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  • Genetech | Molecular Biology Courses & Internships, DNA Testing, and Molecular Diagnostics | Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Industry Based Training Programme This is a full-time programme designed to provide practical training in the applications of Molecular Diagnostics and basic methods in gene technology. It will consist of some lectures to provide students with the necessary theory to understand the applications of these topics, practicals to receive hands-on experience in laboratory techniques and demonstrations covering topics in these subject areas. ​ This programme will be beneficial to local and foreign students awaiting entry into tertiary degree programmes (university) as well as for students that are currently enrolled in tertiary programmes. ​ Dates: TBD ​ Duration: 10 weekdays LEARN MORE Our Firm Genetech is a multi-faceted institution and our activities can be broadly categorised into the following areas: ​ Molecular disease diagnostics DNA typing for paternity testing and forensic casework Teaching of basic to advanced molecular biology Training of personnel involved in molecular biology Genetically modified (GM) and other food testing Sex determination of birds Diagnostics of animal diseases Research in the molecular life sciences Customised biotechnology solutions Molecular biology products Read our story View our services Long term internships and research opportunities 6 weeks and upwards Customised individual programmes available CONTACT US Our Leadership Our leaders at Genetech set the policies and the strategic direction of the firm. Collaborating with each other, their knowledge and experience come together to make a positive impact for all our stakeholders - students, patients, healthcare providers and local and global communities. Dr. Maya Gunasekera Founder of Genetech (1961 - 2006) View Profile The working culture is built by leaders who believe empathy is absolutely vital. This is demonstrated by talking and listening to people, understanding what they care about, adapting to their needs and catering to what they want. Dhammika Gunasekera Owner of Genetech and Managing Trustee of Genetech Research Institute View Profile Dr. Nandika Perera Head of Forensic DNA Typing and Parentage Testing View Profile Samudi Mohotti Senior Scientist View Profile Our Values Positivity Our commitment to sustain a positive environment for our employees as well as our clients is one of the key factors that sets us apart from our competitors Collaboration Collaboration is at the core of everything we do. We enjoy interacting with various types of people whilst appreciating the cultural diversity that they bring to the community. Excellence Delivering excellence has always been our main focus as we love inspiring and elevating the communities we touch. Integrity We always act with integrity, and we have strong moral and ethical principles to be followed at all times regardless of the consequences. Read more

  • Molecular Biological Techniques Course | Genetech

    Intensive Practical Course in Molecular Biological Techniques (60 hours) This intensive training course provides a thorough hands on experience in key molecular biological techniques used in various fields of biological, medical and forensic sciences. ​ The course is primarily aimed at individuals who are new to the area, theoretically familiar but lacking in practical bench training or wishing to enhance their practical skills further. ​ At the end of the course, the participants will be able to acquire an adequate level of proficiency to allow for the troubleshooting and optimisation of routine laboratory protocols to promote timeliness and cost effectiveness. ​ All practical work is conducted individually with the guidance of experienced persons in the relevant field. ​ When? This course will run from 9.00am to 4.00pm for 10 consecutive weekdays as a full-time programme. ​ Course dates: TBD ​ For whom? ​ Senior and junior researchers who wish to establish in the field of molecular biology Post A/L students interested in pursuing future studies in biological/biomedical sciences and/or forensic sciences Individuals who seek career opportunities in medical diagnostic laboratories and forensic DNA laboratories Those who wish to complement their knowledge in modern molecular biological techniques (e.g., medical doctors, medical laboratory technicians, forensic analysts, industry persons) ​ Techniques Covered ​ Cloning techniques: Isolation of plasmid DNA, Restriction enzyme digestion and transformations ​ DNA extraction techniques: Isolation of human genomic DNA from blood and forensic samples, Bacterial/Viral DNA and Plant DNA ​ RNA work: Isolation/purification and reverse transcriptase PCR assays ​ Polymerase Chain Reaction: Technical elements and critical factors for successful PCR-based procedures, Multiplex PCR, Real Time PCR and PCR with RFLP ​ Gel Electrophoresis: Agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, automated capillary electrophoresis ​ Course Fee ​ Rs. 75,000 per person ​ ​ View FAQs Contact us If you are interested in doing this course at Genetech, please email us at info@genetechsrilanka.com to receive further details.

