Advanced Bacterial Genetics
June 4 - 24, 2019
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019


Lionello Bossi, Institute of Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC), France
Andrew Camilli, Tufts University Medical School
Angelika Grundling, Imperial College London, UK


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, allelic exchange, and TargeTron
  • Recombineering with single and double stranded DNA
  • CRISPR/Cas genome editing; genome sequencing and assembly
  • Mapping mutations using genetic and physical techniques
  • Modern approaches to the generation and analysis of targeted gene disruptions and reporter gene fusions
  • 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, Staphylococcus aureus, 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 2019 include:

Ankur Dalia, Indiana University
Carol Gross, University of California, San Francisco
Daniel Kearns, Indiana University
Stanley Maloy, San  Diego State University
Wai-Leung Ng, Tufts University School of Medicine
Jan Witkowski, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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: National Science Foundation.

Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows-

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.


We would like to acknowledge the following companies that provided invaluable support:

Microscopes: Morrell Instruments Co., Inc.
Equipment: RC Testing LLC, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Cost (including board and lodging): $4,990

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 3 and plan to depart after lunch on June 24

Before applying, ensure you have:
  1. Personal statement/essay;
  2. Letter(s) of recommendation;
  3. Curriculum vitae/resume (optional);
  4. Financial aid request (optional).
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