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Biosafety and Biotechnology Courses

Genetic Variability in Crops

This course discusses genetic variability in crops, providing a basic review of genetics and plant breeding, an overview of modern breeding technologies, and a discussion of how new plant cultivars are released.

Environmental Risk Assessment of Non-Target Organisms for GE Crops

This course discusses when, why, and how environmental risk assessments for GE crops are informed by testing of non-target organisms.

Understanding Low Level Presence in Agricultural Biotechnology

This course teaches what Low Level Presence (LLP) is and how associated environmental risks can be assessed.

Application of Problem Formulation to the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Crops

This course introduces the key concepts of problem formulation for the environmental risk assessment of genetically engineered crops.

Confined Field Trials of Genetically Engineered Plants

This course provides a comprehensive discussion of risk management methods for confined field trials (CFTs) of genetically engineered (GE) plants and how those methods may be incorporated into a regulatory framework.

Genetic Engineering in Livestock Production

This course covers advancements in genetic engineering in animals that have been demonstrated in laboratory settings and their application in livestock production.

Variabilidad genética en cultivos

En este curso se abordará la variabilidad genética en los cultivos, se proporcionará una revisión básica de la genética y el fitomejoramiento, se hará una descripción general de las tecnologías modernas de mejoramiento y, por último, se analizará de qué forma se difunden los nuevos cultivares vegetales.

Evaluación de riesgo ambiental de organismos no objetivo para cultivos obtenidos por ingeniería genética

En esta clase se definirá el NTO y se proporcionarán ejemplos de cuándo y por qué es necesario realizar pruebas de NTO para informar la revisión regulatoria de un cultivo transgénico.

Niveles de baja presencia (LLP) en biotecnología agrícola

Este curso explica el concepto de niveles de baja presencia (LLP por sus siglas en inglés) y la forma en que puede evaluarse su riesgo ambiental.

Aplicación de la formulación del problema para la evaluación del riesgo ambiental de cultivos genéticamente modificados

En este curso se presentan los conceptos clave de la formulación del problema para la evaluación del riesgo ambiental de cultivos genéticamente modificados.

Los ensayos de campo bajo confinamiento Vegetales Genéticamente Modificados

Este curso ofrece información exhaustiva sobre los métodos de gestión del riesgo para ensayos de campo confinados (ECC) de plantas genéticamente modificadas (GM) y sobre cómo estos métodos se pueden incorporar a un marco reglamentario.


本课程讲述什么是低水平混杂(Low Level Presence, LLP)以及如何评估低水平混杂的环境风险。





Food Safety Courses

Concepts in the Safety Assessment of Novel Food and Feed

This course discusses how people use information about foods to make basic decisions regarding food safety and how government regulators use similar information to address the safety of novel foods that may be introduced into their country’s food supply.

Application of Problem Formulation to Food and Feed Safety Assessments

This course teaches you how to apply problem formulation to the food and feed safety assessment of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

Food Safety of Genetically Engineered Animal Products

This course covers the safety measures employed to evaluate the risk of genetically engineered animal products and how genetically engineered animal products are evaluated against non-genetically modified products.

Conceptos en la evaluación de la inocuidad de nuevos alimentos y piensos

En este curso, se analiza cómo las personas emplean la información sobre los alimentos para tomar decisiones básicas sobre su inocuidad y cómo los entes regulatorios gubernamentales utilizan información similar para abordar la inocuidad de alimentos nuevos que posiblemente comiencen a comercializarse en el país.

Aplicación de la formulación del problema en las evaluaciones de inocuidad de alimentos y piensos

En este curso, se enseña cómo aplicar la formulación del problema a la evaluación de la inocuidad de alimentos y piensos de cultivos genéticamente modificados (GM).


本课程将讨论人们如何利用有关食品信息对食品的安全性做出简单判断,以及政府监管人员(Governmental Regulators)如何使用类似信息来解决可能进入本国食品供应链(Food Supply)的新食品的安全问题。



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“I work at the GMO regulatory agency in Mexico, learning more about it will directly improve my work and decision making.”

Mariana Santillan-Calzada Subjefe de Departamento, SENASICA

“To enable me to guide the network applying correct practices for sampling and testing.”

Johny Boerjan VP Technical Governance AFL, SGS Group Management Ltd

“Currently I am doing my thesis project on Biosafety of GE plants. The resources of these courses will aid my project work as they contain information related to my work.”

Syeda Fahria Hoque Mimmi Teaching Assistant, Brac University

“The training will equip me with the relevant skills and knowledge required to enhance my ability to support my clients and train my colleagues to effectively deliver on their mandate at ensuring power health and safety.”

Abel Ndego Senior Regulatory Officer, Food and Drugs Authority
United States

“I am responsible for writing our company policy for producing Non-GE products, obtaining certification, and annual auditing of the program. This training program will assist me in this process and help me remain up-to-date on current research and publications.”

Robert Sadoski Supply Chain Quality Manager, Wells Blue Bunny
United States

“I’m a current freshman at Penn State, majoring in animal science and management. These courses will be very beneficial to me as I learn more about animal science and technology, and the agricultural industry. I feel that these courses could cover ideas that are not covered in my class.”

