Advanced molecular cloning - a joint workshop with CUSO MPS

14 January 2019

A course in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Program Molecular Plants sciences (MPS)

Organizer: Paolo Longoni (University of Neuchâtel)



The aim of the workshop is to provide a theoretical and practical basis to the PhD students on the most recent technologies for the molecular cloning.

This workshop aims to stimulate the beginning of a new cloning project, the idea behind it is to bring the project to your own lab and be able to start the real cloning. As a follow-up we will have the contacts of the organizers and the other members useful to share your opinions and to ask questions or assistance! In a way, the workshop will not end on 14 January, but its continuation will be in your hands!


  • Vincent Bernard, Representative for NEB Molecular cloning products, BioConcept, Allschwil
  • Dr. Sylvestre Marillonnet, Head of the Synthetic Biology group, Department of Cell and Metabolic Biology, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), Halle, Germany
  • Dr. Geoffrey Fucile, Bioinformatics Trainer, Biozentrum, University of Basel


The course will last one day and is divided in two parts:

The morning part is a theoretical introduction of the techniques in the form of two seminars, one dedicated to the methods and the second on a platform for the molecular cloning (the MoClo system). Later in the afternoon the students will have some time (depending on the number of the participants) to present their own research interest with particular focus on the possible issues they have with molecular cloning.

The second part of the workshop, in the afternoon, will be dedicated to in silico work, in detail; each student will develop its own cloning strategy and designing the primers required for the cloning. The students will be supervised and advised by the organisers and the intervening speakers. The developed cloning strategies will be tested in silico and discussed collectively.

The students will be invited to perform the developed strategy after the workshop, a troubleshooting assistance will be offered by e-mail.

Program (PDF)

General information

Dates: 14 January 2019

Schedule: 8.55-18.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Emile-Argand 11, Building D, room D114

ECTS: 0.5 (Research tools)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact the organizers Dr Paolo Longoni or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Sara Santi (administration)

Registration fee: free, lunches included. Collective lunches are offered and students are invited to participate. No external meal will be reimbursed.

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions. For participants of the CUSO Molecular Plant Science Doctoral Program, please contact your program coordinator.

Make sure that you sign the attendance list and take your certificate of attendance at the end of the course (no certificate will be sent by mail).


  • This course is free and open to all PhD students. However, until 22 December 2018 priority is given to PhD students enrolled into the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology and CUSO Molecular Plant Science Doctoral Program. Collective lunches are offered and students are invited to participate.
  • Post-docs are welcome as long as places are available.
  • Maximum number of participants: 10 people.
  • This course is free, but the effective cost is approx. CHF 200.00 per person. Therefore, a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Online Registration only: CLOSED The course is full.

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 50).

Deadline: 8 January 2019