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The Binghamton Biofilm Research Center will be offering two hands-on  “Working with microorganisms” workshop in March 2021. 


Important eligibility requirement - All students registering for the "Working with Microorganisms" workshop must be registered to take courses at BU in person during Spring 2021 semester and be currently enrolled in the BU covid surveillance program. BU staff or faculty wishing to take the workshop should contact David Davies ( directly prior to registering to ensure eligibility. 

The first workshop will be held Monday, March 1st through Wednesday, March 3rd. The second workshop will take place Monday, March 8th through Wednesday, March 10th. Each workshop will include both online instruction and in-person hands-on skill practice. Each day of the workshop will include online instruction, through Zoom, from 9am - 10:30am and in-person sessions from 2pm to 4pm in Science 3, Room 260. All participants need to attend the online and in-person session for all three days (Mon - Wed) of their workshop and must be registered to take courses at BU in person as well as be enrolled in the BU covid surveillance program. The purpose of each workshop is to train BU students, staff and faculty in basic microbiology techniques. Attendees who successfully complete the training and attend all three online and in-person sessions will be certified by the Binghamton University Institutional Biosafety Committee to work in BSL-1 and BSL-2 labs. The workshop will focus on medium preparation and autoclaving, aseptic technique in the handling of microorganisms, determining the overall number and purity of bacteria in a sample, and stock culture preparation. No prior microbiology knowledge is required. During the hands-on portion of the workshop, COVID social distancing procedures will be enforced by not exceeding the social distancing capacity of the lab space and maintaining at least 6-feet of separation between individuals at all times. PPE including lab coats, masks, and gloves will be supplied to all participants and shared equipment will be sanitized before and after each use. Seats are limited for each workshop.


To register for either workshop, please contact Courtney Kleeschulte at

Registration for both workshops closes at noon on Monday, February 22nd.

If you have any questions regarding the workshop or COVID safety measures, please contact Courtney Kleeschulte. 


Last Updated: 3/29/21