Using the two-hybrid screen in the classroom laboratory

Cell Biol Educ. Spring 2002;1(1):43-62. doi: 10.1187/cbe.02-02-0002.


The National Science Foundation and others have made compelling arguments that research be incorporated into the learning of undergraduates. In response to these arguments, a two-hybrid research project was incorporated into a molecular biology course that contained both a lecture section and a laboratory section. The course was designed around specific goals for educational outcomes, including introducing research to a wide range of students, teaching students experimental design and data analysis, and enhancing understanding of course material. Additional goals included teaching students to search genomic databases, to access scientific articles, and to write a paper in scientific format. Graded events tested these goals, and a student evaluation indicated student perception of the project. According to our analysis of the data, the yeast two-hybrid screen was a success: several novel clones were identified; students met expectations on graded lab reports, the poster session, and the final paper; and evaluations indicated that students had achieved the outlined goals. Students indicated on the evaluations that the research project increased their interest in research and greatly improved understanding of the course material. Finally, several students in the course intend to submit the findings of the research project to an undergraduate research journal.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Educational Measurement
  • Laboratories
  • Molecular Biology / education*
  • Research / education*
  • Two-Hybrid System Techniques*
  • Yeasts / genetics