Outreach and Conferences

2018-2021 Texas A&M Genome Editing Symposium

Graduate student Mr. Brendan Mormile has organized four consecutive Texas A&M Genome Editing Symposia since 2018 with a huge success every year!

During the ASPB Plant Biology 2020 virtual conference, Brendan Mormile also instructed the workshop entitled “gRNA Design and Off-Target Minimization for Genome Editing with CRISPR/Cas9”. The intentions were to educate the audience on the primary characteristics to consider when selecting the most efficient guide RNA for genome editing. Approximately 300 people attended the workshop and displayed a wide range of experience levels using CRISPR/Cas9. The workshop provided significant introductory information needed for novice users, while also going into greater depths for more experienced users. Although presenting this workshop online was not the ideal platform, it did offer an opportunity to reach a much larger audience. ASPB offered adequate training using Zoom and were very helpful during the planning phase. The Zoom platform also made it possible for digital recordings to be made for attendees. This will be a helpful reference for future use.


2019/2020 – JR Biotek Foundation Workshop for African Scientists

Graduate student Ms. Catherine Danmaigona Clement has given multiple workshops for students and scientists on Africa in collaboration with the JRBiotek Foundation (2019 onsite on Molecular Biology, 2020 virtual workshop on SNP and GWAS data analysis with R with 1400+ Africans registered). Giving the high impact and reach of the workshops she gave, the JRBiotek foundation has asked Ms. Catherine Danmaigona Clement to coordinate and organize more workshops, lectures, and training for African participants. She is organizing 3 to 4 workshops every year and inviting Ph.D students and postdoc for lectures and hands-on experience in different areas of molecular biology, such as RNAi and CRISPR-CAS, practical data analysis and other areas needed.

2020-Catherine Danmaigona Clement: Texas Plant Protection Conference poster session

2018: Catherine was one of 19 PhD students from Africa to be trained at Cambridge University, UK

2019: Catherine was a part of team teaching in Molecular Biology Training & Open Labware Building Workshop in Benin Republic 1,000 participants from 20 African countries

2020: Catherine, Barbara, Brendan gave virtual lectures with >1400 participants registered from 50 African countries

Brendan: Fundamentals of Genome Editing using CRISPR-Cas9 Lecture
Fundamentals of Genome Editing using CRISPR-Cas9 Lecture
Barbara: Fundamentals of Plant Gene Silencing: Virus Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) Lecture
Fundamentals of Plant Gene Silencing: Virus Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) Lecture