  • Internships | Genetech

    Internships Our internships consist of shadow learning and hands on training with individual attention, and self-learning is facilitated through the provision of appropriate reading materials. This will be supervised by the experts in the relevant fields. These internships are beneficial for graduates who are looking to pursue molecular biology related careers or postgraduate studies either in Sri Lanka or overseas and also undergraduate and postgraduate students who wish to acquire hands-on experience in molecular biology applications. We also offer internship programmes for Local and International A/L Students. We provide the following five types of internships. ​ Two Week Internship on Molecular Disease Diagnostics: Fee: Rs. 70,000 Start Date: TBD End Date: TBD More information about this internship is given under Molecular Disease Diagnostics on this page. Two Week Internship on DNA Fingerprinting and Genetically Modified (GM) Food Testing: Fee: Rs. 70,000 Start Date: TBD End Date: TBD More information about this internship is given under DNA Fingerprinting and Genetically Modified (GM) Food Testing on this page. Four Week Internship on Molecular Disease Diagnostics, DNA Fingerprinting and Genetically Modified (GM) Food Testing: Fee: Rs. 109 ,000 Start Date: TBD End Date: TBD Please note that this Four Week Internship is a combination of the 2 Two Week Internships mentioned above (Molecular Disease Diagnostics and DNA Fingerprinting and Genetically Modified (GM) Food Testing ). Six Week Internship: This is a six week programme that consists of two weeks of shadow learning and training in either Molecular Disease Diagnostics or DNA Fingerprinting and Genetically Modified (GM) Food Testing followed by a four week internship involving an individual research assignment. Students can enrol in the internship where they will be given a brief research project to work on over a four week period after completing the two week training programme.. Alternatively, students can participate in the Two Week Industry Based Training Programme to receive the required two weeks of training before being eligible to enrol in the four week internship involving an individual research assignment. The total fee for this internship will vary depending on the type of individual research assignment and equipment used. However, the fee for the first two weeks of this six week internship is Rs. 70,000. Long Term Customised Internships and Research Opportunities in Gene Technology Duration: 6 weeks and upwards ​ Molecular Disease Diagnostics (2 weeks) ​ ​ Testing included: Human infectious disease testing Cancer testing Canine disease testing Plant disease testing Methods covered: DNA extraction/handling of different samples RNA extraction PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR Gel electrophoresis PCR trouble shooting Introduction to the ISO 25189 system and planning a molecular diagnostic laboratory DNA Fingerprinting and Genetically Modified (GM) Food Testing (2 weeks) ​ Training covered during the internship: Forensic DNA typing Kinship verification Animal and plant forensics Molecular testing of GM food ​ Methods included: Sampling methods used for forensic DNA typing DNA isolation techniques for different kinds of samples Short Tandem Repeat (STR) analysis for autosomal, X and Y chromosomes Mitochondrial DNA analysis Automated fragment analysis and results interpretation Statistical methods in forensic and kinship testing PCR detection of GM food ​ Molecular Diagnostics DNA Fingerprinting View FAQs Contact us If you are interested in doing an internship at Genetech, please submit the Inquiry Form below or email us at info@genetechsrilanka.com to receive further details. View Inquiry Form

  • Certificate Course in Gene Technology | Genetech

    Certificate Course in Gene Technology (60 hours) Theory: ​ DNA, RNA structure and function Messenger RNA, Transfer RNA & proteins Chromosomes, genes, alleles, karyotypes, phenotype & genotype Extracting DNA from different sources Basic methods in bacteriology DNA modifying enzymes Genetic engineering & gene splicing Electrophoresis & quantification of DNA Polymerase chain reaction DNA fingerprinting in forensic casework Biotechnology in medicine & industry ​ Practicals (hands-on practical experience on an individual basis for each student): ​ ​ Laboratory rules & safety precautions Use of micropipettes Preparation of reagents Plating & quantifying of bacteria Forensic DNA testing: Extraction of DNA, PCR & gel electrophoresis Isolation of plasmid DNA Spectrophotometric determination of DNA DNA sequence data analysis ​ Course Fee: Practicals: Rs. 57 ,500 Lectures: Rs. 34,500 View FAQs Contact us If you are interested in doing this course at Genetech, please submit the Inquiry Form below or email us at info@genetechsrilanka.com to receive further details. View Inquiry Form

