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Embryology: Concepts & Techniques in Modern Developmental Biology
Directors: Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Stowers Institute for Medical Research; and Richard  R. Behringer , University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Course Date: June 7- July 20, 2014
Online Application Form, Deadline extended to February 7, 2014
Course Website | 2014 Schedule (PDF)

An intensive six-week laboratory and lecture course for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and more senior researchers who seek a broad and balanced view of the modern issues of developmental biology. Limited to 24 students.

The integrated lectures and laboratories provide a comprehensive coverage of the paradigms, problems, and technologies of modern developmental biology, cast within a framework of metazoan evolution. Students are exposed to a wide variety of embryonic systems, including intensively studied genetic model systems ( e.g. C. elegans , Drosophila , zebrafish mouse) and others with well-established experimental attributes ( e.g. chick, sea urchins, frogs, ascidians). In addition, students will be introduced to a wide range of emerging systems, including locally available marine organisms, that help fill in the evolutionary history of animal diversity ( e.g. cnidarians, nemerteans, planaria, crustaceans, mollusks, and annelids) and that are becoming established as experimental systems in their own right. This broad coverage of metazoan phylogeny allows for the analyses of the developmental strategies that drive evolutionary change. Analytical and experimental techniques used to explore invertebrate and vertebrate development include embryological manipulation (e.g. cell ablation, tissue grafting), molecular genetic ( e.g. RNAi, electroporation) and cell biology approaches ( e.g. analysis of cell lineage and migratory behaviour), and microscopic and imaging technologies (e.g. confocal and 3-D time lapse), using state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodology. Conceptual topics include cell specification and differentiation, pattern formation, embryonic axis formation, morphogenesis, intercellular signaling, transcriptional regulation, organogenesis, and modern comparative embryology.

2013 Course Faculty & Lecturers:

Arendt, Detlev, EMBL
Baker, Clare, University of Cambridge
Bronner, Marianne, California Institute of Technology
Collazo, Andres, House Research Institute
Degnan, Bernie, University of Queensland
Farber, Steven, Carnegie Institution
Franko, Maryrose, HHMI
Galliot, Brigitte, University of Geneva
Hariharan, Iswar, University of California Berkeley
Harland, Richard, University of California Berkeley
Henry, Jonathan, University of Illinois
Keller, Raymond, University of Virginia
Kimble, Judith, University of Wisconsin
Krumlauf, Robert, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Mayor, Roberto, University College London
Mcclay, David, Duke University
Niswander, Lee, University of Colorado Denver
Ober, Elke, National Institute for Medical Research
Patel, Nipam, University of California Berkeley
Piotrowski, Tatjana, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Rokhsar, Daniel, University of California Berkeley
Ronshaugen, Matthew, University of Manchester
Ross, Eric, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Rothman, Joel, University of California Santa Barbara
Rushlow, Christine, New York University
Schier, Alexander, Harvard University
Seaver, Elaine, University of Florida
Shapiro, Michael, University of Utah
Sherwood, David, Duke University
Spradling, Allan, Carnegie Institution for Science
Stern, Claudio, University College London
Streit, Andrea, King's College London
Sussel, Lori, Columbia University
Swalla, Billie, University of Washington
Thomsen, Gerald, Stony Brook University
Trainor, Paul, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Wallingford, John, University of Texas
Wieschaus, Eric, Princeton University
Wikramanayake, Athula, University of Miami
Zeller, Robert, San Diego State University

This course is supported with funds provided by:



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