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Excellence in Research webinar series

Your trusted resource for the largest and most diverse collection of human and animal cell lines, microbial strains, and innovative solutions announces the 2015 Excellence in Research webinar series. Each webinar will demonstrate how to utilize ATCC products and services to advance your scientific research. The webinars will be broadcasted live at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM ET, and will be followed by a question and answer period.

David ClawsonEnhancing Vector-borne Research with Biological and Molecular Standards
David Clawson, M.S., Lead Biologist, ATCC
March 5, 2015 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET

Vector-borne diseases are a major public health concern, affecting billions of people worldwide. Due to the complexity of vector-borne pathogen transmission, these illnesses are among the most difficult infectious diseases to predict, prevent, and control. Moreover, many vector-borne pathogens can be challenging to culture, require high-containment facilities, or are on the commerce control list, making them difficult to study. To support the development of rapid diagnostic tools and innovative therapeutics, ATCC has synthetically derived nucleic acids that represent key target regions from a number of infectious microorganisms, including dengue virus, West Nile virus, and Eastern equine encephalitis virus, among others. These standards are quantitated, stable, can be handled in BSL-1 conditions, and don’t require permits for international shipping. In this webinar, we will discuss emerging vector-borne microbial pathogens, molecular and biological products from ATCC that support vector-borne research, and will demonstrate the use of ATCC synthetic molecular standards microbial detection and quantification.

Register for a session - 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET.

Microbiology Quality Control as Described in the Compendia
Scott Sutton, Ph.D., Principal, Microbiology Network, Inc. and
Tracy Vandenbroek, Product Line Business Manager, Microbiology, ATCC
March 19, 2015 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET

The quality control microbiology lab serves a valuable function in the pharmaceutical manufacturing environment in terms of providing information on the biological quality of the products being produced.  The major tests are familiar to us all – Microbial Limits, Sterility Tests, Antimicrobial Effectiveness Tests.  All of these tests require strict attention to detail for reproducible results, and the compendium also provides guidance on the quality control aspects of laboratory operations.  In the first half of this presentation, Dr. Sutton will provide a brief overview of both of these aspects of microbiological quality control with guidance for the listener on how to further research best practice as described in the compendium. In the second half, Ms. Vandenbroek will describe how ATCC is striving to meet the current needs of the quality control microbiology lab.

Register for a session - 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET.

James ClintonATCC Transfection Reagents Powerful Tools to Enable Genetic Manipulation
James Clinton, Ph.D., Scientist, ATCC
April 2, 2015 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET

Transfection technology allows for transient genetic manipulation in cell cultures that is quick, reliable, and minimally toxic. Lipid-based transfection reagents are powerful tools to investigate the role of various genes in cellular physiology. Gene expression may be enhanced by delivering DNA or mRNA for specific genes or gene products into cells. In addition, gene knockdown may be achieved through transfection of small RNA constructs, which utilize the RNAi pathway to inhibit gene expression. This webinar will provide an introduction to transfection, an overview of current transfection approaches, and a brief guide to best practices in the design and optimization of transfection experiments. Critical aspects include the cell type, culture conditions, and design of nucleic constructs. We will then focus on ATCC’s highly efficient transfection reagents, which have been optimized in a broad spectrum of cell types for a range of applications, including gene expression and siRNA-mediated knockdown.

Register for a session - 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET.

Jodi LeeSeeing is Believing – Reporter Labeled Microbial Control Strains
Jodie Lee, M.S., Lead Biologist, ATCC
May 21, 2015 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET

Experimental controls are essential for establishing that protocols, methods, and instruments are functioning correctly and efficiently.  ATCC, a world leader in high-quality biological controls, now offers reporter-labeled microbial control strains, including Escherichia coli, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica, and Shigella flexneri.  These labels allow for easy, visual discrimination between control strains and sample strains to minimize errors caused by cross-contamination in the laboratory.  In this webinar, we will discuss the development and evaluation of reporter-labeled controls, and will examine their applications in microbial detection and quantification, microscopy, host-pathogen interaction studies, and food testing.

Register for a session - 10:00 AM ET or 3:00 PM ET.

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