A hands-on laboratory course where advanced undergraduate and graduate students are introduced to current molecular biology techniques and associated analyses used to study population genetics, systematics, and evolutionary biology in natural populations. As the teaching assistant I was responsible for demonstrating lab techniques and proper use of equipment, assisting students with lab work, answering questions about topics discussed, and marking assignments. I also gave guest lectures at various points in the class. In 2014 I helped to develop new content when the course was modified to introduce a component of next-generation sequencing. Specifically I wrote a walkthrough describing de novo assembly and alignment.