  • Certificate Course in DNA Fingerprinting | Genetech

    Certificate Course in DNA Fingerprinting Why choose this programme? This course starts with a comprehensive coverage of the fundamentals of gene technology and extends its scope to DNA fingerprinting, the gold standard for individual characterization. By following this course, students can learn the essential techniques used in both gene technology and DNA fingerprinting and acquire the practical skills necessary to conduct them. The course thus prepares students to face the challenges in the most up-to-date molecular biology labs worldwide. A certificate will be issued upon completion of the course. Who can register for this programme? This course is designed for students who have completed their G.C.E. Advanced Level examination and are hoping to pursue higher education in biology, biotechnology, and biomedical science in universities abroad and Sri Lanka as well as for current undergraduates in these fields. Course Content The course encompasses both theoretical and practical aspects of the following. ​​ ​ Handling of biological samples in DNA fingerprinting Basic set up of a molecular biological lab Chelex and solid phase DNA extraction methods DNA quantification Multiplex PCR Use of commercial kits for DNA profiling Agarose gel electrophoresis Capillary electrophoresis Generation and analysis of DNA profiles Duration and fees This is a 30 hour couse with 18 hours of individual hands-on training. The programme will run from 9.00 am to 4.15 pm on 5 weekdays. The programme fee will be LKR 25,000 (~LKR 833 per hour) which is to be paid before the registration in order to confirm and reserve your place. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis. Email now If you are interested in participating in this training programme, send us an email with your details to info@genetechsrilanka.com View FAQs Contact us View Inquiry Form

  • Courses and Internships | Genetech

    Courses and Internships Our vision and mission Our teaching facility is designed and organised with Dr. Maya Gunasekera’s original vision in mind, which is “anyone interested in this subject should be given the opportunity to learn it”. Therefore, we offer training programmes aimed at providing a comprehensive knowledge of basics to advanced molecular biology. This includes coursework and well-structured practical training in laboratory methods in molecular biology under the guidance of practicing scientists. Genetech School of Gene Technology offers training programmes in areas including disease diagnostic methods of molecular medicine for medical officers, forensic DNA typing for medico-legal personnel, laboratory management for technical officers and courses on gene technology for post-Advanced Level, undergraduate and graduate level students. View FAQs A large number of undergraduate and graduate level students have undergone training at Genetech as interns and research students. At present, research students and technicians that trained at Genetech are contributing immensely to the field of Molecular Diagnostics through various organisations islandwide. Internships We offer internship opportunities for local and foreign students who wish to work in an active molecular life science facility and obtain hands-on experience in a wide range of molecular biology techniques. Furthermore, our interns will be supervised by experienced scientists to actively engage in some short-term research and devise innovative solutions to complex challenges in this field. By choosing to do an internship at Genetech, you will avail yourself of an opportunity to work in a scientific environment which is quite unique in Sri Lanka. You will be able to work alongside scientists who are amongst the most experienced personnel in the molecular life sciences and learn in an environment that is fast-paced and exciting. Being a testing laboratory, Genetech is constantly working against time to deliver molecular biology-based testing services. Being a research institute, Genetech is always keen to branch out into new areas. Being a training organisation, Genetech can provide you with an opportunity to learn from practicing scientists and be mentored by experienced teachers whilst conducting research in a well-equipped facility. Courses The objective of these courses is to give all our students a comprehensive understanding of the essential principles of the subject. It aims to give each category of students a degree of knowledge and skill which would help meet the requirements of institutes of higher education and research anywhere in the world, and also help to accelerate the career development of personnel requiring a non-professional level of skill in molecular biology, such as medical and medico-legal personnel. View our internships 5 Day Practical Training Programme for A Level Students Certificate Course in DNA Fingerprinting Industry Based Training Programme Laboratory Practical Courses for A/L Students and Teachers Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Technology Molecular Diagnostics of Infectious Diseases Certificate Course in Gene Technology If you are interested in doing an internship or course at Genetech, please submit the Inquiry Form below or email us at info@genetechsrilanka.com to receive further details. View Inquiry Form

  • Industry Based Training Programme | Genetech

    Industry Based Training Programme What our programme offers This is a programme designed to provide practical training in the applications of Molecular Diagnostics and basic methods in gene technology. It will consist of some lectures to provide students with the necessary theory to understand the applications of these topics, practicals to receive hands-on experience in laboratory techniques and demonstrations covering topics in these subject areas. Duration and fees The programme will run from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm for 10 consecutive weekdays as a full-time programme. It will not be possible to complete this programme part-time. The programme fee will be Rs. 64,500 which is to be paid before the registration in order to confirm your participation and reserve your place. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis. For whom? This programme will be beneficial to students awaiting entry to tertiary education programmes (university) as well as for students that are currently enrolled in or have completed such programmes. Email now If you are interested in participating in this training programme, send us an email with your details to info@genetechsrilanka.com View FAQs Contact us View Inquiry Form

