Curriculum

The SING Workshop curriculum will introduce participants to fundamental concepts and methods in genomics and bioinformatics including both theoretical aspects and practical laboratory- and computer-based training. A strong emphasis will be placed upon bioethics, difficult histories of indigenous peoples’ encounters with science, and associated issues relevant to indigenous peoples’ culture. The curriculum will require some participant reading and preparation prior to the workshop, and will focus on materials that stimulate participant interest to encourage subsequent learning in genomics and science. The “hands-on” training component will incorporate the latest techniques and analytical programs used in genomic laboratories today.

The following are examples of the types of sessions held during a SING workshop:

SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS

  • Biomedical Genetic Research
  • Indigenous Peoples Genetic Variation and Population History
  • Human Genetic Structure
  • Human Microbiome
  • Epigenetics

LABORATORY SESSIONS

  • Human Genome Diversity Bioinformatics Labs
  • DNA Extraction & Quantification Lab
  • PCR Lab

ETHICAL LEGAL AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS (ELSI) SESSIONS

  • Bioethics 101
  • Community-Based Collaborations
  • Commercialization of Genetic Ancestry Testing
  • Building Trust and Building Policy: Beyond Ancestry

PROFESSIONALIZATION SESSIONS

  • Indigenizing the Academic Space
  • Mentoring Session