[Xenopus] 2016 Xenopus Course application deadline extended

Khokha, Mustafa mustafa.khokha at yale.edu
Wed Feb 10 09:42:48 EST 2016

Dear Colleagues,

In order to encourage applicants to the 2016 Xenopus Course at Cold Spring Harbor, we are extending the application date to Feb. 21st and are able to offer substantial support to offset course costs thanks to support from the NICHD, Helmsley Charitable Trust, and HHMI to eligible candidates.

In addition to the traditional skills taught in the Xenopus course, this year, we hope to emphasize two approaches: CRISPR based gene modification and biological imaging.  We plan to ask students for genes of interest, help them design CRISPR targeting constructs, and phenotype embryos after CRISPR mediated depletion of the gene product using all of the power of Xenopus. This was a big hit last year, and we hope will continue to be motivating for students to bring their own projects to the course.

In addition, we have the good fortune of overlapping with the Quantitative Imaging (QI) course at CSH. We plan to build interactions between our groups to image Xenopus embryos using the latest imaging methods. This was a huge success last year and offers the possibility to try light-sheet, high-speed live confocal, and super-resolution imaging methods.

Important Dates:
Course - April 5-18, 2016
Application Due Date: February 21st, 2016

We have an exciting list of speakers/instructors including:

Ira Blitz, University of California, Irvine
Sang-Wook Cha, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center
Frank Conlon, University of North Carolina
Helene Cousin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Lance Davidson, University of Pittsburgh
Heithem El-Hodiri, Nationwide Childrens Hospital Research Institute
Rebecca Heald, University of California, Berkeley
Raymond Keller, University of Virginia
Ann Miller, University of Michigan
Gerald Thomsen, Stony Brook University
John Wallingford, University of Texas at Austin
Andrea Wills, Stanford University

For more information and application submission, please visit:

Mustafa Khokha, Yale University
Karen Liu, King’s College, London

Course objectives:
microinjection, microdissection, and grafts - Organizer, animal cap, neural crest and more
in situ hybridization
CRISPR and MO loss of function.
Germ cell transplants to raise CRISPR lines
Homologous recombination in Xenopus with CRISPR
live Imaging and fluorescence - movies, photography and figure design

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