  • 5 Day Practical Training Programme | Genetech

    5 Day Practical Training Programme for A Level Students Why choose this programme? The programme will consist of lectures, practicals, and demonstrations covering various topics in molecular biology, biotechnology, and gene technology. It will also provide exposure to the applications of these subjects in the fields of Molecular Diagnostics and DNA Fingerprinting as an introducti on. Who can register for this programme? This programme is specifically designed for Edexcel, Cambridge, and Local A/L Students (AS, A2 and post-A/Ls) to fulfill the basic practical experience requirements in molecular biology and gene technology applications. It is intended for students who will be applying to and awaiting entry into tertiary programmes, particularly those planning to join universities in the US, UK and other countries in the near future. Email now If you are interested in participating in this training programme, send us an email with your details to info@genetechsrilanka.com View FAQs Contact us View Inquiry Form

  • 1-3 Day Practical Courses | Genetech

    Laboratory Practical Courses for A/L Students and Teachers One day workshop on gene technology ​ ​ Laboratory safety and handling of micropipettes Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Extraction of DNA from human blood and plants Preparation of agarose gels and agarose gel electrophoresis Basics in DNA profiling, DNA fingerprinting and DNA typing Basics in applications of PCR in disease diagnosis Fee: Rs. 6,000 per person (Minimum 10 students per session) Three day course on gene technology qPCR (Real time PCR) - Theory and Practicals Laboratory safety and handling of micropipettes Extraction of DNA from human blood and plants Preparation of agarose gels and agarose gel electrophoresis Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and gel electrophoresis of PCR products Basics in DNA profiling, DNA fingerprinting and DNA typing Basics in applications of PCR in disease diagnosis Fee: Rs. 18 ,000 per person (Minimum 10 students per session) ​ View FAQs Contact us If you are interested in doing this course at Genetech, please submit the Inquiry Form below or email us at info@genetechsrilanka.com to receive further details. View Inquiry Form

  • MPhil and MSc Projects | Genetech

    Research leading to the award of MPhil Determination of Population Structure of Yellow Dwarf Coconut Population in Sri Lanka Department of Botany. Chandima Kamral, M.Phil., Faculty of Applied Science, University of Sri Jayawardanapura; Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila, Sri Lanka, 2015 (partially conducted at Genetech). Morphological and molecular identification of Oreochromis niloticus and its hybrids present in selected reservoirs in Sri Lanka. Saroopa Samaradivakara, M.Phil, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2009. Establishment of DNA based HLA Typing in Sri Lanka for forensic and transplant purposes. Induwara Gooneratne, M.Phil, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2007.​ MSc Research Projects Detection and confirmed of Brucella abortus in bovine aborted fetuses by PCR in selected localities in Sri Lanka. Samudi N. K. Mohotti, M.Sc., Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2017. Genetic characterization and molecular phylogeny of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) in Sri Lanka based on COI gene. H.A.K.M. Dharmarathne, M.Sc., IBMBB, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2016. HLA Typing of MHC Class I Molecules by PCR & Sequencing in Sri Lanka. Rashmi Tippalagama, M.Sc., IBMBB, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2012. Molecular epidemiology of Dengue virus. Barathy Logendra, M.Sc. in Experimental Biotechnology, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2010. ​ Molecular Characterization of Chikungunya Virus isolates in Sri Lanka. Ishara Herath, M.Sc in Experimental Biotechnology, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2010. Molecular Characterization of human Cytomegalovirus in a cohort of immunocompromised patients in Sri Lanka. Imalka M. W. Gunasekera, M.Sc in Experimental Biotechnology, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2010. ​ Suitability of using SSR markers to differentiate tissue cultured and other Musa varieties. Fintan. S. Gonsal, M.Sc. Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2009. ​ Molecular characterization of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates in Sri Lanka utilizing the mycobacterium interspersed repetitive units (MIRU) typing method. Nandika Perera, M.Sc. Molecular Life Sciences, Institute of Biochemistry Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2009. Development of a single step reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction assay to detect chikungunya virus in clinical samples. Navodhi Wickremasinghe, M.Sc. in Experimental Biotechnology, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2009. Determination of sensitivity of multiplex and duplex PCR in the determination of Marek's disease virus. Shamini Akushla Wickramage, M.Sc in Experimental Biotechnology, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2009. ​ Establishment of a Molecular Diagnostic System for Detecting Human Papillomavirus in Clinical Samples. Rubatharshini Ambikaibakan, M.Sc. in Experimental Biotechnology, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2008. Development of a low cost multiplex PCR-based diagnostic assay for Down Syndrome. A. Mary Renuka Fernando, M.Sc. in Experimental Biotechnology, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2008. Determination of the sensitivity of PCR based non-radiolabeled hybridization for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. K.A.D. Ravi Vishwajith, M.Sc. in Experimental Biotechnology, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2006. Establishment of a molecular diagnostic system for detecting Y-chromosomal microdeletions which cause male infertility. Thiruchelvam Kariharan, M.Sc. in Experimental Biotechnology, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2006. ​ ​ ​

