In this part of the course on Marine Natural Products (MNPs Toolbox) selected methods and techniques used in marine biotechnology are presented.
In Module 1, students will learn about the diversity of marine microorganisms and their biotechnological potential. In Module 2, students will get acquainted with practical hints regarding isolation and cultivation of marine microorganisms. In addition, they will gain basic knowledge of extraction, isolation and identification of MNPs. In the last module (Module 3), the laboratory skills in the assessment of MNPS biological activity will be acquired.
By the end of the course students will/ will be able to:
The course on Marine Natural Products Toolbox (MNPs Toolbox) is divided into three modules:
Module 1: Microorganisms as tools in marine biotechnology
Module 2: Methods used in marine biotechnology
2.1 Isolation and cultivation of microorganisms
2.2 Isolation and identification of compounds – laboratory-scale process
2.3 New extraction techniques of bioactive compounds from marine algae
Module 3: Activity assessment
3.1 Introduction to bioassays
3.2 In vitro assays
3.3 In vivo assays
3.4 In silico assays
LEARNING MATERIALS: 12 obligatory lectures, 6 obligatory infographics, 19 suggested readings (scientific papers in open access journals), 2 suggested commercial videos
Requirements to pass this course: to get the certificate you should complete three quizzes and get at least 60% of the total score: Quiz 1 (Module 1, 5 questions), Quiz 2 (Module 2, 6 questions), Quiz 3 (Module 3, 10 questions).
What is important, you can follow the course at your own pace with no strict time limits for listening to the lectures or taking the tests. You can watch each lecture and take the quizzes as many times you like. We recommend you to listen to the materials in the order as they are presented - every subsequent lecture is somehow based on the previous one. When you complete the course with positive test results, you will receive a certificate.
If you have any substantive questions, don't hesitate to contact us – Agata Błaszczyk or Anna Toruńska-Sitarz. Our contact data are provided at the top of this page. Regarding technical issues you can also write an email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the course, and good luck!
Agata Błaszczyk and Anna Toruńska-Sitarz