Johnna Calvert Student, Penn State University

“This will give me a better understanding to work in the field of biosafety in Bangladesh”

Aparna Islam Professor, Brac University

“To broaden knowledge on the conduct of science-based risk assessment of the products of genetic modification and to aid in decision making regarding formulation and implementation of policies related to GM regulation.”

Viola Katherine Gamboa Science Research Technician III, Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Plant Industry Biotech Office

“Learn about biosafety courses and apply in company I’m working at.”

Arthur Melo Researcher, Inova Genética

“They would be very useful for my research projects and my teaching activity.”

Sandra Sharry Vice-Dean-Professor, Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias y Forestales, Universidad Nacional de La Plata

“The safety assessment and detection of transgenic crops has become a worldwide issue. The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute courses are helpful for better understanding it.”

Qing Xia Scientist, National Center for Biomedical Analysis

“To learn more about food and feed in context of safety and genetically modified organisms, because we develop testing systems for different food products.”

Christina Huber Product Manager, Romer Labs

“To gain more experience and knowledge on biotechnology.”

Fukun Jiang Regulatory Manager, Beijing Dabeinong Biotechnology Co., Ltd

“I’d like to use it for a research project on food safety regulation.”

Johanna Fink Student, University of Freiburg

“These e-learning courses that will enhance my knowledge and capacitate me as a member of Department of Health – Biosafety Committee (DOH-BC) of the Philippines in assessing and reviewing Biosafety Permit Applications.”

Christmasita Oblepias Food-Drug Regulation Officer IV, Food and Drug Administration Philippines

“I work with the Biosafety Unit of the Food and Drugs Authority where knowledge in the course AFSI is providing will be relevant in improving enforcement of GMO regulations.”

Nana Akua Yeboah Principal Regulatory Officer, Food and Drugs Authority

“To learn more about LLP in seed because it’s important to understand the aspects related with this topic such regulation, trade and risk assessment.”

Natalia Urzua Regulatory, Corteva

“I want to know how others countries consider the Confined Field Trials of Genetically Engineered Plants.”

Marco Cervantes Deputy Director of Regulation of GMOs, SENASICA/SADER

“These courses would be useful to my work in contaminants of food and feed.”

Mohamed Arafat Food inspector, Egyptian Food Safety Authority

“As I am appointed as a biosafety support officer, I think this courses will increase my understanding and knowledge.”

Sium Ahmed Biosafety Support Officer, South Asia Biosafety Program

“Being the Chair of the DOH Biosafety Committee, taking this course will help me understand the concepts and principles of risk assessment on GMO crops and will strengthen our capacity in reviewing the applications filed by technology developers.”

Maria Lourdes Santiago Deputy Director General, Food and Drug Administration

“Stelagenomics is a Mexican biotechnology company, founded in 2012. Currently, we have some biotech crops that we are developing and we need to understand the regulatory framework in order to achieve the freedom to operate as soon as possible.”

Rolando Piña Regulatory Affairs Leader, Stelagenomics
United States

“I am engaged in research projects to develop next-generation potato crops for improved pesticide resistance. These courses will benefit our crop science projects by aligning our interests in increasing global food security while ensuring optimal nutrition and safety of our next-gen plant products.”

Jake Olson Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Agricultural biotechnology is one of my portfolio. So, taking these courses definitely help my work.”

Titi Rahayu Agricultural Assistant, FAS

“I am currently working as the Secretariat of the DENR Biosafety Committee in the Philippines. Our committee is mandated to lead in evaluating and reviewing the possible risk and impacts of genetically modified crops to the environment. Taking this course would be useful to effectively do our jobs.”

Alexa Rae Advincula DENR Biosafety Committee Secretariat, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau
United States

“I want to study the current events, studies, and concerns about GM food consumption. I’m hoping that by doing this, I can make an informed decision in the near future.”

Mark Allen Student, Napa Valley Community College

“I am a student of Biotechnology and I think your courses will help me in my further higher studies or research field.”

Biplob Bhattacharjee Student, BRAC University

“Food Science and Food Technology has always been a challenging and passionate matter. Being among the experts in this course will be an advantage for me.”

Tetty Sihombing Member, GMO Food Safety Technical Team

“I have a degree in molecular biology and work in the General Coordination of Biotechnology at the National Service for Agri-Food Health and Quality. We carry out the food safety and nutritional evaluations of GMOs and these courses would help me to complement my training in the subject.”

Yamile Barca Analyst, SENASA
United States

“Keep up with current thinking within the industry and government.”

Mike Connelly Regulatory, Stewardship & Compliance, Nuseed Americas

“This course will be useful to my research in Plant Molecular Biotechnology.”

Md Anowar Hossain Professor, University of Rajshahi

“The principal reason to taking AFSI courses is to keep me updated on the issues related to GMO and share what I have learned to improve our regulation.”

Daniel Acosta Assistant, Agricultural and Livestock Service

“I would like to increase my knowledge on genetically engineered plants as well assessing their safety.”