  • Samudi Mohotti | Genetech

    Samudi Mohotti Senior Scientist Samudi Mohotti commenced her professional career at Genetech as a Scientific Officer at the division of parentage testing in 2004. In subsequent years, she was promoted to the post of Senior Scientist and currently oversees the entire process of parentage testing. She is one of the most experienced scientists in the field of DNA typing and has contributed to submit over 3,000 DNA test reports for civil and criminal cases to the Sri Lankan Judiciary. She took part in the development of an allele frequency databases of autosomal STR markers for Sri Lankans ethnicities and co-authored a journal paper in a high-impact journal, Forensic Science International: Genetics. In addition to DNA typing, she is involved in many research projects conducted by Genetech on contract basis to meet the requests from both state and private institutes. She is also a key member of the team which maintains the ISO 15189 quality management system of our laboratory. Samudi obtained her BSc degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and her Master’s degree in Applied Microbiology from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

  • DNA Typing Services | Genetech

    DNA Typing Services Child custody and maintenance: In cases where one parent is claiming the custody and maintenance of a child and the other parent is refusing to accept parentage. Proof of adultery: Especially in divorce cases where the paternity of the child is suspect, and the wife is being accused of adultery, DNA typing can be used to determine whether the husband is the father of the child. Rape, which has resulted in pregnancy: DNA typing of tissue samples from the mother, child and suspected offender can be analysed to determine whether he is the father of the child. Testamentary cases: When a deceased person's wealth is to be distributed among his or her heirs, it is sometimes necessary to determine who the heirs are. DNA typing can be used to prove blood relationship to the deceased individual. Immigration: Individuals and families interested in establishing a proven biological link to their relatives ultimately enhance their chances of a successful application for immigration. Identity testing in cases involving immigration may include answering questions of paternity, maternity, and sibling relationships. Twin studies: DNA typing can be used to determine whether twins are identical or not. Identification of mutilated bodies: When a deceased person's body is mutilated and cannot be identified directly, such as in fire, vehicle accidents, bomb blasts, or due to prolonged burial, it is possible to identify these persons by comparing their DNA profiles with that of their close relatives'. Murder, violent assault, robbery: In these cases, a sample of tissue from the criminal is sometimes found at the scene of the crime, and if there is a suspect, DNA typing can very accurately determine whether the sample of tissue belongs to the suspect, thereby linking the suspect to the crime. Furthermore, a sample of tissue from the victim may be found on the criminal (such as blood stains on the criminal's clothing). Similarly, DNA typing can be used to determine whether the sample of tissue belongs to the victim in such cases, thereby connecting the suspect to the victim. Rape and other sexual offences: In these cases, semen and saliva samples may be obtained from the body and clothing of the victim. DNA typing can be used to determine whether the sample of tissue belongs to the suspect, thereby linking the suspect to the crime. In such cases, DNA typing can be used very effectively to identify the criminal only if the offense is reported immediately, and DNA samples are taken as soon as possible. Establishment of identity in insurance claims: It is often necessary to establish the identity of a claimant in life insurance claims. DNA typing can determine the relationship of the claimant to the insured individual. DNA typing is also extremely effective in identifying individuals who have died in accidents or by other causes, and whose bodies have been severely mutilated making conventional identification impossible. Hence, DNA typing can be used to confirm the death of the insured person. Establishment of a criminal DNA profile data bank: Many countries have enacted legislation to establish a DNA databank, containing profiles from individuals convicted of specific crimes, especially violent crimes and sexual offences. Law enforcement agencies search these databanks for matches with DNA profiles from biological evidence of unsolved crimes. Using these databanks, law enforcement agencies have been successful in identifying suspects in cases thought to be unsolvable. Such databases are also a powerful deterrent to crime because the criminal knows that his DNA profile is on record. ​

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