Comparative and Experimental Approaches to Aging Biology Research | Summer 2019

International Course: MDI Biological Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME, USA

This new hands-on research training course brings together leading scientists and students to explore established and emerging aging research model systems. Held near Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine, the course emphasizes research using diverse experimental approaches and systems. Within this dynamic environment participants will:  (1) Examine, characterize and compare mechanisms relevant to the biology of human aging in systems including C. elegans, Drosophila, African Turquoise killifish, and mice; (2) Gain practical guidance regarding the analysis of big data used in conjunction with modern experimentation (e.g., RNAseq, QTL, GWAS); (3) Become empowered to incorporate new systems and technology (CRISPR, microinjection, mRNA translation profiling, quantitative fluorescence microscopy, and more) into their program of research; (4) Learn to utilize and develop new metrics of healthspan in application to aging research, and (5) Become part of a growing network of colleagues within the aging research community.

Graduate Seminar in Genetics (88890‎) | Spring semester 2019

The course is based on seminars that are presented by the students, focusing on their research question and their scientific progress. During the semester, we will also have lectures focusing on topics with academic importance, such as how to write an abstract, and how to submit a paper.  All members of the institute are welcome to join and contribute. Students will (1) perfect their abilities in critical reading of scientific literature; (2) presenting a scientific seminar; (3) will learn how to write a scientific abstract; and will (4) familiarize themselves with the advanced research topics and techniques in genetics.