Cambridge Healthtech Institute Training Seminars offer real-life case studies, problems encountered and solutions applied, and extensive coverage of the basic science underlying each topic. Experienced Training Seminar instructors offer a mix of formal lectures, interactive discussions and activities to help attendees maximize their learning experiences. These immersive trainings will be of value to scientists from industry and academic research groups who are entering new fields – and to those working in supporting roles that will benefit from an in-depth briefing on a specific aspect of the industry.

Wednesday August 15 and Thursday August 16
Day One 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Day Two 8:00 am – 12:15 pm

TS8B: Introduction to Cell Culture


Timothy Fawcett, Ph.D., Scientific Director, BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. and Founder, BioSciConcepts

This 1.5-day Intro to Cell Culture Training Seminar is a lecture based course intended for the beginner who is thinking about culturing animal cells for the first time or for intermediate cell culturists wanting to know more about how animal cell culture works and how to improve their process. Attendees will learn about most of the critical aspects of cell culture from equipment maintenance and media selection to cell growth and cryopreservation. Participants will have ample time to ask specific questions and get worthwhile answers on such topics as: equipment use and decontamination, cell types, cell verification, maintenance and storage, and strategies for growing animal cells in culture.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Introduction to Cell Culture
  • Equipment use and decontamination
  • Biological safety cabinets and CO2 incubators
  • Contamination prevention and types of contamination
  • Cell Culture Media I and II
  • Cell verification maintenance and storage
  • Cell types, microscopy and confluency
  • Transfection technology
  • Clonal isolation of animal cells
  • Primary culture and animal cell attachment and signaling
  • Growth curves, growth strategies for growing animal cells in culture

Instructor Biography:

Timothy_Fawcett_TSTimothy Fawcett, Ph.D., Scientific Director, BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. and Founder, BioSciConcepts

Timothy Fawcett, Ph.D., has been in the biotechnology business for over 30 years. Trained as a biochemist, he has held senior positions in both academics and industry and has been a mentor to many young scientists throughout his career. For the last 13 years, Dr. Fawcett has been the Director of the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland (BTI), a non-profit institute located in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also the Founder and Director of BioSciConcepts, a social venture of BTI that provides hands-on training for professional scientists in cell culture, baculovirus-based expression, as well as topics such as molecular biology, PCR and real-time PCR. BioSciConcepts is an internationally recognized provider of expertise in cell culture and the biological sciences and has provided consultation services to several small and large biotechnology companies. Dr. Fawcett has a deep knowledge of biotechnology and has experience in most of the technical aspects of the workflow.

Training Seminar Information

Each CHI Training Seminar offers 1.5 days of instruction with start and stop times for each day shown above and on the Event-at-a-Glance published in the onsite Program & Event Guide. Training Seminars will include morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, as applicable, and lunch will be provided to all registered attendees on the full day of the class.

Each person registered specifically for the training seminar will be provided with a hard copy handbook for the seminar in which they are registered. A limited number of additional handbooks will be available for other delegates who wish to attend the seminar, but after these have been distributed, no additional books will be available.

Though CHI encourages track hopping between conference programs, we ask that Training Seminars not be disturbed once they have begun. In the interest of maintaining the highest quality learning environment for Training Seminar attendees, and because Seminars are conducted differently than conference programming, we ask that attendees commit to attending the entire program, and not engage in track hopping, as to not disturb the hands-on style instruction being offered to the other participants.


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