OGT has expanded its activities with CytoCell University, an initiative that provides training to scientists on the basics of fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH). CytoCell University’s FISH training and OGT aim to support scientists internationally and help customers advance genetic analysis.
CytoCell University’s first module, set to be part of a series of educational tools aimed at scientists of all levels, is an introduction for those new to FISH as well as a supplementary tool for more experienced staff. The training is being delivered by OGT’s Field Application Scientists, covering everything from the basics of FISH, FISH laboratory requirements and protocols to probe design and signal patterns. In addition, OGT has been running Lunch and Learn sessions focussing on troubleshooting FISH experiments.
The course is said to already be surpassing customer expectations, a point noted by Melissa Lyon, Clinical Laboratory Specialist, Cytogenetics, University of California San Francisco Health. She said: “Understanding the basics of FISH is essential for my work. The module helped reiterate information I already knew and provide some new content…the information is necessary for everyone in my line of work.”
Mike Ornelas, North America FAS Manager at OGT, commented: “OGT is well-recognised for the excellent level of knowledge and support we provide for our customers. With CytoCell University, we want to extend this to enable our customers’ easy access to OGT’s expertise with virtual and in-person FISH training. The training has already received some fantastic feedback with customers appreciating the collaborative approach we offer.”