Mouse Development, Stem Cells & Cancer
June 7 - 26, 2017
Application Deadline: March 15, 2017


Benjamin Allen, University of Michigan
Amy Ralston, Michigan State University  


Tamara Caspary, Emory University School of Medicine
Camilla Forsberg, University of California Santa Cruz

See the roll of honor - who has taken the course in the past

This intensive lecture and laboratory course is designed for scientists interested in using mouse models to study mammalian development, stem cells and cancer. The lecture portion of the course, taught by leaders in the field, provides the conceptual basis for contemporary research in embryogenesis, organogenesis in development and disease, embryonic, adult and induced pluripotent stem cells and cancer biology.

The laboratory and workshop portions of the course provide hands-on introduction to engineering of mouse models, stem cell technologies and tissue analyses. Experimental techniques include genome editing by CRISPR/Cas9, pronuclear microinjection, isolation and culture/manipulation of pre- and post-implantation embryos, embryo transfer, embryo electroporation and roller bottle culture, chimera generation, generation and differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells and fibroblasts, vibratome and cryosectioning, in situ RNA hybridization, immunostaining, FACS sorting and analysis of hematopoietic stem cells, skeletal preparation, organ explant culture and fluorescent imaging, including live time-lapse microscopy.

2017 Confirmed Speakers:

Robert Blelloch, University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Samantha Brugmann, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Amander Clark, UCLA
Frank Costantini, Columbia University
Markus Grompe, Oregon Health Sciences University
Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Brigid Hogan, Duke University School of Medicine
Elizabeth Lacy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Diana Laird, University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Mark Lewandoski, National Cancer Institute
Robin Lovell-Badge, The Francis Crick Institute
Jesse Mager, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Terry Magnuson, University of North Carolina
David Ornitz, Washington University in St. Louis
Francis Stewart, Biotechnology Center, TU Dresden
Elizabeth Robertson, University of Oxford
Xin Sun, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
David Threadgill, Texas A&M University
Paul Trainor, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
David Tuveson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Deneen Wellik, University of Michigan Medical School
Owen Witte, UCLA

Support & Stipends

Major support provided by the National Cancer Institute

Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows:


US applicants (National Cancer Institute)
Interdisciplinary Fellowships (transitioning from outside biology)  & Scholarships (transitioning from other biological disciplines) (Helmsley Charitable Trust)
International applicants (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

Please indicate your eligibility for funding in your stipend request submitted when you apply to the course. Stipend requests do not affect selection decisions made by the instructors. 

Cost (including board and lodging): $4,800

This button links to a short form which confirms your interest in the course. No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course.

Students accepted into the course should plan to arrive by early evening on June 6 and plan to depart in the morning on June 26.