Nyasha Mutsau Biosafety Officer, National Biotechnology Authority

“I am working on DNA based molecular diagnostics of GM crops. These courses will benefit my future R&D activities on diagnostic of GM crops.”

Rajesh Bhoge Scientist, DSS Imagetech Pvt. Ltd.

“I have the ambition to build up a Bangladeshi Bio-tech startup and these courses will surely help me to reach my goals.”

Sadia Noor Mou Student, University of Dhaka

“I believe this course will help me in my self and career development since I hold a bachelor’s degree in agricultural biotechnology, and I am currently a member of the regulatory team in my work.”

Lorraine Altovar Registration Assistant (Regulatory Affairs), Bayer CropScience, Inc.

“As scientific officer part of my responsibilities include risk profiling and assessment, so I am expecting to up my level of understanding of this topic with this course.”

Abdoulie Jallow Scientific Officer, The Food Safety and Quality Authority of the Gambia
South Africa

“To develop new skills and knowledge which will enable me to excel in my career and to develop and improve food safety and quality systems within our company.”

Anelia Wrensch Quality Assurance Officer, Southern Oil (Pty) Ltd

“As a researcher with interest in biotechnology especially bio-safety, the foundation course will increase my ability to address scientific issues relevant to human health and environmental sustainability. I am highly interested in learning about framework available in conducting Environmental risk assessment and safety assessment of food/feeds from genetically modified plants.”

Seyi Ebun Adeboye Senior Scientific Officer, National Biotechnology Development Agency Abuja
United States

“I plan to take the “Understanding LLP in Agricultural Biotechnology” course, which I hope will help me understand our QA results and causes of LLP in our seed lots.”

Kirstin Wolf Quality Assurance Administrator, Cargill

“I´m an Agronomist with a MS and Ph.D. in plant physiology and Biochemistry, and Agricultural Science respectively. In my former jobs, I use to work as a regulatory affairs manager/specialist in companies as KWS SAA SE, DuPont Pioneer, and Bayer CropScience. I would like to improve my knowledge as well as update myself regarding new biotech crops.”

Raul Almeida Professor, KROTON

“It would be beneficial for my profession.”

Suman Saurabh Owner, Food Laws Consultant

“I’m a researcher with interest in genetic engineering and bio safety with respect to cytogenetic and plant breeding so this training will be of great help in my field of research and agency.”

Priscilla Duru Senior Researcher, National biotechnology development agency

“To get latest advancements in human health and well-being.”

Syed Imran Ali Market Nutritionist, Nestle Pakistan

“I currently work as a lecturer, researcher and chair of the Indonesian Tempe Forum. Related to my work, I often get questions about GM and non-GM soybean as raw material for tempe (Indonesian traditional soybean fermented food), other foods and feed. Therefore I want to learn a lot about Food and Feed Safety Assessments.”

Made Astawan Professor, Bogor Agricultural University

“The theme of your courses is especially relevant for my activities because I would like to to expand my knowledge and apply my skills and my interest in biosafety and risk assessment in fields other than medical and molecular entomology.”

Alessia Cagnetti, PhD Biosafety Manager, PoloGGB
United States

“I moved into QA supervisor position and I would like to have the skills to develop the GMO program in my company.”

Laura Almeida QA Supervisor, Tribeca Oven

“I am involved in the activities of Bt eggplant in Bangladesh. More GMO crops are in pipeline. This course will help me to understand about the safety of GMO crops.”

Mohammad Kamrul Hasan Senior Scientific Officer, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute
South Africa

“I have been offered a ministerial appointment by the Department to Agriculture to give technical advice regarding import and export of GM products in South Africa. More knowledge in biotech and food safety will add significantly to the one I have in plant molecular biology.”

Motselisi Koetle Post Doctoral Research Fellow, South African Sugarcane Research Institute

“As Agronomist, I am taking this course because I need more resources on this topics.”

Tiago Makoto Otani Master's Candidate, Unesp

“In order to improve my knowledge on biosafety and international biosafety issues.”

Madalin Blidaru MA Student, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

“Required for MBB 292 course of the University of the Philippines Los Banos under Prof Desiree Hautea.”

Jude Karlo Bolivar Graduate Student, University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB)

“In order to perform better in my own field, it is important that I understand the concepts of biosafety. Learning biosafety helps me understand the possible risks and hazards that technology may pose, and through risk assessment I can perform mitigation procedures that can help in eradicating these risks and make the product of science safer for the community and its people.”

Joseph Tristan Olis Graduate Student, University of the Philippines - Los Baños

“I would like to increase my knowledge in the Food Safety field.”

Fidan Ahmadova Genetic, AFSI

“My learning in this field of study will be useful to my major field which is Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and my future work.”

Clark Ligalig Graduate Student, University of the Philippines

“I served as Biosafety Officer for Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), also was a member of Technical Advisory Committee for monitoring field trials of GE crops. presently serve as a consultant to IBC, therefore the foundation course will be helpful for me to have the latest awareness about biosafety.”

Qaiser Khan Consultant, NIBGE, Faisalabad

“I want to develop my knowledge relating to biosafety issues.”

Asuman Cansev Associate Professor, Uludag University