Advanced Bacterial Genetics
June 8 - 28, 2016
Application Deadline: March 31, 2016


Lionello Bossi, Institute of Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC), France
Andrew Camilli, Tufts University Medical School
Houra Merrikh, University of Washington


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 and cutting-edge mutagenesis using transposons, mutator strains, and error-prone PCR; recombineering with single and double stranded DNA; CRISPR/Cas genome editing; genome sequencing and assembly; detection of gene expression changes using reporter genes; mapping mutations using genetic and physical techniques; modern approaches to the generation and analysis of targeted gene disruptions and fusions using PCR and cloning methods; linker-scanning 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.

2017 Speakers:

Ry Young, Texas A & M University
Anca Segall, San Diego State University
Pepe Casadesús, University of Seville, Spain
Luciano Marraffini, The Rockefeller University
Jade Wang, University of Wisconsin
Yan Boucher, University of Alberta, Canada
Stefan Pukatzki, University of Alberta, Canada

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.

Support & Stipends

 Major support provided by the National Science Foundation

Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows:


US applicants (National Science Foundation)
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): $4,705

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 7 and plan to depart after lunch on June 28.