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Afternoon Short Course

PCR Part I: qPCR and High Resolution Melting in Molecular Diagnostics 

Monday, February 10, 2014 | 2:00 - 2:00 pm | Moscone North Convention Center | San Fransisco, CA 


2:00 Course Introduction

2:05 Finicky and Sloppy Molecular Beacons

Fred Russell Kramer, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers University

3:15 Refreshment Break

3:45 High Resolution DNA Melting for Molecular Diagnostics

Carl Wittwer, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Pathology, University of Utah

5:00 Close of Course


Fred Russell Kramer is Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the New Jersey Medical School. After receiving a doctorate from the Rockefeller University, he was a member of the faculty of Columbia University for 17 years, and then moved his laboratory to the Public Health Research Institute, where he has carried out research with his colleagues for the past 26 years.

Carl Wittwer, MD, PhD is a professor of Pathology at the University of Utah. He introduced rapid cycle PCR in the early 1990s and was the primary inventor of the LightCycler system for real time PCR. In the 2000s, he also developed high resolution melting (HRM) for genotyping and variant scanning. He is currently chairman of BioFire Diagnostics (formerly Idaho Technology), still focused on increasing the speed and performance of targeted DNA diagnostics.



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