Improvement of Classical PCR-Based Food Forensics Methods Using the QIAxcel Advanced

Food forensics aims to control food authenticity and the accurate labeling of food products. Many molecular biology methods can be used for food analysis, but one of the most common is DNA analysis by gel electrophoresis. In this webinar, we will present our work to improve classical PCR-based food forensics methods using the QIAxcel Advanced System for automated electrophoresis analysis. Adding QIAxcel Advanced to our workflow increased speed and ease-of-use and improved the repeatability and reproducibility of a range of molecular methods used in our daily food forensics work.
In this webinar, we will discuss the following examples:
  • Identification and quantification of basmati rice varieties by SSR-PCR analysis
  • Meat and fish identification
  • Identification of two snail species by species-specific PCR
Tamar Vardi will give the presention on behalf of Renaud Cassier.

Renaud Cassier, Research and Development Scientist, AdGène Laboratoire

Renaud Cassier is a Research and Development Scientist at AdGène Laboratoire in Thury-Harcourt, France. He joined the company in 2009 and develops PCR, metagenomic, and DNA chip methods. He has worked on using DNA chip technology for detecting pathogenic bacteria and has also developed innovative PCR- and electrophoresis-based solutions for analyzing coffee, barley, snails, and other food products. He holds a master's degree in biotechnology and initially worked on the characterization of a lactic flora for the dairy industry.
Tamar Vardi, Applications Scientist, QIAGEN

Tamar Vardi is an Applications Scientist at QIAGEN. In this role, she provides technical expertise on the automation of DNA technologies, assay instruments, and their related softwares. She gives demonstrations and trainings, and also works actively in the laboratory, expanding DNA extraction applications, testing new workflows, and designing Pyrosequencing assays. Before joining QIAGEN, Tamar worked in the areas of nature education as well as neuroscience research. In her most recent position at the University of Pennsylvania, she uncovered the novel localization and function of glutamate receptors, using confocal microscopy, immunoblotting, and RT-PCR.