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Apr 4, 2023

The Many Ways of Studying Biotechnology: A Recap of the MBTP 2022-2023 Student Symposium

The annual Molecular Biotechnology Training Program (MBTP) Research Symposium is where MBTP graduate students get to present their research to peers and faculty. Originally scheduled for November 2022, the symposium… 

Mar 8, 2022

Annual NC School for the Deaf Outreach Hosted on Zoom

The BIT Program’s biannual outreach event to the middle and high school science students at the NC School for the Deaf (NCSD) is always one of the highlights of the… 

Jan 14, 2022

Introducing… Comparative Plant Transcriptomics!

Are you interested in bioinformatics, but too intimidated to take a class or try to teach yourself? Or are you interested in how bioinformatics could be applied to plants? If… 

Dec 10, 2021

Annual MBTP Symposium Returns to In-Person Poster Presentations

The 2021 Molecular Biology Training Program (MBTP) Symposium was able to partially return to an in-person format this year, after being forced online last year. The student poster session was… 

Nov 9, 2021

Introducing… Biological Electron Microscopy Techniques!

Most students first hear of electron microscopy (EM) in their introductory biology course; it’s buried amongst a few other forms of microscopy, and perhaps even other techniques. At most, they’re… 

Oct 30, 2021

Teaching In-Person Labs in a Hybrid World

Last year, the BIT instructors had to adjust their labs to meet changing restrictions on in-person meetings, which meant virtual labs for most of the fall, and very modified, hybrid… 

Oct 14, 2021

Introducing… Cancer Drug Discovery and Development!

Though people talk about finding a “cure for cancer,” biologists have long known that finding such an elixir would be virtually impossible, as cancer is really a myriad of diseases… 

Oct 23, 2020

RNA World: Helping Students Gain an Edge in a Rapidly Expanding Industry

In most biology classes, the discussion around RNA goes something like this: “DNA makes RNA. The three types of RNA are mRNA, tRNA, and rRNA. These RNA molecules make proteins.… 

Sep 22, 2020

How to Teach a Lab Class in the Age of Corona: BIT Program Adaptations

Though it seems a bit cliché to say, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many areas of life, including, notably, education. When classes went online this past spring, the Biotechnology Program…