Paleo-DNA Training Courses - Practical DNA Skills Training Course (Institution MOU sponsored learners)


The Paleo-DNA Training Courses - Practical DNA Skills Training Course for Institution Memo of Understanding (MOU) sponsored learners, (e.g., University of Benin (Nigeria) Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Forensic DNA Analysis), is an intensive two week hands-on DNA Skills Training Course.

Participants will perform the fundamentals of molecular techniques, including DNA extraction, amplification (using PCR), sequencing, and interpretation on a variety of tissue types. Other techniques covered in the lab sessions include gel and capillary electrophoresis, column chromatography, centrifugation, pipetting, and the use of the ABI 3130xl automated sequencer and ABI 7000 real time PCR equipment. A Non-Credit Transcript will be issued by Lakehead University and a Certificate of Participation will be issued by the Paleo-DNA Laboratory.

*PDNA-7002 and PDNA-7003 are the same except that the former is being offered at a much-reduced cost for institutions that have signed MOU with Lakehead University. Registration fee and medical insurance are extra.

Registration for Paleo-DNA Training courses are offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer sessions.

This offering is approved as a Micro-credential by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) of Ontario and is OSAP-MC eligible at Lakehead University.

To learn more about the provincial program and how to apply for OSAP for Micro-credentials, please visit Micro-credentials from Ontario’s postsecondary schools.
For a list of frequently asked questions on OSAP for Micro-credentials, please visit Lakehead Student Central: Financing, Scholarships & Awards and Government Aid.
To learn more about OSAP for Micro-credentials, please visit Lakehead Student Central.

This two-week (nine business day) intensive laboratory-based training program is designed to teach learners the fundamentals of molecular techniques including DNA extraction, amplification (using PCR), sequencing and interpretation. The course includes training in the latest DNA technologies, including multiplex PCR, real time PCR and use of the 3130xl automated sequencer. The laboratory sessions will have no more than eight learners with our lab instructors.

Laboratory 1: Laboratory Techniques
Laboratory 2: Sample Collection and Preparation
Laboratory 3: Gel Electrophoresis
Laboratory 4: Extraction Procedures
Laboratory 5: Purification Procedures
Laboratory 6: Quantification Procedures
Laboratory 7: Mitochondrial DNA PCR Preparation
Laboratory 8: Gel Electrophoresis
Laboratory 9: Pre-Sequence Purification
Laboratory 10: Sequencing PCR Preparation
Laboratory 11: Post-Sequencing Purification
Laboratory 12: STR Multiplex PCR Preparation
Laboratory 13: Tissue Sample Preparation
Laboratory 14: Computer Lab

The laboratory sessions are designed to follow the general process of the collection and preparation of a sample followed by the extraction and analysis of the DNA. The laboratories will cover the different types of samples that can be used for DNA analysis (buccal, hair, blood, bone) and the different preparation procedures required for each sample type. The participants will learn various DNA extraction methods applied to a variety of tissue types. Learners practice on their own DNA samples using PCR (polymerase chain reaction), Multiplex PCR, Real-time PCR, Sequencing, and fragment analysis. Other techniques covered in the lab sessions include gel (Agarose and polyacrylamide) and capillary electrophoresis, measuring, centrifugation and pipetting. The participants will analyze the control region of their own mitochondrial DNA, and STRs (short tandem repeats) within their nuclear DNA. One laboratory session is also dedicated to the computational aspects of analyzing DNA wherein each participant has their own computer and works through databases, websites and programs that are applicable to their analysis or the interpretation of their results.

A Non-Credit Transcript and a Certificate of Participation will be issued by Lakehead University.

If you are looking for a good textbook to purchase before attending the Practical DNA Training Program, here is one we recommend:

Goodwin, William, et al. An Introduction to Forensic Genetics, 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

For more information, please contact the Paleo-DNA Laboratory at 807-343-8010, ext. 8616 or

Credential Earned
Certificate of Participation
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) Eligibility
Instructional Method
Two Weeks
Start Date
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Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer Sessions
$1,000 (+HST)*

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