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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile; Talca, Chile
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Core Program Attributes: Project-based Program, Research
Curricular Highlights: Health/Pre-Med, Natural Science, Research
Program Description:

Please Note:  Deadline has been extended until March 31st.  Applications are currently being reviewed and new applications will be considered on a space-available basis.  

Globalization and the increased movement of people, plants and animals across the planet provides new challenges in combating the spread of pathogens. Essential to the control and monitoring of disease spread is the development and implementation of appropriate diagnostic methods. This new course will offer a theoretical and practical introduction to the main molecular diagnostic methods employed by researchers today.
The molecular techniques learnt will be translatable to almost any target organism and will provide the student with the essential concepts and hands-on training for further diverse applications, career choices and experiences. It is intended the student will finish with a broader worldview and greater confidence to speak, work and study in a foreign language.
Its focus will be on grapevine diseases in the Chilean Valle Central where most of the country’s wine production is located. Students will have the opportunity to interact with host students, faculty, researchers, and growers during a two-week winter-break period split between the lab and field.

Timeline & Coursework:  
Accepted students will participate in a 1.5-credit course in Fall semester (2 hours/week (7-2)) as well as a 1-credit Spanish (1 hour/week) language course (FLAC or Jumpstart).  The experience in Chile (2 weeks - 2 credits) will take place over Winter Break to be followed by a 0.5 credit (1 hour/week post-trip course (7-1)) back in Ithaca to finish off.

Learning Outcomes
  • Practical experience with the following standard and cutting-edge diagnostic methodologies: ELISA, Western Blot, PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, RCA, LAMP, RPA, Arrays and NGS.
  • Discussions on relevant published diagnostic cases impacting plant, animal and human health.
  • Visits to and from: The Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell, Genomics Facility at Cornell Institute of Biotechnology, The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva and Agave BioSystems.
  • Tours to - Concha y Toro vineyards and experimental station and Universidad de Talca in the Chilean Valle Central, vineyards and nurseries in the central Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, the cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.
  • One week project to collect and test collected vine material using diagnostic methods in a modern field laboratory in the valley of Curacaví.
  •  Analyze data critically and assess strengths and weaknesses of diagnostic methodologies.
  • Evaluate the changing priorities of regional/global disease challenges.
  • Speculate on new diagnostic applications and innovations.
  • Communicate in Spanish with confidence.
  • Get a sense of the world from a Chilean perspective.

Estimated Cost: Approximately $2,500 with Financial Aid options available
Deadline: March 15th (or until all spaces filled)
Program Contact: Jeremy Thompson;


Molecular Diagnostics

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.