stewart DavisEmily Williams

Updates to the ATCC Material Transfer and Deposit Agreement: How ATCC Helps You in Research
Stewart Davis, CLP, RTTP, Director, Intellectual Property & Licensing and
Emily Williams, Technology Licensing Specialist
Recorded October 18, 2012 

Earlier this year, ATCC revised its Material Transfer Agreement, to enable researchers and external research sites to transfer key biological reagents derived from ATCC material, such as transfected cell lines and genomic DNA, to collaborators without seeking permission from ATCC or paying administrative transfer fees. Additionally, the ATCC Deposit Agreement has been updated to allow those depositing with ATCC to share in the financial success of a deposit by receiving a royalty stream, once a certain sales threshold has been reached. In this webinar, we will provide more details about these updated agreements, and address how these changes affect the research community. Download Q&A session (.pdf). View Recording


Kurt LangenbachMaria Mayda

Assessing Novel Storage Techniques and Their Ability to Stabilize Nucleic Acids
Kurt Langenbach, PhD, Manager, Research Scientist, Cores and
Maria Mayda, Scientist, Assay Development
Recorded October 4, 2012 

Novel ambient temperature stable storage approaches offer the potential advantage that various materials, such as nucleic acids, could be subjected to a broad range of hostile temperatures without diminishing and perhaps even improving their performance in downstream applications. In this webinar, we will discuss some of the results generated through our technology assessment program that have focused on evaluating innovative methods for the collection, processing, preservation, and characterization of bio-specimens, including nucleic acids, at ambient temperature. Insights gathered from these studies will allow us to move beyond traditional biological sample storage concepts, enhance the quality and reproducibility of results, improve sample handling, and minimize the impact of deleterious events in cold chain management.Download Q&A session (.pdf). View Recording


Yukari Tokuyama

Stem Cell Solutions
Yukari Tokuyama, Scientist
Recorded September 20, 2012 

This webinar will introduce ATCC’s stem cell products, which includes human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and embryonic stem cells (ESCs), human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and mouse ESCs. The focus will be on hurdles currently facing human iPSCs culture systems and we will introduce ATCC® Complete Stem Cell Solution™, which provides researchers with reliable, authenticated cells and optimized media and reagents in a single easy to use system. Download Q&A session (.pdf). View Recording


Robert Molestina

Biological Resources of the ATCC Protistology Collection
Robert Molestina, PhD, Senior Scientist
Recorded September 6, 2012 

Protists are eukaryotic microorganisms commonly studied due to their ecological relevance in aquatic food chains and their impact on human health. Protistology research and comparative studies are dependent on the accessibility of authenticated biological standards. To meet this need, the Protistology Collection at the ATCC houses the largest and most diverse repository of protist cultures in the world. The primary role of the collection has been the acquisition, authentication, preservation, and distribution of reference strains. Characterization of deposited cultures includes a variety of tests such as viability, purity, phenotypic properties, and genotypic analysis. Additionally, over the last decade, resources within the collection have expanded to include genomic DNA and custom services. This presentation will provide an overview of biological resources available in the ATCC Protistology Collection, a discussion on the methods of characterization, benefits of depositing, current research projects, and future perspectives. View Recording


Fang Tian

Tumor Cell Panels in Cancer Research and Drug Discovery
Fang Tian, Senior Scientist, Cell Biology
Recorded August 23, 2012 

Human cancer cell lines have been used as essential tools in both high-throughput drug screening and detailed molecular mechanism studies. This Webinar will focus on genetic characterization of human cancer cell lines currently used in laboratories. Additionally, it will introduce how to choose the best cell lines and cell line panels for biological understanding of top genetic alterations across tumor types, and for testing small molecules or biologics for cancer drug development. View Recording



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