Advanced Bacterial Genetics
June 7 - 27, 2022
Application & Materials Deadline: March 24, 2022

Individuals who applied to the course in 2020 may update their application by sending a 1-2 paragraph research progress update to Shannon Silva.


Marc Erhardt, Humbold University Berlin, Germany
Angelika Grundling, Imperial College London, UK
Stefan Pukatzki, City University of New York, USA


COVID-19: All participants planning to attend in-person will be required to provide documentary proof of full vaccination AND first booster (when eligible) with an FDA or EMA approved vaccine. Additional safety measures will be in line with current NY and federal guidelines applicable in summer 2022.


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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 and allelic exchange
  • Recombineering with single and double stranded DNA
  • CRISPR/Cas genome editing
  • Genome sequencing and assembly
  • Mapping mutations using genetic and next-generation sequencing techniques
  • Generation of genomic DNA libraries and use for genetic screens
  • 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.

2022 Course Lecturers:

Lionello Bossi, Institute of Integrative Biology of the Cell(I2BC), France 
Andrew Camilli, Tufts University Medical School 
Andrew Darwin, New York University
Heran Darwin, New York University
Rasika Harshey, University of Texas at Austin
Kelly Hughes, University of Utah
Richard Kessin, Columbia University
Fitnat Yildiz, University of California, Santa Cruz

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:

We would like to acknowledge the following companies that provided invaluable support:
Morrell Instruments, Co, Inc
RC Testing LLC, Thermo Fisher Scientific

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.


Cost (including board and lodging): $5,340

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 after lunch on June 27.

Before applying, ensure you have (All Due March 24):
  1. Personal statement/essay;
  2. Letter(s) of recommendation;
  3. Curriculum vitae/resume (optional);
  4. Financial aid request (optional).
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