The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is supporting a training program for early career scientists in Pakistan to develop and improve advanced molecular-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques. PCR methods improve capacity for targeted surveillance and detection of high threat pathogens and outbreaks, and reduce the need to culture and store infectious material. The training will be conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Health in Pakistan and the Kenya Medical Research Institute.
Competitively chosen applicants will be selected to participate in a three-phase training program. An international committee of experts with membership from Pakistan, the United States, and Kenya, appointed by the U.S. National Academies, will oversee selection of trainees and development of the training program.
Introductory Workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan
A three-day introductory workshop will be held at the National Institute of Health of Pakistan in Islamabad in summer 2019. Trainees will participate in a discussion and demonstration of PCR best practices. Trainees will discuss experimental designs for their individual research conducted at their home institutions.
After the workshop, trainees will participate in webinar-based training covering topics relevant to PCR. These may include reagent and primer acquisition, assay development, sample preparation, and other topics.
Training in Nairobi, Kenya
A one-week training course will be conducted at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi in fall 2019. Fellows will receive in-depth experience conducting and troubleshooting PCR techniques. Fellows will have the opportunity to address identified shortfalls from practice at their home institution and work on methods and analysis applicable to their research interests.
Please note that the application closed on Sunday, June 23 at 11:59pm
Pakistan Standard Time (GMT+5). Applicants selected for the next round will be notified via email.