June 3 - 23, 2015
Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

Diarmaid Hughes, Uppsala University, Sweden
Beth Lazazzera, University of California, Los Angeles
Fitnat Yildiz, University of California, Santa Cruz


See the roll of honor - who's taken the course in the past

The Advanced Bacterial Genetics course presents logic and methods used in the genetic dissection of complex biological processes in diverse bacteria. Laboratory methods include: classical mutagenesis using transposons, mutator strains, and chemical mutagens; recombineering with single and double stranded DNA; detection of gene expression changes using various reporter genes; the mapping of mutations using genetic and physical techniques; modern approaches to the generation and analysis of targeted gene disruptions and fusions using PCR and cloning methods; epitope insertion mutagenesis; site-directed mutagenesis; and fluorescence microscopy. Key components of the course will be the use of sophisticated genetic methods in the analysis of model bacteria (including Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Bacillus subtilis, and Vibrio cholerae), and the use of the wealth of new genomic sequence information to motivate these methods.

Invited lecturers will present various genetic approaches to study bacterial mechanisms of metabolism, development, and pathogenesis.

Speakers in 2015 include:
Sarah Ades, Penn State University
Dan Andersson,
Uppsala University, Sweden
Nello Camilli,
Centre de Genetique Moleculaire du CNRS, France
Andrew Camilli, Tufts University Medical School
David Low, University of California, Santa Barbara
Houra Merrikh,
University of Washington
Jeffrey Miller,
University of California, Los Angeles
Edward Ruby,
University of Wisconsin
Vanessa Sperandio,
UT Southwestern Medical School

The course admits 16 students, both foreign and US residents, from diverse backgrounds and career levels for intensive (but fun) instruction in microbial genetics. 

For further academic information about the course, feel free to contact the instructors.

This course is supported with funds provided by the National Science Foundation.

Cost (including tuition, board and lodging): $4,705

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 2 and plan to depart after lunch on June 23.