Gerald Thomsen gerald.h.thomsen at stonybrook.edu
Wed Dec 4 10:38:59 EST 2013


*Application deadline:  January 31, 2013*

Amy Sater, University of Houston
Gerald Thomsen, Stony Brook University
Karen Liu, King's College London

Dear Colleague -  We're pleased to announce the upcoming Xenopus Course at
CSHL, and ask you to consider sending a member of your laboratory or group
to participate, and to pass this announcement along to anyone who may
benefit from this training. A diverse faculty will bring the most
up-to-date results and theories to the students, making this course a
valuable resource for young researchers starting out in this fast-moving
and expansive field.

Xenopus is the leading vertebrate model for the analysis of gene function
in development. The combination of lineage analysis, gene-knockout
strategies, experimental manipulation of the embryo, and
genomic/bioinformatic techniques, makes it ideal for studies on the
molecular control of embryo patterning, morphogenesis and organogenesis.
Moreover, recent advances in Xenopus genomics offer new opportunities to
integrate computational strategies with experimental approaches, including
genome editing-based strategies for gene knockout. The course combines
intensive laboratory training with daily lectures from recognized experts
in the field. Students will learn both emerging technologies and classical
techniques to study gene function in Xenopus development. An important
element will be the informal interaction between students and course

Technologies to be covered will include: oocyte and embryo culture, lineage
analysis and experimental manipulation of embryos, time lapse imaging of
morphogenesis, gain and loss of function analysis using mRNAs, antisense
oligonucleotides and the CRISPR/Cas9 system, whole mount in situ
hybridization, immunocytochemistry, genomics and bioinformatics, chromatin
immunoprecipitation, preparation of transgenic embryos, and use of Xenopus
tropicalis for genetic analyses.

The Cell and Developmental Biology of Xenopus course is designed for those
new to the Xenopus field, as well as for those wanting a refresher course
in emerging technologies. For instance, participants this year will be able
to target their favorite gene by CRISPR/Cas9 methods. The course is open to
investigators from all countries.

Substantial scholarships towards tuition, room and board are available
based on stated need (apply in writing). Check out the website for more
details, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

*- Jerry*

Gerald H. Thomsen, PhD
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Center for Developmental Genetics
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5215

gerald.h.thomsen at stonybrook.edu
office phone:  001-631-632-8536
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