Molecular genetics is the study of the structure and function of genes at a molecular level. This field studies how the genes are transferred from generation to generation. Genetics is playing an increasingly important role in the field of life sciences such as biology, biochemistry and medicine for instance diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of diseases. Given the fact that, the number of laboratory technicians is not enough even for scientific genetic research activities, we, as the academic professionals, evaluated and considered the need for higher numbers of laboratory technicians for experimental manipulations, to perform and troubleshoot molecular biology tasks in Turkey. The outcomes of the project contribute towards the education of lab technicians in the field of molecular genetics.

The WEBGENTECH project aims to educate laboratory technicians in basic molecular genetics techniques by Web-Based Learning via detailed training films, study documents and tests. Well-trained technicians will contribute for example to the development of new cure opportunities. Outcomes of the project might help to equalize the level of skills and knowledge of laboratory technicians and increase the mobility all over Europe.

The consortium involved in our project is hospitals, research centers, universities and a technical college. These are Yildirim Beyazid Training and Research Hospital, Dr. Zekai Tahir Burak Women Health Education and Research Center, Yildiz Technical University, Rize University Medical School and Medeniyet University from Turkey, Instituto Tecnológico de Castilla y León from Spain, and Lise Meitner Schule from Germany.