Comparative and Experimental Approaches to Aging Biology Research | Summer 2020

International Course: MDI Biological Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME, USA (Course link)

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.

 

Developmental Biology (72320), Spring 2020

Developmental biology is the forefront of research in the life sciences today and is engaged in deciphering the processes occurring during the transformation of a single cell , the fertilized egg, into an embryo and a mature organism . The course will follow the steps that describe the processes of early development and later discussed the development of various body systems, the central and peripheral nervous systems , the eye and skeleton. The course will describe the development of genetic and molecular level through cellular aspects to the whole animal. We will explore both normal development and diseases resulting from abnormal development. Students will become familiar with various animal models, as well as the tools and techniques through which one can explore stages and mechanisms acting during development.

Graduate Seminar in Genetics (88890‎) | Spring 2020

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.