Advanced Techniques in Molecular Neuroscience
June 28 - July 13, 2019
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019


Cary Lai, Indiana University
Joseph LoTurco, University of Connecticut
Anne Schaefer, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital

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

This laboratory and lecture course is designed to provide neuroscientists at all levels with a conceptual and practical understanding of several of the most advanced techniques in molecular neuroscience.

The course curriculum is divided into three sections: an extensive and up-to-date set of laboratory exercises, daily lectures covering the theoretical and practical aspects of the various methods used in the laboratory, and a series of evening research seminars.

The informal and interactive evening lectures will be given by leading molecular neuroscientists and will serve to illustrate the ways in which the various experimental approaches have been used to advance specific areas of neurobiology.

In this year's course, the laboratory portion will include topics such as:

  • Introduction to the design and use of animal virus vectors in neurobiology
  • Use of CRISPR genome editing and RNAi approaches for regulating the expression of specific genes in neurons
  • Practical exercises in gene delivery systems including mammalian cell infection and transfection and electroporation techniques for targeted gene transfer in vivo
  • Introduction to overall strategies, use and design of BAC transgenic vectors
  • Real time RT-PCR analyses
  • Assays of chromatin and chromatin structure in neurons, and mRNA isolation from specified neural subtypes by TRAP

2019 Lecturers & Module Leaders Include:

Pinar Ayata, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Robert Darnell, The Rockefeller University/HHMI/NY Genome Center
James Eberwine, University of Pennsylvania
Kurt Haas, University of British Columbia
Brandon Harvey, National Institutes of Health
Corey Harwell, Harvard Medical School
Paul Kenny, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Shane Liddelow, New York University
Bryan Luikart, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
Eric Schmidt, The Rockefeller University
Debra Silver, Duke University Medical Center
Jennifer Treweek, University of Southern California

The CSHL Meetings & Courses Program is strongly committed to diversity in the recruitment and selection of participants for all our courses. See our diversity policy here. We strongly encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this course.

Support & Stipends:

Major support provided by: National Institute of Mental Health.

Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows-


We would like to acknowledge the following companies that provided invaluable support:
Leica Microsystems, Inc., Nikon Instruments, Inc.
Equipment: Agilent Technologies, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Electron Microscopy Sciences, Leica Biosystems, Molecular Devices, Thermo Fisher Scientific, World Precision Instruments
Donations: Addgene, AG Scientific, Inc., Antibodies-Online, Bangs Laboratories Inc., CrystalGen, Inc., Epicypher, Inc., GenScript  Biotech, Macherey-Nagel, Inc.

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): $4,345

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 27 and plan to depart after lunch on July 13.

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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