Dr. Aybike Birerdinc at Inova Hospital, previous graduate of Mason's PhD Biosciences program, is offering the following 1-credit directed studies course (BIOL 693) along with Dr. Ancha Baranova this spring term. It will meet several times for lecture and also during the week of spring break for lab. If you would like to register for it, please send me an email. You can add to your spring schedule until February 2.
Diane St. Germain
Coordinator, Biology and Biosciences
Graduate Academic Programs
*Molecular and Microbiology Dept.*
*George** Mason University*
*Phone*(703) 993-4263, *Fax* (703) 993-8976
*Spring 2010 BIOL 693 Directed Studies: "Chemiluminescent assay
*Instructors: Aybike Birerdinc, Ancha Baranova*
This 2-week course will focus on various cell based assay techniques
using chemiluminescent detection systems to determine cellular
functions. It will include some theoretical part (lecture) and cell
assay (practical) part. Students will meet in Dr. Baranova's Discovery
Hall laboratory. One week will be during Spring Break, March 8-12.
This course would be an excellent addition to your molecular laboratory
The primary goal will be to educate students on the properties of
chemiluminescent assays as they differ from fluorometric assays. BrdU
will be used for the measurement of the proliferation, caspase detection
for the apoptosis. Students will be responsible for performing all
chemiluminescent assays and will need to maintain their cells for the
duration of these experiments. All subsequent data analysis will be
performed by the students.
Each student will be responsible for submitting a written report
summarizing their experiments to include: Introduction, methods,
results, and a special troubleshooting section. Students are expected to
learn the properties and limitations of each cell based assay and should
be able to explain their results regardless of the outcome.
The final grade is based on mastery of the technique and the written