The Department of Crop Sciences of the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences (CAMS) at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), organized a workshop entitled “3-Days Hands on Biotechnology and Bioinformatics”. Opening the workshop, Dr. Oman Al-Jabri, Assistant Dean for Training and Community Services, said that supporting education activities aimed at bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and real world application are important in boosting the skills of our graduates.
The organizer of the workshop, Dr. Muhammad Shahid, Assistant Professor Department of Crop Sciences, CAMS and SQU said that the event would enhance the knowledge of individuals by providing hands on activities. The workshop covered all basic biotechnology techniques and bioinformatics tools used in molecular biology and had a positive impact on the participants to enhance their skills and give them a competitive edge in the future job market. The keynote speaker of the workshop, Dr. Rob W. Briddon, a plant molecular virologist, gave a talk on the role of biotechnology in enhancing human well being and highlighted the use of bioinformatics as an increasingly important tool in state-of-the-art research.
Dr. Muhammad Shahid as well as Dr. Muhammad Shafiq (postdoctoral fellow) working in plant biotechnology laboratory, CAMS, SQU gave practical demonstrations of the techniques prior to the participants having a go themselves. The workshop targeted participants from a variety of organizations with differing backgrounds, both younger and more experienced individuals from different colleges, and earlier graduates of SQU. Additionally there were also employees of Haya Water Muscat Oman, who participated in the three day practical workshop.