Department of Clinical Neurosciences

School of Clinical Medicine





Workshops  in cell and molecular neurobiology
Workshops take place in the John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair  0930-1700hrs. Contact Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury ( for further details and to book a place

** Check the times of individual workshops carefully!** Most are 2-4 pm but there are exceptions (longer workshops)

For details of the seminar series, click here


Michaelmas term 2013

October 16 2-4 pm

Introduction to laboratory techniques: basic rules and good laboratory practice

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


October 23 2-4pm

Introduction to cellular neuroscience: neurobiology of cells, cell culture and histology

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Barbara Lorber


October 30 9.30am- 5pm

Cell biology workshop: astrocytes and neuronal cultures

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Barbara Lorber


November 6 2-4pm

Rodent brain histology: anatomy of the rodent brain, histochemical and fluorescent staining

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


November 13-14 9.30am – 5pm

Immunohistochemistry workshop (1): brain tissues

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury


November 20 2-4pm

Immunohistochemistry workshop (2): transduction and transfection

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Aviva Tolkovsky


November 27 9.30am-11.30am

Microscopy workshop (1): use of light and fluoresence microscopes

Prof. James Fawcett


December 4 9.30am-1pm

Microscopy workshop (2): fluorescence and confocal microscopy

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury , Dr Simona Foscarin and Dr Richard Eva


 Lent term 2014

January 15  2-4 pm

Introduction to molecular neuroscience: basic techniques. DNA, RNA extraction from cells and tissues

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury

January 29 2-4pm

Molecular biology (1): Extraction of DNA from brain tissue and plasmids

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury

February 5 2-4 pm

Genomics (1): molecular tools,plasmids, viruses; database searches

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury

February 12 2-4 pm

Molecular biology (2): total RNA and cDNA synthesis

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury

February 26 2-4 pm

Molecular biology (3): PCR and RT-PCR analysis

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Romina Vuono

March 5th 2-4 pm

Genomics (2): in situ hybridisation, micro-arrays and animal models

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Bernordino Ossolo

March 12-13 2-4 pm

Molecular biology (4): in-situ hybridisation

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Simon Stott

March 19 2-4 pm

Proteomics: Western blotting and ELISA

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Jessica Kwok

March 26 2-4pm

Molecular biology (5): Western blotting

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury

April 2 2-4 pm

Proteomics (2): ELISA

Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury and Dr Jessica Kwok

Crash course in neuroscience: for those with no previous training in this subject (Jan 2014).

Details will follow