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The Fundamentals of Cell Culture: Key Principles and Practice  

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The course is held at the ECACC laboratories located at the following Public Health England site in the south west of England:

Public Health England
Microbiology Services
Porton Down 



This is a four day course that aims to deliver a balance of theory, essential techniques and best practices covering the entire cell culture workflow. The course will cover:

  • culture initiation from frozen vials
  • the generation of primary cultures
  • the maintenance, cryopreservation, quality control and validation of cell banks
  • the delivery of cell cultures to a variety of applications and cell based assays
  • qualitative and quantitative cell culture
  • the biology, characterisation and selection of cell lines
  • stem cell biology
  • novel 3D cell culture strategies
  • experimental design
  • troubleshooting in the cell culture lab

The course is delivered by a team comprising of PHE cell culture experts and regular invited lecturers. Past guest lecturers have included:

R. Ian Freshney PhD

Renowned author and cell culture expert Ian is an honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Cancer Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He has edited numerous successful books, including the hugely popular Culture of Animal Cells (now in its 6th Edition), and Culture of Human Stem Cells and is in demand worldwide as a lecturer and consultant.

Stefan Przyborski PhD

3D Cell Culture expert , Professor of Cell Technology, Durham University UK Stefan is a recognized leader in the area of three-dimensional (3D) cell culture and frequently contributes to international meetings on this topic.  His first degree in anatomy and cell biology underpins his strong belief in the fundamental principle that structure is related to function at the cell and tissue level.

Heather Bone PhD

Stem Cell specialist Heather completed her PhD at the University of Bath. Following a post-doc in Bristol, Heather moved back to Bath in 2005 to specialise in the embryonic stem cell biology, developing novel protocols for the differentiation of human ES cells to hepatocyte-like cells whilst also working on the Stem Cells for Safer Medicine (SC4SM) programme. Last year Heather took on a new role at the University of the West of England (UWE), helping to establish a new EU-funded Business Technology Centre, the Centre for Alternative Testing and In-vitro Monitoring (CATIM) which provides links between industrial and academic partners in south-west England.

Emily Swindle PhD

Pharmacologist Emily Emily is a lecturer in pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.  Her current research focuses on building complex models of the airways incorporating structural cells and mast cells to determine their role in viral-induced exacerbations of asthma.


The detailed course programme and expected guest lecturers will be made available closer to the date.


Course Dates
10-13 October 2017              


Please note that accommodation is not included in the course fee but we can provide details on recommended hotels in the area.

The course fee includes transport between your hotel and ECACC, lunches and refreshments, and a comprehensive training manual.


To register for this course please click here


If you require further information on our courses, or would like to let us know you are interested in future courses, please contact our Training Course Administrator: 

+44 (0) 1980 612773



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